Miss Maisie Milligen – Kickstarter Reward Composition

Last year we set up a Kickstarter page to help fund our debut album ‘A Delicate Game’. There were loads of exciting rewards on offer for different pledge amounts. At the higher end of the scale was a tune or song composed especially for you by one of the band members.

James Gillies kindly pledged in this category. As he plays the pipes, Tina has written him a tune in the pipe scale. He named it ‘Miss Maisie Milligen’ after his recently born granddaughter.

You can listen to the track below (from Tina’s soundcloud page) and enjoy the dots as well.

Thank you once again to James, for your invaluable contribution towards our album!

Spring News & Album Tour Dates 2017

We’ve had a few lovely days of weather here in Glasgow. It’s great to see the trees starting to turn green and spring is starting to show all around us. At the moment we’re all working on different projects before coming together again for our album tour in May/June.

Claire is currently in New Zealand (we’re not jealous at all) visiting family and doing a few solo gigs, Gráinne is up in Drimnin recording an album with The Routes Quartet, Heather is busy at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival, and Tina is working with her new band Tradosauraus (yes, you read that right) who are entering the Battle of The Folk Bands at the Edinburgh Trad Fest in May.

CLITHEROE GIG
It was fantastic to visit Tina’s hometown of Clitheroe in March to launch our album there. We played in The Atrium at Clitheroe Castle which was a great venue. Local musician Jordan Ferguson opened the night with a cracking set on banjo, guitar, and song. We then went on to perform material from our new album A Delicate Game, and we included some oldies in there as well. Thanks to everyone who helped us to make the night the success it was. We really enjoyed it and hope to be back to perform again soon.

Here’s a picture of us all the morning after the gig at the top of Clitheroe Castle.

 

ALBUM TOUR
We’re very excited about our album tour coming up in May/June. These are all Scottish dates but we hope to venture further afield in the future.

MAY
06/05/17 – Moniaive Folk Festival (workshops & gig)
18/05/17 – Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
19/05/17 – The Small Hall, Kilmallie (email: creelevents@gmail.com)
25/05/17 – Crossmichael Memorial Hall, Castle Douglas (tickets from: Crossmichael Village Shop & Castle Douglas Toffee Shop)

JUNE
08/06/17 – Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club
09/06/17 – Arran Folk Festival
11/06/17 – Ukulele Festival of Scotland, Dumfries
16/06/17 – Folklub, Glasgow
17/06/17 – Killin Music Festival
18/06/17 – Killin Music Festival

Cheers,
Tina, Heather, Claire, Gráinne x

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our debut album ‘A Delicate Game’ is out now. It is available as a physical CD from our website and as a digital download from bandcamp.

January was a busy month for us. We were packaging up all the CDs for our Kickstarter backers and pre-oders. Here’s a picture of Heather and Claire signing the CDs with help from Heather’s dog Gypsy.
In between singing CDs and addressing envelopes we were rehearsing for our album launch which took place at Celtic Connections on Saturday 28th January. It was fantastic to have Tia Files, who played percussion on the album, join us for the launch. We were over the moon with how the night went. The venue, St Andrew’s In The Square, was full. It was great to see so many people there and thank you all for making it such a good night.

On Thursday 26th January we performed at the Showcase Scotland reception for Celtic Connections. This took place in the Drygate Brewery which is a great wee venue to perform in. We were nominees in the Up & Coming artist category at the 2016 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, and we were performing alongside all the other Up & Coming nominees at the reception.

Following the reception we had a stall at the Showcase Scotland Trade Fair which took place in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on Friday 27th. It was lovely to meet so many delegates from different festivals, magazines, radios, etc. Here’s a picture of Tina and Heather manning the stall. Check out Heather’s amazing home baking!

In other news, tickets are now on sale for our album launch in Tina’s hometown of Clitheroe, Lancashire. We will have fantastic local musician Jordan Ferguson supporting us. It’s sure to be a brilliant night.
The Atrium at Clitheroe Castle
Friday 10th March
Doors @ 7.30pm, £10
Please contact us at topfloortaivers@gmail.com to book your tickets now.

We have a number of tour dates lined up for later in the year which we will be announcing very soon.

Cheers,

Tina, Claire, Heather & Gráinne x

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

We had a brilliant time performing at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Street Party on the Ceilidh Stage. Heather had thoughtfully brought some hand warmers for us all which were greatly appreciated on the outdoor stage. Some fantastic musicians from Fèis Rois opened the night, then we had the middle slot, and to bring in the bells was Talisk. We really enjoyed performing at the street party. What a great way to finish off 2016.

Now we are getting very excited about our gig at Celtic Connections where we’ll be launching our debut album ‘A Delicate Game’. We will be joined by the amazing Tia Files on percussion. Opening the night is the fantastic Anna Lindblad Trio from Sweden.

Saturday 28th January, St Andrew’s In The Square. Click here for tickets.

We are looking forward to what 2017 will bring.

Tina, Heather, Claire, Gráinne x

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2016

We had a fantastic night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Dundee on 3rd December. We were nominated in the Up & Coming Artist category. Congratulations to Ryan Young who won the category!

Trad Awards

Kickstarter Launched for Debut Album

We are very excited to be in the process of making our debut album ‘A Delicate Game’. We started recording the album in June in Carrier Waves Studio, Glasgow. We just finished recording everything last week which we are delighted about. It’s now ready to be mixed and mastered over the coming months.

