Recently returned from Their Uprising Tour of Italy, they are ready to take off once again, barring accidents! Reason they cannot be live in the studio is that Andy took a header down the stairs and broke his leg! We will catch up with them live later and remember to vote in the SNMA – Scottish New Music Awards as they are nominated for an award!
Stramash Scotland formed in late 2010 by members Andrew Lowrie (Drums and backing vocals aka Papa Mash) and Andrew Jackson (lead vocals and rhythm guitar aka A.J.). Borne of the pair’s close friendship and mutual love of Traditional Scottish and modern rock music they decided to merge the two and create a sound that they could both personally identify with. After much talking and some “exploratory” rehearsals, the natural feeling and energy of the music flowed like sacred whisky!!! And their love child Stramash Scotland was born.
Within a few short months the band was up to full strength with a line-up of 6 members.
First to join Andy and AJ was bassist Will Maxwell (aka The Kiser) who immediately improved the range and musicality of the band’s sound with his knowledge of both Folk and Rock styles, William also being a great singer added that 3rd harmony element to Stramash which has become such a large part of their sound.
He was quickly followed by lead guitarist Michael Gilfeather (aka Gilly)who brought with him an energy we have likened to Thunder! Michael being the only Glaswegian in the Band brings that certain “panache” that only a Glaswegian can bring!!
The next piece of the puzzle was a piper.
After much harassment and stalking, a great friend and fellow Clan Wallace member of Andrew Lowrie’s finally joined the band in the summer of 2011.
Alan Buchan (aka Biber)brings that essential sound of the Bagpipes and whistle to Stramash. Alans traditional musical knowledge is vast but also mixed in this melting pot is his love for rock music, this is what gives Alan his unique style of the “Rock Piper”.
The final member to join the band was keyboard virtuoso Elaine Williamson, as well as adding delicate flourishes of piano and synth to the Stramash sound, Elaine also helps maintain a level of decorum whenever the men are misbehaving.
Elaine is a well accomplished musician, As the head of Rock Choir in Glasgow, she brings all the elements that are needed in the fusion that has become Stramash.
In early 2011 the band locked themselves away in the rehearsal studio and after a fair shedding of blood, sweat and tears, Stramash emerged triumphant with the sound that they had created ready for the road ahead…TARTAN FOLK ‘N’ ROCK! –