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!

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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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Culross Folk Festival 2016

On the 12th June we were invited to play the closing set at Culross Festival. We were part of ‘Folk Sessions Girl Power’ alongside Robyn And Her Merry Men, Kate in The Kettle, Horizontal Sunday and Jemima Thewes & The Fuse.

Culross Festival is a great community event in a lovely setting next to the Firth of Forth. Our concert was in the main marquee, and we were very glad the rain stayed off for us! We were grateful to everyone who braved the chill to listen to our set, which finished off the four-day event. Thanks to Culross for having us!

Claire, Tina, Gráinne & Heather x

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Live Dates 2016

Here’s an updated poster of our upcoming gigs! #TFTLiveDates

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Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club – May 2016

We had a brilliant night playing at Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club last week. We started the day by driving through to Heather’s new house in Cowie. It was great to see her new place, and her lovely dogs! We had a good rehearsal and lots of tea.

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Then we drove through to Kirkcaldy in the evening for the gig. We played a 45 min slot and then there was a break with a raffle. We always love a good raffle! We didn’t win anything but someone won a bottle of wine which they didn’t want, so they gave it to us!

The second half of the gig was another 45 min slot. We performed songs from our EP, brand new songs that we have been working on recently, a few G&T tune sets, some solo songs from Claire, a bit of Irish dancing from Tina, and Heather told a brilliant story.

It was such a friendly wee club to play at and we had a fantastic time.

Check out more of our upcoming gigs on our GIGS page.

Cheers,

Tina, Heather, Gráinne & Claire x

Live Dates 2016

We are really excited about playing all these live dates in 2016. Check out our gigs page for further info. We hope to see you at as many gigs as possible 🙂

Cheers,

Tina, Heather, Claire & Gráinne x
Live Dates 2016