Meet the Midnight Specials…
The Midnight Specials were formed by Chris Bradley and Austen George, both of whom have been playing professionally for many years in a number of different bands.
Donna (left) is a Fife born singer and songwriter who takes on combined vocals/guitar/keys/ukelele duties as well as calling the ceilidh songs to keep the crowd right on the night. Some notable career highlights include penning & self-releasing a Radio 1 Album of the Month, touring/recording with KT Tunstall & winning a Creative Scotland Award last year to develop her singing techniques in Copenhagen.
Chris Bradley (right) on vocals and guitar is the winner of the 2013 BAFTA New Talent Award for Best Original Music and has written music in many and varied styles for film and TV. As well as his composition work, he has gained much recognition for his songwriting skills.
Austen George (below left) also on guitar and vocals has been playing in bands for many years and form the band with Chris B. When not playing in the MS the paid of them can occasionally be seen playing in various hostelries in the capital and at the odd street fair as a duo.
Hailing from the North-East of Scotland, Chris Herraghty on bass (bottom left) has a strong musical history in the form of both classical tuition and Scottish/ceilidh fiddle music. He continued this in Edinburgh where he has had extensive experience playing fiddle, guitar and bass in numerous bands.
Keeping the beat at the back is the living legend that is Ian Stoddart (Below Right). Stoddie, as he tends to get called has been involved in some of Scotland’s most happening bands such as Aberfeldy,Win and William Douglas and the Wheel. His influences include The Beatles, Nile Rogers and Stevie Wonder. Regarded by many as one of the most versatile drummers in Scotland-Ian Stoddart has a history of stage,screen and radio and it’s even rumoured he once starred in a film with Johnny Depp…
The band pride themselves on their musicianship and flexibility to amend the set list on the night, so set lists are irrelevant for the most part and for the Bandeoke section they can learn your favourite song so can belt it out yourself with a full band behind you rather than just a backing track. They can also provide drinks reception music by way of the duo or trio and Donna can be booked to sing at the ceremony, with or without her ukulele.