New video: The Rocks O’ Gibraltar

Here’s another new video we filmed in January.

The Rocks O’ Gibraltar

We hope you enjoy it 🙂

Tina, Claire, Heather & Gráinne x

 

Brand new video – Captain Ward

Here is our brand new video. Filmed by Gus Stirrat.

Captain Ward (Trad) / The Portherhead Reel (Gráinne Brady)

We hope you all enjoy it x

New videos & Showcase Scotland Trade Fair (Celtic Connections)

On Saturday 9th January we spent the evening in Gus Stirrat’s studio on Berkeley Street in Glasgow filming a couple of our songs. We filmed ‘The Rocks o’ Gibraltar’ and ‘Captain Ward’. We should have them by the end of the month and can’t wait to share them with you.

It was a nice evening filming the two songs. We had lots of fairy lights and even had a costume change between songs.

We will be at the Showcase Scotland Trade Fair at Celtic Connections on Friday 29th January. We’ll have our videos for then to share with all the delegates.

Here’s a picture from the night of the filming:

12549115_1069379483115964_3615626285886314171_nCheers,

Heather, Tina, Gráinne & Claire x

New video: ‘Campfires’ by Aaron Fyfe

Here is a new song we’ve been working on recently – ‘Campfires’ by Aaron Fyfe who is a good friend of Heather. This is quickly becoming one of our favourite songs.

We hope you like it.

Claire, Heather, Tina & Gráinne x

Claire and Gráinne & Tina Nominated in the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards!

We are delighted to announce that Claire Hastings and Gráinne Brady & Tina Jordan Rees are nominated in the 2015 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Claire is nominated in the Scots Singer category and G&T are nominated in the Up & Coming Artist category.

Voting is now open – you can vote for your favourite acts through the following link: https://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotstradmusicawards/voting/

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Ed Reavy Festival, Cavan

A few weekends ago we set off on our first journey to Ireland together as a band. We went to Gráinne’s home town of Cavan to perform at the Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival organised by Cavan Town CCÉ. Reavy was an Irish traditional fiddle player from Co. Cavan, who emigrated to America at the start of the 20th century. He composed numerous tunes, many of which are played in folk scenes across the world today.

The concert took place on the Saturday night and was packed with a great line up of local musicians. First up was the Comhaltas Ed Reavy ensemble, which consisted of local youths playing some sets of Ed Reavy tunes – what a talented bunch! Next up was the Cavan Uilleann pipers (including Gráinne’s brother Lorcán) who played a few sets of tunes in honour of National Uilleann Piping Day. There were also performances from two groups (u12 and u18) who won the Mullahorn CCÉ battle of the bands competition.

Ed Reavy FestivalTop Floor Taviers then took to the stage for a 40 minute set. We played several old favourites and a couple of new songs; Campfires by Aaron Fyfe and Princess Rosanna by Findlay Napier. Watch videos of these new songs on our video page. We also included a couple of sets of Ed Reavy tunes, a Robert Burns song ‘O a’ the Airts’ and a selection of puirt à beul – Heather and Claire sang these, Gráinne played the fiddle and Tina did a spot of Irish step dancing.

After our performance we sat down to enjoy a great set by Shaskeen.

On the Sunday Heather, Claire and Tina chilled out in Cavan whilst Gráinne gave a workshop in tune composition. The class consisted of 14 local teenagers and they composed a tune. The class decided to name the tune For Ed – have a listen to it here.

Here’s a picture of Claire and Heather enjoying the Cavan fresh air.

Claire & Heather in Cavan

Tina, Gráinne, Heather, Claire x

Partick Folk Club August 2015

Partick Folk ClubWe had a fantastic night performing at Partick Folk Club on Friday last week. We were supported by the lovely Carla Feuerstein who sang some great German folk songs and accompanied herself on guitar.

We’ve been working on new material over the summer and we were very excited to debut a few songs. ‘Campires’ is a beautiful song written by Aaron Fyfe, one of Heather’s friends who she grew up with. We have also done arrangement of a fantastic song by Findlay Napier. Findlay was inspired to write ‘Princess Rosanna’ when he saw some graffiti under Jamaica Bridge in Glasgow which read “RIP Princess Rosanna”. He wrote the first verse and the chorus whilst on the run and then finished the song at home.

We’ve had great fun arranging these new songs and we hope to have some videos to share with you soon.

The next thing up for us is we are off to Cavan in October to perform at the Ed Reavy Traditional Music Festival which we’re really looking forward to 🙂

Cheers,

Tina, Heather, Gráinne and Claire x

Royal Highland Show 2015

Royal Highland ShowWe had a fantastic time performing at the Royal Highland Show last week in Ingliston. On Thursday we played a few day time slots and then we had the privilege of performing in the members area for a two hour evening gig. There were quite a few rowdy, and somewhat wobbly, farmers out by then but it was a good night.

On Friday we were back for three performances slots across the day – two on the east stage and one on the west. We really enjoyed performing at the show and the audiences were lovely.

We even got chance to have a look in the cattle shed. Gráinne was delighted with all the different types of cattle (coming from a dairy farm herself), she was taking lots of photos to send home to her family. I think we all agreed that the Highland Coos were our favourite – so fluffy!

Thanks to everyone who came to watch us and also to everyone who got a CD from us. If you missed picking yours up you can get it from our shop.

Here’s a picture of Gráinne and Tina performing an instrumental set during one of our performances on the west stage on Friday.
Royal Highland Show 2015Cheers for now,

Tina, Claire, Heather & Gráinne x