Point Five formed in 2010 to play weddings for our friends and relatives. Word spread, and we've refined our performances to suit a range of events. In choosing Point Five, you can expect a stress-free and personalised ceilidh experience. We will discuss your needs with you to customise timing and dance styles for you and your guests, provide all sound equipment and setup, and make logistical arrangements with your venue. Simply tell us the ceilidh you want, then sit back and let the magic happen.
Anna Kintner is a classically trained violinist who took a leap of faith into fiddling during university. She has performed in orchestral, Scottish, Irish and bluegrass styles in the US and Scotland, and brings a rich blend of original and traditional tunes to the band lineup. When not playing the fiddle, she can be found crunching data in the field of marine biology.
Born and bred in the Scottish Highlands, Sarah Brown has been immersed in a vibrant culture of traditional music all her life. She began learning violin and fiddle at school at the age of eight, and has continued participating in the Feisean (traditional folk art and music productions in the Highlands) movement ever since. Sarah plays a mixture of Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and Shetland tunes. Offstage, she works as a nurse.
Australian professional fiddler Jeri Foreman is fantastically talented already having two solo CD’s under her belt, and since she joined the band we’ve been having a great time together. She’s a real fan of American old-time music, and also plays a mean five-string fiddle!
David Fisher is originally from London, but having consumed enough whisky north of the border, should be considered a naturalised Scot. In addition to his skills as a piano accompanist, Dave is a talented fiddler and tunesmith. Outside of Point Five, Dave is a software engineer and an enthusiastic foodie.
Band leader Martin Stewart plays a mean Scottish guitar, with catchy percussive rhythms that will have you tapping your feet and flying over the dance floor. He’s an accomplished fiddler himself, inspired especially by the musical traditions of the Shetland Islands. Offstage, Martin works as an electrical engineer and can be found hunting seashore storms on a windsurf board.
“The most important thing about dancing is that it should feel good. Working with this band is a delight because their wonderful music cannot fail to make you want to get up and share that with other people.” Our caller, Anne Ritchie just loves to dance and enjoys sharing the joy of social dancing with people of all ages and abilities.
Sarah Barker has just joined us as a dance caller, which is great since she has a wicked Australian sense of humour to back up her 20-odd years of ceilidh dancing. She’s also a performing step-dancer. Off-stage, she is a mining engineer, and may have found her pot of gold under a Scottish rainbow.
Point Five were great! Band played amazing music, and the dance callers were fab! We had a tough crowd of anti-dancers but they got them up dancing and we had an amazing time!! Thank you for such a fun evening! Highly recommend! ”
SGW, Google Review