Sétanta formed in the mid
70's from the session scene in Glasgow and Lanarkshire and, with a number of
changes in line-up during the years since, was still playing at Folk Clubs and
Festivals until 2006. As well as playing throughout the UK, Sétanta toured
extensively in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Italy.
sound was firmly rooted in a combination of Uilléan Pipes, played by David
Munro, the Hammered Dulcimer and Concertina playing of Jack Bethel , the Irish Traditional singing of Colin
McAllister, Mike Berry
on Fiddle, Stewart McIsaac on Bouzouki and at one point, Donald MacInnes
on Flute and Maggie MacInnes , Gaelic song / Clarsach. Hunter McConnell,
Guitar/Vocal, joined Sétanta in 1988 and brought Scottish songs, particularly
Burns songs, to the bands repertoire. Gearoid O Laoghaire, a fiddle player
from Cork, joined the band for several trips. After Mike and Hunter left,
two Irish musicians, Finbar Naughton, Fiddle / Mandolin, and Tony
Campbell, Bouzouki / Vocal, joined Sétanta for a couple of
Latterly it was three of the founder members, Dave, Jack and
Colin, playing as a trio, who were the carriers of the name.
recorded two albums, "Sétanta" in 1988 and "Crossing the Borderlines" with Ian Walker (Fellside FECD88).
recorded two "Sounds Gaelic" programmes for Scottish Television and several
"Travelling Folk" programmes for BBC Radio Scotland.