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So far we have funded the album with our gig fees and some help from family. We now need your help to be able to finish the album, so we’ve set up a Kickstarter campaign. There are a variety of rewards available for different size pledges; digital download of the album, signed copy of the album, Skype lessons with the band, a tune composition written for you by a member of the band, and even a house concert!

If you fancy helping us out then pick from any of the rewards available and get pledging. You can also help us out by telling your friends all about it through word of mouth, email, social media. Any which way you like!

Click here to visit our KICKSTARTER page.

We can’t wait to be able to share the album with you.

Cheers!
Tina, Claire, Heather & Gráinne x

 

Folk Club Gigs – The Star, Montrose, Falkirk

We had a lovely time at The Star Folk Club in the Admiral Bar on Tuesday 23rd August. It was our first time headlining the club and we were really excited to play in our home city again. Support was John Graham who played a lovely set of folk songs that the audience could join in with.

After a quick change over we took to the stage and started with a few old familiars, including Star o’ the Bar, which always goes down well. We were delighted to mix in some newly arranged songs into our set, which will feature on our debut album. We played two 45 min sets with a break in between for a raffle. Unfortunately we weren’t lucky this time!

14040035_10154456992956800_6870383286817966991_nThe following Friday we were playing in Montrose folk club. Montrose was quite a long drive for us from Glasgow! After a reheasal in Heather’s house in Cowie (and some fun with her lovely dogs!) we set off for the gig.

Upon arrival we were greeted by sound engineer and MC, Gary, who as it turns out knew Claire from a singer/songwriter weekend they both attended last year. Gary got us set up very quickly, so we were able to relax for a bit before the gig.

There was a fantastic turnout to the venue, the best the club had seen in a while! We really enjoyed the night and got a great reception from the audience. Also got to hear some lovely numbers by Gary and Christian, another singer Claire met at the singers weekend.

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Thursday 1st September we played at Falkirk Folk Club. The gig itself takes place in the Tolbooth Tavern, a wee room up the stairs in the pub. It was the smallest venue we had ever played in! The music went down well, and it was a lovely intimate gig.

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We really enjoy our folk club gigs; there is always a great atmosphere and we’ve met some wonderful characters along the way. Big thanks to The Star, Montrose and Falkirk Folk Clubs for giving us such a warm welcome and supporting our music. Our next two gigs will be in Glenfarg Folk Club on 24th October and Penicuik Folk Club on 6th December. Hope to see some of you there!

Gráinne, Tina, Heather & Claire x

Stonehaven Folk Festival 2016

13627220_10154290944626354_7226210765492376851_nWe had a lovely weekend in Aberdeenshire, at Stonehaven Folk Festival. Now in it’s 28th year, this well established festival hosts a variety of brilliant artists and attracts punters from all over the UK and abroad.

We arrived in town on Saturday evening, and were greeted at the town hall by Meg, who sorted us out with our artist packs. Already we were feeling the great atmosphere of the festival – the town hall was full of people waiting to get into the night time gig with Dáimh, Tannara and Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart.

13612235_10154290944501354_8338528126346980553_nWe made our way to our accommodation at the Belvedere Hotel, where there was a couple of sessions already in full swing! We weren’t performing until the following day so it was lovely to relax Saturday night with lots of music going on around us.

Sunday lunchtime we played in the marquee at market square. Unfortunately it was pouring down, but that didn’t dampen the crowds spirits as the tent was full to bursting! We were due to perform straight after a wee girl who sang, played guitar and mouth organ. She was absolutely amazing! It was a hard act to follow.

13599936_10154290944551354_6851691746559105718_nWe played three songs to an exuberant crowd, finishing off with ‘Ramblin’ Rover’ which everyone joined in with. We then headed to the community centre, where we gave some workshops; Heather for harp, Claire for singing, Tina for flute and Gráinne for composition. The two hour workshops flew by, and we all really enjoyed them.

That night we were playing at the concert in the town hall, along with Dallahan and Blazin’ Fiddles. Dallahan were up first and played an absolute stormer! The venue was rather warm so there were some very sweaty boys backstage after their gig! We were up next with a 50 minute set. It was a really lovely gig to play as the crowd were very relaxed and receptive. We enjoyed playing a few newly arranged songs (which will be on our forthcoming debut album – watch this space) along with some old favourites such as ‘Star of the Bar’ and ‘Captain Ward’.

Following us were the mighty Blazin’ Fiddles. As usual they were absolutely brilliant and it was a great finish to the evening.

Big thank you to Meg and all the festival team for having us, we had a fantastic time and look forward to visiting again!

Cheers,

Gráinne, Tina, Claire & Heather

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Royal Highland Show 2016

13516309_1194408347279743_7156725188340601617_nLast Sunday June 26th we were playing at the Royal Highland Show in Ingliston. This was our third time to play at it and we were delighted to be back. We were doing something a little bit different this time: hosting some childrens workshops as part of the Royal Highland Education Trust. This took place indoor at the Education Trust centre, which we were quite thankful for as the weather that day turned out pretty showery! Also taking place in the centre was cookery and nutrition classes, among many other activities for youngsters, so the centre was full of parents and kids of all ages.

13512073_10157086590975181_4470954034180742549_nWe held three workshops altogether, in which we performed some our music, talked to the children about Scottish music and introduced our instruments. We really enjoyed interacting with the kids, asking them questions about our instruments, our favourite reply, when asked “what are harp strings made from?”, was “cats whiskers!”. At the end of each workshop we had a “come and try” session where we allowed the kids to come try our instruments. This was great fun and there was lots of interest in each instrument. We hope we inspired some future musicians!

Cheers,

Gráinne, Tina, Claire & Heather

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