Hector Gilchrist, who is well known as an interpreter of Robert Burns' songsWhilst growing up in a musical family in Ayrshire, Hector Gilchrist was invited to join the ranks of a well-known band leader and musical arranger. However he opted for a career as a Dairy Technologist, initially in Further Education and then traveling extensively representing the interests of major Dairy engineering groups. Where possible, his guitar was usually to hand. Whilst based with The MMB in the early 70’s he became a regular performer at The Surbiton Folk Club,with Derek Sarjeant and Hazel King and during a later five year period in Ireland, was a popular resident singer at The well known “Pipers Inn” near Ballina, in Co. Clare.Today he is a regular visitor to the Ram Folk Club and The Cabbage Patch (Twickfolk) He has recorded four C.D.’s on the well known English label,  Wildsgoose.


His early exposure to the collected songs of his native country has resulted in him being acknowledged as one of the finest interpreters of the songs of Burns and he is in much demand for Burns night celebrations.

Hector was an early resident at the Sing Out Folk Club in Crewe, Cheshire in 1965. He recorded his first ballad on the 1966 LP of the Liverpool Folk Festival.

Hector Gilchrist, singerA move to Aberdeen in 1969 enabled him to become immersed in the traditional music of the North East and listen to many of the iconic performers of that time as well as becoming a regular performer and Honorary Member of the Aberdeen Folk Club

Moving later to Surrey  in 1972, he has continued to perform at Clubs and Festivals throughout the UK and Ireland, with occasional forays abroad.

Liz Thomson & Hector Gilchrist, Selkie, 2014

Photo by Karen Hemmingha

Now retired from business, Hector is finding time to take on more musical challenges and is available for Club and Festival bookings.

Selkie, at Banbury Burns Evening.: