Breabach Summer 2020

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To celebrate the loosening of lockdown, we thought it would be nice to share some of our recent news and plans for the mysterious road ahead. Like everyone, we’re constantly adjusting, trying to stay creative, active and be positive as much as possible. We don’t have many live gigs on the horizon but we do have plenty of other excitement to share with you.

My Light shines on

We are thrilled to be part of Edinburgh International Festival‘s specially curated series My Light Shines On: A Celebration of the Festival City. The program of music, theatre and dance aims to capture the essence and energy of the festival. We recorded a few (socially distanced) sets in the beautiful Leith Theatre in July, it felt so great to play together again!

See the full program:
Read the **** review in the Scotsman:

Global Music Match

Over the next couple of months we are going to be busy on our social platforms bringing you music from all over the world as part of Global Music Match. GMM is an initiative to encourage sharing, conversation and collaboration amongst artists during a time when travelling is difficult. Starting on the 31st of August we can’t wait to introduce you to these five amazing artists:

Svavar Knutur (Iceland)
Lucy Ward (England)
Fanny Lumsden (Australia)
CGS Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
Adyn Townes (Canada)

Follow our evolving Spotify playlist: here
Check out the GMM website:

James Duncan Mackenzie’s Departure

Thinking back through 15 years of Breabach memories has been truly amazing. We have been so fortunate to travel the globe playing music and sharing in fantastic adventures. Delivering our music to anyone who would listen – what a blessing! It is with this sentiment of joy and gratitude that we now bid adieu to our dear friend and stellar bandmate James Duncan Mackenzie who is taking on a new direction in his musical career and will no longer be touring about with us Breabachies. We wanted to share a few pics on our facebook page to celebrate some of our wonderful journeys with James since 2008 and, of course, to mark the next chapter in the story of the band. Best wishes Seumus with all of your dreams and ambitions.x

You can keep up to date with his adventures here:

Welcome Conal McDonagh

We are delighted to introduce Conal McDonagh as the newest member of Breabach. Conal hails from Poolewe in the Scottish Highlands and has performed with various world class acts over the years including Cara Dillon, Duncan Chisholm, The Paul McKenna Band and is co-founder of the groundbreaking eclectic folk group Inyal. Since early Spring, we have been settling in as the new line-up, discussing creative direction, enjoying socially distanced drams and now, with restrictions lifting, it’s been great to meet up and work on new music for 2020 – All very exciting. More info on our forthcoming projects and releases soon but most importantly, we warmly welcome Conal into the Breabach family!

Glenturret Online Tasting

We had a really fun night with Jamie Morrison from the Glenturret Distillery for an online ‘virtual’ tasting of the Breabach 15 yr old Whisky. It was a delight to finally get to try the dram and to get the craic with Jamie and all the viewers. The tasting is available to watch again at the above link and you can still order one of the last remaining bottles from:

James’ Album Crowdfunder

James Lindsay is putting together a new album and is looking for your help to make it happen! In collaboration with Creative Scotland’s Crowdfunder match funding initiative he’s raising the funds to record a brand new collection of experimental folk music. Have a look at the page and please share around!

Calum’s Bagpipe and Whistle Lessons

Calum is now offering world class bagpipe and whistle lessons online. More info in his new website:

New arrivals for Ewan and Megan

It’s been a busy lockdown for Megan and Ewan, not only for numerous appearances on Duncan Chisholm’s #CovidCeilidh or the above performance video (made for our friend Dietmar Haslinger’s Club Weltenklang series) but they also welcomed into the world new baby, Joey Grace. Welcome to the world little one!

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COVID-19 Update

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Sending our best wishes to everyone in this difficult time. We feel really fortunate that we managed to have an amazing run of shows and spend time with you all in the first quarter of the year. As it stands our scheduled summer run of gigs has been postponed and we want to send out solidarity to all the festivals and venues that we were due to perform at. It’s incredibly challenging for all the organisers, staff and volunteers that work tirelessly all year round to make these events happen and we can only look forward to their reschedule.

We also want to say a massive thank you to those of you that have ordered our CDs from Bandcamp and are being patient with us while we navigate things, it really does make a difference. We are still accepting and sending orders but there may be slight delays.

For now we are continuing to stay happy and productive at home, working on new music, taking things a bit slower and enjoying the beautiful spring time here in Glasgow.

Stay Safe x

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2020 marks an important milestone for the band – our 15th anniversary. To celebrate this special occasion we are delighted to introduce you to the 15 year old Glenturret ‘Breabach’ Single Malt Whisky! We are thrilled and very grateful to be working in collaboration with The Glenturret Whisky, Scotland’s oldest working distillery, to present this exclusive bottle as a memento of our continuing journey. We can’t wait to share this delicious dram with you!


Preorders are live now and the limited run of bottles available from January 2020.

By Heart and By Hand – le crìdhe ‘s lè làmh

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Scots Trad Awards

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So chuffed to have received two nominations at this years office Christmas party the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards!

We’re up for ‘Album of the Year’ with Frenzy of the Meeting & ‘The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation’. If you’d like to vote you can do so here:

Thanks for the support!

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Autumn 2019

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Autumnal greetings and a long overdue update from us to you!

We’ve had a fantastic summer visiting festivals all over the UK and farther afield. It was great to play at Sark Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Heb Celt, Feis an Eilean, Warwick Folk Festival, Wickham, Boomtown and rounding things off was a lovely weekend in Denmark for the Tønder Festival. Huge thank you to all involved and ofcourse to you if were at one of the shows/festivals!

Our only September outing was a cracker, the Belhaven Brewery 300th Birthday Bash in Dunbar! An amazing line up and beautiful weather made for the perfect end to our summer adventures. Thanks Belhaven!

Heading into Autumn we’ve got a few exciting dates in the pipeline…

Canada Tour

This October sees us head back out to Canada. We have a four date run in Ontario (dates below) before we jump in the van and drive to Cape Breton for the wonderful Celtic Colours festival. This year we’re excited to be ‘Artists in Residence’ where we will be doing our own shows, workshops and also getting the opportunity to collaborated with a band that have been a big inspiration for us, the mighty Beolach!

4th The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Kingston ON
5th Marienbad Restaurant/Chaucer’s Pub London ON
6th Market Hall Performing Arts Centre Peterborough ON
8th National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts Ottawa ON
12th Membertou Trade and Convention Centre Membertou NS
13th Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site Cape Breton Island NS
15th Strathspey Performing Arts Centre Mabou NS
17th Inveraray Resort Hotel on Baddeck Bay NS Cape Breton Island NS
18th St Andrews Presbyterian Church Cape Breton Island NS
19th Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre NS

More info and tickets:

Scots Trad Music Awards

We’re so chuffed that Frenzy of the Meeting has been nominated for ‘Album of The Year’ at the 2019 Scots Trad Music Awards, thank you! It’s been such a strong year for new releases, it’s an honour to be recognised alongside our pals and heroes.

You can vote for the awards now over here:


This winter we are heading out to Austria to join this fantastic 3 week tour playing alongside the amazing Friel Sisters and Paul MacKenna. For all the dates and info head over here:

In 2020 it will have been 15 years since we debuted at Celtic Connections and to celebrate we are bringing a special show to Glasgow Royal Concert Hall where we will be joined by past members, key collaborators and some special guests. We’re also excited that the great Seamus Egan will be opening proceedings. Tickets are available now, hope to see you there!

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