Change of name for Finniston

TOP Shetland musician Andrew Gifford’s band Finniston have had a rethink and name change following the January release of their album Organised For Hi-Fi.

They are now to be known as Captain and the Kings and have ditched all but one of the songs recorded under their previous incarnation after the band became slightly disillusioned by their musical direction.

The new name is taken from the title to a song by the Dubliners, a favourite of Banchory brother and sister duo Steven Finnie and Jolene Crawford, who are the focal point of the group. Fiddlers’ Bid man Gifford played double bass, now electric bass, for the band and the line-up is completed by drummer Jamie Attridge, originally from Skye.

The band had initially planned to perform a show in the isles this summer but after the change in direction have spent the past six months writing and rehearsing new material. The laid-back, melodic first single, On My Own, is available to listen to free on the band’s website ( along with two demos recorded in recent months.

Gifford told this newspaper: “We released the album and everybody that had bought the previous EPs bought it, but as a band we just felt the songs weren’t ‘of the moment’.”

Captain and the Kings’ only scheduled show at present will be at the Belladrum Festival in Inverness on 9th August.


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