Gary Coupland MBE

Musician/Composer/Children's Entertainer


Since 1985, Gary has been the Singing Kettle's Mr Music Man. The Singing Kettle is, however, only one aspect of Gary's musical talent. He can play a wide range of music, and has played trombone with Kenny Ball and accordion with Sir Jimmy Shand. Gary is a fine ambassador of Scottish music, whether it be through his own compositions, entertaining visitors to Scotland, or playing at ceilidhs and weddings. Gary's musical abilities on Accordion, Keyboards and Trombone are second to none and he has appeared as a session musician on numerous CDs and DVDs. Gary is married to Karen and has three lovely daughters, Gemma, Lisa and Caroline.


All about Gary

  • Won the First Prize for best music pupil at Dumfries Academy.
  • Achieved Diplomas in Music for Trombone and Piano at London College of Music.
  • Gary's accordian playing can be heard on his CD: A'the Best From Scotland
  • He once did a course in Hotel Management but the offer to go on the road with The Singing Kettle proved too much of a temptation! 
  • Regularly plays at Scottish ceilidhs, social functions and weddings, and has introduced Scottish music to thousands of tourists with his virtuoso accordion playing. On one occasion, he entertained Prince Charles.
  • He has composed and produced music for BBC and ITV Productions
  • His music has been used in events such as the Glasgow Year of Culture and Edinburgh Festival
  • Gary loves touring abroad and once enjoyed scuba diving on a tour of Oman with The Singing Kettle.
  • Awarded the MBE for Services to Children’s Theatre in the Millennium New Year Honours List.
  • Gary is a patron of Down Syndrome Scotland
  • The Glasgow Herald quotes Gary as being 'as slick as Brylcreem'