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City Jazz Quartet


The City Jazz Quartet an Inverness-based quartet comprising trombone, clarinet/sax, guitar and bass delighted a full house in the atmospheric Collegiate Church during the 2022 festival.

They play standards and mainstream jazz. Brian Keddie (trombone) has played extensively throughout the UK in various line-ups, along with Brian Kellock, Kenny Ellis, the late Bill Kyle, guitarist Dave Cliff, various American musicians on tour and singer Tam White for whom he also did arrangements. Colin Smith (double bass) is in regular demand for gigs and sessions. He is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s finest bass players and has played with many visiting American jazz stars. Mike MacKenzie (clarinet and saxes) Has played extensively in the North over a number of years on the Trad music scene. He is highly regarded as a multi instrumentalist and is regularly called for jazz gigs. Roger Niven (guitar) plays a wide variety of styles. His jazz EP, ‘Circus FM”, featuring some of the UK’s foremost session players, received critical acclaim. In 2016 he made a blues album in New Orleans.

Music with Ruairidh Gollan

Ruairidh Gollan supported no less than four live author events during the St Duthac Book and Arts Festival.


Ruairidh is a fiddle player and an accordionist from Edderton. He graduated with a BA Applied Music from the UHI in 2020 and has been performing in bands and as a soloists for many years. He most recently toured as part of the House band for Eden Court’s Under Canvas on Tour and played at The Gathering Festival in Inverness. Ruairidh has always had a passion for traditional music and was brought up playing with Gizzen Briggs and learning with the local Fèiseans.

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