Our Story

Fiùran (Sapling) is a Canadian Celtic rock group that showcases an eclectic assortment of original and cover material with vocals sung predominantly in Scottish Gàidhlig.

 
Randy Waugh - Creative Director, Composer, Bass, Irish Whistles, Bagpipes, Vocals

Randy, originally from Callander, Ontario, has performed on many recordings playing various instruments and singing over the past 45 years. He was originally a classically trained trumpet player, who also plays bass guitar, Irish whistles and bagpipes. His music career took a positive turn after an audition with Jimmy Huff and David Stone in Mississauga in the mid 1970’s. He has performed at many venues over the years in many musical styles in North America and the UK and has been primarily active on the Ottawa/Quebec (Tear, System, The Gordon Stone Band, Sauron) and Toronto (Rocker,  McNaull & Brown, Elle) music scenes. He formed and led the renowned Ar n-Òran Gàidhlig choir to several successes including recognition at the Royal National Mòd in Scotland, and performances of his original compositions at the Crowning of Bard Lewis MacKinnon ceremony in Stornoway in 2011. Some of the acts he’s played with/directed and recorded with are: TWNJC Jazz band (1990-2001);  musical compositions that accompany Evening Song - Òran Feasgair, his second novel (2001); Sons of Scotland Pipe Band (2002-2016); Ar n-Òran Gàidhlig Choir (2009-2012); Fiùran (2016-Present)
 
Krista Grant - Vocals, Fiddle, Mandolin, Bagpipes, Whistles, Highland Snare

Krista, born and raised in Atlantic Canada, has been playing violin since the age of 9. In her teens, she taught herself to play guitar and mandolin. After moving to Ottawa, she became involved in Gàighlig language learning and singing - winning gold medals at Mòd Chanada and the US National Mòd. In recent years, she has learned to play the bagpipes, Irish whistle, and highland snare drum. Krista has performed as part of the award-winning Ar n-Òran Gàidhlig Choir, The Atlantic Voices Choir, Clan Daestyn, and the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band.

Rik Livesey - Guitars 

Rik, originally from Ottawa, has been rocking South Florida for over 20 years. He has held the guitar chair for many bands over the last 40 years, a few of which include: Tear, Trojan Hammer, Sauron, Rockin' Horse, Intruder, Dorian Grey and most recently the amazing Rush cover band Hemispheres. Rik also worked at Atkinson Film Arts and Crawley films and was involved with working on projects such as Heavy Metal: The Movie (1981) and an assortment of animated television programs. After re-locating to South Florida in the mid-90's, Rik has kept busy playing and writing music and has owned and ran a successful restaurant for over 20 years. He is looking forward to relocating back to Canada in the near future. 

Mike Wetmore - Drums

Mike has been playing drums and performing for over 42 years. Metal cover bands in the early 80’s included Baron, Druid’s Keep and metal recording act FIST. Later Mike leaned to more of a pop edge with Project M, Nu Members and Share Chez 87 winners Shake the Ghost and Share Chez 91 winners Joe Gatineau and the Mont Bleu Rockers. The 90’s and 2000’s saw Mike playing with the CounterClocks, Bubbles Cash and the Rhythm Method and Bazooka Joe. Mike was the drummer on popular 80’s band One to One’s second album, New Car Smell’s second album, Yvan et les Vollés second album as well as assorted jingles and award shows.  Mike was also a voice artist on the popular Comedy Network series Kevin Spencer for 8 seasons. Today he’s a partner in Those Canadians Media Group and exec produced The Ultimate Fighter - Canada vs Australia TV series for UFC. He now travels the world creating award-winning VR content  for a roster of A list clients.

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                        PAST MEMBERS

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Past Members 2017/2018 (Friochd, 2nd album):

Murray Webster - Composer/Arranger, Piano/Keyboards, Guitars

Murray is originally from Montreal and has been a member of various blues and rock bands as a keyboardist and guitarist. He is classically trained and performs on keyboards (synthesizer, organ, piano), guitar, saxophone and lute. Over the years, he has work as an accompanist and studio musician and has performed on many works. His work has been featured on a host of radio stations including Toronto's CHUM-FM, perhaps most notably for Silver Zipper's single, a remake of "I Just Wanna Make Love to You" recorded on Stony Plains records. After moving to Ottawa, Murray made his way onto the Ottawa Music scene through his work with many different bands and recordings made at a multitude of studios.

Past Members 2016/2017 (Faodail, 1st album):

Stephen Dick – Drums and Percussion
Stephen has over 35 years of professional experience performing with many outstanding musicians in his home base of Toronto as well as Vancouver and the U.S. Musical styles include Jazz, Rock, Latin and Fusion in live, studio, concert & festival settings. His music education culminated in a Bachelor of Music Degree from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. His performances have been in settings such as Roy Thomson Hall, The Toronto Jazz Festival, The Vancouver Jazz Festival, and the Beijing & Vancouver Olympics. He has performed with Michael Bublé (for Bill & Melinda Gates); Jeff Healey; John McDermott; Jackie Richardson; Jane Bunnett; Pat LaBarbera; Miles Black; Gabriel Mark Hasselbach; Randolph Waugh & Fiùran
 
Dave Mandel - Piano and Keyboards
Dave has been playing piano and keys for 45 years. He holds a BMus from Berklee Collage of Music 1980 in Film Scoring and Performance. He has performed many gigs over the years in all musical styles in North America and Caribbean.  Some of the acts he’s performed with have been DMB Band 80’s Corporate, Weddings, etc.; Dave Mandel Trio (1988-2004) which was active in the Toronto Jazz scene and still plays select solo gigs and has appeared on many recording sessions. He is well known for his work in composing/arranging including:  Scores Plus Music Productions; Music for CTV W5, CBC Mr. Dress up; Music for Sheridan Collage Animation Dept (Cartoons); Arrangements for Big Bands

 
Zachary Stuckey - Guitars, Vocals
Zach is going into his third year of The Humber College music degree program as a guitar major with a partial scholarship and lives in Mississauga Ontario. He is 19 years of age and has been playing guitar for 4 years. Throughout his time as a guitarist, Zach has been apart of a number of prestigious ensembles such as the National Youth Jazz Combo, the Toronto Jazz FM 91.1 Youth Big Band and Senior Enriched combos at Humber Community music jazz program. Zach recently received an international Downbeat Magazine award for outstanding performance as well as the Jeff Healey award presented to a student at the end of the year for Humber's award ceremony. Zach plays frequently around the city of Toronto with different bands and his own projects.