Tattie Jam offer a distinctive brew of songs, from dark ballads and protest songs to off-the wall humour, and tunes ranging from slow airs to driving Strathspeys and kinetic jigs and reels. Much of our material's given a playful or funky contemporary twist, with contrast provided by the odd starker a capella song or unaccompanied tune.
Our material's a diverse but harmonious blend of reinterpreted songs and tunes plundered from the hugely rich Scottish tradition, and songs and tunes written by Ruaridh. Thoughtful arrangements and the fact both musicians harmonise vocals whilst playing elements of lead, rhythm and percussion give Tattie Jam a sound that's quite unmistakable, and consistently surprises new listeners with its size and scope.
Vocals, acoustic cello, 5-string electric cello, stomp-box, shakers
From Milngavie near Glasgow, Seylan is one of Scotland's best-known and most accomplished traditional cellists, having collaborated with several of the country's foremost artists. As well as with Tattie Jam, she performs regularly with Alaskan harper Cheyenne Brown, with whom she released the critically acclaimed album 2:forty in 2007.
Seylan is a graduate of Glasgow's Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD), where she studied Scots cello and song. Also an ex-tutor at the RSAMD, she teaches at Alasdair Fraser's fiddle school in the Isle of Skye and the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, and is co-founder of the Scottish Harp and Cello Festival.
Vocals, guitar, tenor banjo, didgeridoo, mandolin, stomp-box & shakers
Habitually nomadic but presently based in Helensburgh, in Argyll & Bute on the SW edge of the Highlands, Ruaridh is an accomplished singer and multi-instrumentalist with a versatile and highly distinctive style, as well as a prolific and prize-winning writer and arranger of both songs and traditional-style tunes.
Though largely self-taught, he was also a student of Lews Castle College Benbecula's internationally regarded course in Traditional Music, where he was taught by some of the best musicians in the Scottish, Cape Breton and Irish traditional musical traditions.