Summer is here! 🙂
We had a fantastic album tour in May/June. It went really well and we couldn’t be happier. Thanks to everyone who made it along to our gigs. If you didn’t manage to come along, we hope to see you next time!
We started off at Moniaive Folk Festival where we gave workshops during the day, and performed to a full marquee in the evening concert. Here is a picture of us in Moniaive taken after our gig.
We then made the long journey to the top of Scotland to play at the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool. What a fantastic wee venue and we were looked after very well. We thoroughly enjoyed performing here. We were lucky with the weather – the sun came out! We had just enough time the morning after our gig to have a quick walk up Ullapool hill. Check us out:
It was then onto a gig in Kilmallie, Fort William and Crossmichael, Dumfries. It was a bit touch and go in Crossmichael when Tina’s keyboard decided it had had enough during the soundcheck! Thankfully our sound engineer had some local contacts and was able to find a keyboard we could use for the gig.
The June leg of the tour saw us return to Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club – always a pleasure to play here. One of our favourite gigs of the tour was Arran Folk Festival where we played alongside our friends Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter. We had a great afternoon gig at the Ukulele Festival of Scotland and really enjoyed our home gig in Glasgow at Folklub. The tour finished with a brilliant gig at Killin Music Festival (photo below by Louise Bichan Photography). We performed on the Saturday night alongside fantastic bands Heron Valley, Rura, and Skerryvore. On the Sunday morning we played a few sets at the church service.
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In June we were also busy filming two new videos for tracks off our album. We filmed these with Gus Stirrat who we have worked with before. We can’t wait to share them with you once they’re ready.
Tina, Heather, Gráinne & Claire
We are very excited about our brand new video for ’10 Little Men’ which features on our debut album ‘A Delicate Game’. Fantastic animation Izzy Gibbs.
We hope you like it! 🙂
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!
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.
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.
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.
06/05/17 – Moniaive Folk Festival (workshops & gig)
18/05/17 – Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
19/05/17 – The Small Hall, Kilmallie (email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
25/05/17 – Crossmichael Memorial Hall, Castle Douglas (tickets from: Crossmichael Village Shop & Castle Douglas Toffee Shop)
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
Tina, Heather, Claire, Gráinne x
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 email@example.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.
Tina, Claire, Heather & Gráinne x
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
We are delighted to be nominated in the UP & COMING ARTIST category at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards. The results are announced live all over the world on Saturday 3rd December. Voting is now open through this link: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/voting/
Heather, Claire, Tina & Gráinne xx