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Biography

An Gordonach! is a Scottish-Armenian rock project based in Vanadzor, Armenia, formed in 2010.

The band was formed in late summer 2010, when guitarist and vocalist Stuart Moir was introduced to the ex-PUSH guitarist Tirayr Mkhitaryan. Drummer Quake was added into the mix for the first rehearsal and the group has gone from strength to strength. An Gordonach! is indebted to the up-and-coming Armenian metal band Vordan Karmir for allowing them to rehearse in their Vanadzor studio.

The band strives to create a new sound for the Armenian rock landscape, with each song possessing a different flavour, mixing , and Scottish and Armenian folk harmonies.

“An Gordonach” is the war cry of Clan Gordon, Stuart’s ancient highland clan from Aberdeenshire. It is said that Scots and Armenians share heritage and traits, so the name represented the energy and drive of the two nations.

Band lineup:

Stuart Moir – guitarist and vocalist, also a classically trained violinist/viola player. During his teenage years he was the lead guitarist for Kent-based band Ipika, but the group disbanded once the different members left for university. He then played in many different jazz, gypsy, classical and rock musical ensembles in London until he moved to Vanadzor in early 2010 to work in human rights. His influences include a wide variety of Icelandic music, traditional Scottish pipe and drums, classic punk, Queens of the Stone Age, Britpop and modern British rock.

Tirayr Mkhitaryan – bassist. Tirayr was the lead guitarist of Vanadzor-based rock group PUSH from 2002-2007, when the group disbanded. He also played with his brother Gor Mkhitaryan in 2007-2008, who was well known in Armenia from playing with the Vanadzor rock band Lav Eli. His musical influences include traditional Armenian music, Ruben Hakhverdyan, Lav Eli, Brit pop, Alternative, among others.

Quake – drummer. Quake has played in several groups, including Vordan Karmir in their early years. His musical influences include psychedelic trance, alternative, System Of A Down, to name but a few…

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