The Devil’s Tailors germinated in the heads of piper/fiddler Peter Walker and SixMileBridge alum Anders Johansson in 2005. After experimenting with different formats, the band debuted as a 2-person act at the March 2007 National Tartan Day Festival.
Peter Walker – bagpipes, fiddle, whistle, and vocals
Raised in Texas, Peter began studying the Highland bagpipes in 2001, and brushed sixteen years of dust off his violin to study Scottish fiddle from Elke Baker in 2002. More recently, he has studied Gaelic and the wire-strung harp.
Peter performs with Jim in Tweedsyde, and plays with the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums, solo, and with other local bands. he has competed on both fiddle and bagpipes, ranking 4th overall in EUSPBA Grade IV Sr. in 2006, and has twice competed in the US National Scottish Fiddle Championships. He also plays for dances, also performs historical reenactments as an 18th century Jacobite. Peter teaches both Scottish fiddling and bagpipes.
Peter brings his love of high energy dance tunes and strong musicological background to the band.
Jim Stimson – guitars and Irish bouzouki
A multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, Jim’s main musical love is renaissance and baroque lute music, but his collection of exotic instruments extends to numerous varieties of string and wind. Jim also performed with the Homespun Ceilidh Band, solo, and in period instrument ensembles, including the Folger Consort and the New York Continuo Collective. He also has provided music for several Shakespeare plays. Jim performs with Peter in Tweedsyde.
In addition, Jim has edited several editions of the Lute Society of America quarterly and continues to conduct research on various early music subjects.
Jim hails from Okemos, Michigan.
Scott Morrison – bodhran, whistles, var. percussion, vocals
Scott Morrison is a music instructor living in Elkridge, Maryland where he has been running his school, Rimshots, where he has taught private percussion lessons and workshops workshops on the bodhran, spoons, bones, and tin whistle for nearly 20 years.
Scott plays in the world beat band called Big Blow and the Bushwackers and he led his own Scottish/Irish traditional ensemble called Dileab Phriseil (Precious Heritage), and has performed with Celtic music notables like Billy McComisky, Bonnie Rideout, Neil Foley, Andrew Dodds, Ben Williams, Skylark, Donna Nomick, and now The Devil’s Tailors.
Scott is a fluent Scottish Gaelic speaker and has worked part time as an on-line Gaelic instructor a Gaelic phone interpreter. He also writes Gaelic poetry, sings traditional Gaelic songs, and holds BA in Gaelic Language and Culture through the Gaelic College on Skye.
Scott joined the band in May 2017.
Selena Healey – fiddle
Selena Healey began playing the violin as a child growing up in Anchorage, Alaska. She started as a violinist playing in school orchestras, with the Anchorage Youth Symphony as a teenager, and later with the Fairbanks Symphony. She started fiddling on a dare. Her younger sister had competed in the Alaska State Fair fiddle contest and said Selena would be too chicken to do so herself. The rest is history.
Selena started out playing old time and bluegrass fiddle music, but she always had an affinity for Celtic music. She moved to Maryland in 2003 where she has played with the pit orchestra for 2nd Star Productions and with the Celtic Band Dileab Phriseil, along with the Tailors’ own Scott Morrison.
Selena joined the band in Summer 2018.
Amy Gray – vocals, shruti, harp, sound
Amy Gray began singing with the band on occasion in Fall 2012, and we started bringing her into the performances more regularly in Fall 2013. Hailing from Dayton, Ohio by way of Charlotte, NC, and a visual artist by avocation, Amy found herself roped into the band by her husband, Peter, whom she also joins in 18th century Jacobite reenactments. Raised in the church choir, singing has been with her all her life.
Amy also handles the band’s booking, and working sound at our smaller pub gigs.
Guest Musicians have included:
Liz Donaldson (on piano, for Ceilidh gigs)
Andrew Dodds (on fiddle)
EJ Jones (on low whistle/smallpipes)
Keith Carr (on Celtic cittern)
Katy Summerlin (on fiddle)
Lauren Brenzo (on fiddle)
Chris Lindsay (guitar, percussion, whistle, vocals) 2006 – 2015
Susanne Bard (fiddle) 2008 – 2011
Chelle Fulk (fiddle) 2011-2012
Susan McIntosh-Worrell (fiddle) 2012 – 2013
Rosemary Hall (fiddle) 2015 – 2016
Jennifer Lubell (bodhran, Irish & Highland dance) 2015 – 2017
Kaitlyn Likas (fiddle, Highland & Irish Dance) 2016 – 2017
Catherine Skye McClain (fiddle, Highland Dance) 2017 – 2018