Elephants of Scotland
Elephants of Scotland was formed in 2010 in Burlington, Vermont, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and composer Adam Rabin, who took upon the challenge to start a progressive rock band in a place better known for jam bands and cows.
After a year of writing and the usual growing pains, the core band settled in together with Ornan McLean on drums and percussion, Dan MacDonald on bass and vocals and John "Lefty" Whyte on guitars and vocals, with Adam on synthesizers and vocals.
EoS released their debut album Home Away from Home in the spring of 2013 which was met with positive reviews and praise from the international progressive rock community. On the strength of this album alone, they were invited to play the prestigious three-day international progressive rock festival RoSfest in Gettysburg, PA in 2014.
With a year to prepare for that show and not wanting to rest on their laurels, the band got to work on new material and put together a home studio where they could work at their own pace with the goal of releasing a new album prior to their appearance at RoSfest. They accomplished this with the self-produced sophomore release Execute and Breathe in the Spring of 2014.
EoS opened the Saturday line-up at RoSfest at the acclaimed Majestic Theater with a blistering 90-minute show and a standing ovation that was recorded in High Definition video and 24-bit digital multi-track audio. This was released as a live album/DVD package in the spring of 2015.
Most recently they played at the 2015 Marillion Weekend Festival in Montreal and the 2015 Terra Incognita Prog Rock Festival in Quebec City, where they debuted two new songs to standing ovations and enthusiastic fans.
They are currently building a new recording studio to begin work on their next album which they expect to take them into a whole new direction. But their first project will be writing and recording a new song for the Decameron Project, a multi-band collaboration of the musical interpretation of the 14th century writings of Giovanni Boccaccio, promoted by Musea Records and the Finnish Progressive Music Association.
Through the internet, word of mouth, the quality of their music and the power of their performances, they continue to enjoy a growing fan base and sharing their music around the world.
The future remains bright for this little band from Vermont and they look forward to seeing how far they can take it.
Dan played in bands in the Connecticut and Boston area music scene throughout the late 1980s and into the early '90s. He put down the bass for 12 years and could no longer resist the call to "slappa da bass." Bass and performing music had been missing from his life long enough. Enter, ELEPHANTS OF SCOTLAND!
Dan believes in playing with everything he's got, crankin' it up and giving the crowd a solid show. Dan plays a Geddy Lee Fender Jazz played through an Ampeg SVT 450 and 410 HLF cab.
Ornan has been playing drums in rock bands for the past 20 years with barely a break in between and is currently playing in Hot Neon Magic (80's covers), Dirty Blondes (punk) and Elephants of Scotland (progressive rock). Judging from his varied musical career and current projects, Ornan will play just about anything (that country band thing just didn't work out), but his primary musical influences are rooted in the progressive rock genre of the ‘70s. So landing in a band where he can do roundhouse rolls without complaints and write grooves in odd time that he can't remember is just about the perfect place for him to continue exploring his musical journey. Ornan has three drum kits of various makes and models.
Adam brings the hooks and innovation from his long-time studio pop project Mailbox to feed his need for Prog Rock with Elephants of Scotland. Adam plays a Roland Juno-G with a Roland Lucina AX09 keytar so he can strut around the stage like the cool kids or look all bad ass with an imposing stack of keyboards.
Founding and only member of Lefty and the Left-outs, John has been harassing people with his playing since 1977, performing throughout New England and even New Jersey. Viciously saddled with having to perform "Safety Dance" with Hot Neon Magic, John has searched for ways to enact his sonic wrath and has finally found it (the Batman thing didn't work out but that's another story). John is a Line 6 advocate bringing the gospel of the James Tyler Variax and HD500 to the affected masses.
Musician and songwriter Greg Skillman has played in bands of many styles for the past 25 years. He's collaborated with Adam Rabin in the bands Magpie, Mailbox and Mahout, and was invited to wordsmith for his new project. As a lyricist for Elephants of Scotland, he draws upon the fantastical and mystical, while never abandoning the actuality of humanity. He finds inspiration from sources that span the gamut from esoteric tarot to quantum physics to David Letterman. His other current project, Neb Crabula, is hard-edged absurdist rock-n-roll, with a debut EP due out in 2015.