My playing is rooted in the gaelic traditions of Skye, where I come from. I’ve been influenced by fiddle styles and other traditions whereever I’ve been and love to collaborate with other musicians.
I studied the BA Applied Music course at Strathclyde University and later the Advanced Jazz Diploma at St Andrews University.


Photo credit: Derek Elliot-Jones

Martin Macdonald on guitar and pipes, Nathan Bissette on guitar, bass and banjo and Katherine Liley on fiddle.
Pipe tunes, Gow, jazz and our own original melodies – exciting arrangements, nonsense, and a delight in playing together. Ideal for festivals, accoustic and folk clubs.

The band started with Martin and Katherine as a duo and we are happy to play this way when Nathan is not available.

John McFadden Of Melfort Set

The Lovaig Bay Dance Band

Ann Stewart, Barry Nisbit and Katherine Liley are the Lovaig Bay Dance Band. Ann gets everyone dancing and plays the fiddle, Barry plays guitar, fiddle and sings and Katherine also plays fiddle.
We bring our own fully PAT tested PA system.
Everything you need for a fantastic night!

Dance Bands

I step in and play for other bands when they need a fiddle player. I’m happy to play their music or use my own dance sets. I bring extra copies of my dance book so everyone can see the chords.

Playing for Step Dancers

I’ve always enjoyed playing for Scottish and Cape Breton step dancers. These are photos by Ros Gasson of Kae Sakurai’s Step Swap weekend in Birnam, where I was playing with Mikey Smith for the dancers.

Kae is a great dancer, dance teacher and all round great person – you can visit her website here.


I played fiddle for and wrote tunes as part Skelpaig, with Dave Sutherland on Guitar and David Adam on Pipes and Whistles. We toured Scotland and released an album in 2008 called “…Aye?”
We recorded at Watercolour Studios in Ardgour.
We’re proud of all the reviews and loved every moment of the tours!

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