Ilk by Brian Hartley


A band with taiko at its heart

A band with taiko at its heart, Ilk are taiko (Japanese drums, Georgie McGeown and Alison Roe), guitar (Jer Reid), bass (Ali Begbie) and violin (Rafe Fitzpatrick). Skins and strings basically.

Ilk are based in Glasgow and have toured in Scotland, England and Wales, including Wild Woods in Bradford, Nice’n’Sleazy’s in Glasgow, Henry’s Cellar bar in Edinburgh, and recently played at the Glad Cafe, Glasgow, as part of the 2018 Celtic Connections festival.

Ilk have played with Pikacyu*Makoto, Sound of Yell, Daikiri, Don Vito, The Brackish, FK Alexander, and Cucina Povera (amongst others) and share a collective rehearsal space at On The Corner studio in Glasgow’s East End with several bands including Breakfast Muff, Current Affairs and Joyce Delaney.

Ilk logo image by Brian Hartley / Still Motion



Ilk at The Old Hairdresser’s, Glasgow, October 2016 – photo by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


Ilk at the Glad Cafe

Ilk at The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, February 2018 – photo by Brian Hartley / Still Motion


ILK, adj.1, n.

I. adj. Same, especially that ilk, the very same (person, place or thing just mentioned).

II. n. From the phrase of that ilk above, ilk came to be thought of as a noun and hence by extension to mean family, race, quality, sort, kind. This erroneous meaning is now occasionally found in English.

[O.Sc. ilk, same, from 1375, of that ilk, 1400; North.Mid.Eng. ilke, O.E. ilca, the same.]

The Scottish National Dictionary


Ilk at Wild Woods, Bradford

Ilk at Wild Woods, Bradford, April 2017 – photo by The Brick Box Rooms