Marianne Fraser (Guitar & Vocals) is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and former student at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music. Taught fiddle from an early age by Aonghas Grant Senior, Marianne really began her musical career when she started taking guitar lessons from Jack Evans of the Easy Club. Marianne has also studied singing under the tutelage of Mick West and brings a variety of traditional and contemporary songs to the trio. While in France with folk quintet CherryGrove, Marianne featured alongside Sinead O’ Conor and Capercaillie on Festival de Interceltique’s annual album release. She is also a member of the successful Jim Jam Ceilidh Band who perform regularly throughout the UK.
Ron Jappy (Fiddle & Piano) was born and brought up in the small coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland. He began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in Primary School and it was during this time that he also learned to play the piano. In secondary school, Ron found himself in higher demand for functions and events and subsequently formed a ceilidh band, Cruachan, who still gig to this day. Since moving to Glasgow, Ron has become an accomplished fiddle, guitar and piano player and is currently perusing a variety of musical projects including The Scott Wood Trio and playing with Singer – Songwriter Becca Fox. In 2011, 12 & 13 Ron was one of only 8 finalists to be invited to the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Blair Castle and received 3rd place in the 2012 competition.
A recent graduate of the Scottish music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Grant McFarlane (Accordion) is a dynamic young accordionist who performs and teaches extensively around Scotland and further afield. His latest venture with folk ensemble, CherryGrove, has seen him supporting established bands such as Manran and Breabach (having performed at Olympic Park during the height of the games in 2012, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of Scotland’s most exciting up and coming bands). With a passion for writing his own music, Grant is a keen composer and recently won the Mod Phaislig 2013 tune competition. As a result, his ceilidh band, Scotia, who are widely sought after on the dance band scene, opened the Mod when it came to his hometown of Paisley in 2013. He is also promoting traditional music on an international scale having been part of musical collaborations in France, Germany and the USA and was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.