Well, what an amazing summer that was; Sark, Italy, Moonbeams, Ely, Warwick, BOOMERANG (Lewis & Glasgow), Bø¸ Norway, Kelvingrove Bandstand, Warwick, Balloch (with the great Ceilidh trailers!), Knoydart Games, Live on BBC Radio 3 & Culture Studio @ Pacific Quay, Sidmouth & Mull of Kintyre Fest. It’s been quite a couple of months for the band and we are incredibly grateful to everyone that has been a part of our summer tour. We’re getting a bit of down time at the moment so we thought we’d send you a wee update with the news.
@ Kelvingrove Bandstand Glasgow for Festival 2014
Photo by Leila Angus @ Brighter Still
It was a pleasure to welcome the Boomerang crew on to our home soil this July. The trip started on the isle of Lewis where we spent a few days together at the Black House village, Gearrannan, before our performance at the Hebridean Celtic Festival. It was brilliant to allow our friends from New Zealand and Australia to experience a bit of real island life as well as showing them the local sights (see us at the Calanais stones above!). The gig itself was amazing fun and the response was just fantastic.
We then headed south to join the party at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. It was an eventful and challenging week in the city for us, but we pulled through the hardships and put on 3 great shows culminating with our big performance at Glasgow Green for Festival 2014. With the conclusion of that final show came to end an amazing journey that we have been on since the start of the year. So much has been learned and a much greater understanding of one another’s cultures has been gained, but most of all we have made close friends with people from the other side of the world who we may never have encountered had it not been for this project.
A massive thanks needs to go our producers Lisa, Emere & Rhoda who without their unique vision and vigour this project would never have happened, Bob Buchan for his amazing pr work on the project, Iain Thomson & Tim Matthews for making us sound good as well as lugging our gear all over the country, Drew & team at Womad NZ and Caroline & team at Heb Celt for believing in the project, everyone at Festival 2014, Jenny, Jone & everyone that supported the project!
Songlines essential scottish albums
This month Songlines Magazine have featured us in their 10 essential scottish albums. We feel very honoured to be in amongst such amazing music and even more so to be placed alongside one of our heroes Martyn Bennett. If theres any of these records you haven’t heard yet, get your lugs around them!!
7th Scottish Colours Tour
Later this month we are headed out to Austria to jump in the van for the 7th Scottish Colours tour. We are sharing the bill with the brilliant Maeve Mackinnon Trio and will be appearing all over Austria, Switzerland and Italy. It’s been a few years since we last took part in this great tour and we are delighted to be heading back out for the music and schnitzel.
More info: www.weltenklang.at
Down Under November
This November we will be heading back to Australia & New Zealand for a short run of shows. Final details are coming together and we will have an announcement for you soon. Please keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter for up to the minute info!
After a great tour in May and a few weeks down time in June we are feeling ready to get stuck in to the summer of festivals and commonwealth games action. Our first stop is Sark Folk Festival which takes place on the beautiful channel island of Sark and runs from 4-6th July. We first visited a few years back and thoroughly enjoyed the incredible night sky, horse & cart taxi service and the plentiful lobster. Hope to see a few of you there! Following this we take a short hop over to Trento, Italy for a show on the 7th @ Centro Servizi Culturali S. Chiara and on our return home we will be taking in a few more shows leading up to the Commonwealth Games, see the list below!
Breabach @ The Drouthy Cobbler, Elgin Photo by Dan Sim
Boomerang & Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014
This summer we are honoured to welcome our friends from Australia and New Zealand to Scotland where we will be performing with Boomerang for the first time on home soil. Alongside Moana and the Tribe, Horomona Horo (New Zealand), Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, Aaron Burarrwanga and Djakapurra Munyarryun (Australia) we will be taking this exciting collaboration to the Heb Celt Fest in Stornoway on 17th July and then returning for a run of shows in Glasgow. 23rd July in Queens Park, 24th at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Party, Old Fruitmarket and on the 25th we play a free outdoor show in Glasgow Green.
Songlines magazine are running a great feature on Boomerang in this months edition. They’ve also included us in the ‘best world music albums of the last 6 months’: “widely regarded as one of the finest scottish folk bands; Breabach deliver a beautifully mature and rich mix of subtle musicianship.” Thanks guys!
Hello everyone, hope you had a lovely Easter break.
Just a quick update to let you all know we are safely home from a fantastic 5 week adventure in Australia and New Zealand!
It was a really exciting adventure with sell out shows and festival appearances which included a return visit to Port Fairy and first time performances in Brunswick, Hobart, Womadelaide & Womad Nz. As well as this we also spent time taking in workshops and meeting and playing with local musicians wherever we went.
Workshop in Melbourne with the fantastic Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club
On March 7th we released our album ‘Ùrlar’ on Australian label Stem Music and a week later it climbed into and finished at no. 33 in the official Nz Album Charts!
The Boomerang Project, in which we are teamed with Maori and Aboriginal artists in a celebration of indigenous culture, is growing from strength to strength. We premiered our show on the stunning mainstage, the TSB Bowl, at Womad Nz and then went on to an open air performance at the Sydney Opera House for the Homeground Festival. Both shows were incredible experiences and our thanks go to the Womad and Opera House teams respectively for their fantastic hospitality.
Excited to present to you all our full Australasian tour dates for March and April. We are psyched to get on the road proper this time around and spend a bit more time getting to know this wonderful land! Hope you can make it to one of the shows.
Ùrlar will be officially released through Stem Music/The Planet Company on 07/03/14.
Detox plans are currently in action after a busy and incredibly fun January. Having returned from our trip to the Woodford Folk Festival, Brisbane (top, top festival – too much fun) and a week of rehearsals in New Zealand, we were thrown straight back into the throng of Celtic Connections in Glasgow. What a great couple of weeks, individually taking in gigs at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Mitchell Theatre and getting involved in many sessions and much late night debauchery – but now it’s time to look to the future.
Breabach in Australian/New Zealand 2014
This March we head back down under to take in some of the amazing festivals that are on offer. We are going to be travelling widely from, Adelaide to Melbourne, New Plymouth to Sydney and more to be announced! Check out the dates below and keep an eye on our website and social media and hopefully we’ll see you out there!
Furthermore, our most recent album Ùrlar is being officially released in Australia/New Zealand on PLANET (07/03/14).
Homeground Festival, Sydney Opera House, Australia
Our appearance at WOMAD New Zealand and the Homeground Festival, Sydney will be filled with added excitement as we premiere a brand new cross-cultural collaboration. At the start of 2014, we were lucky enough to gather together with musicians from AUS & NZ to put together a new show which will form part of the 2014 Commonwealth celebrations. The BOOMERANG project is comprised of Breabach, Moana & the Tribe, Horomona Horo (NZ), Shellie Morris, Casey Donovan, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Tim Bishop (AUS). It’s going to be a massive celebration of Celtic, Aboriginal and Maori cultures, through the medium of language, music, and dance. Hope you can join us as we take this show back to Scotland in July.
The BOOMERANG project @ Muriwai Beach, NZ
Radio 2 Folk Awards
We are very much looking forward to joining everyone at the Radio 2 Folk Awards this month which takes place in the Royal Albert Hall, London. You can tune in on radio 2 from 8pm on 19/02/14 or you can watch from the red button! We are totally delighted to be considered for a nomination and just want to wish everyone all the best of luck for this night.
From April-May we will be touring the UK and visiting many places we missed from the last leg of the Ùrlar tour. Take a look at the dates at the bottom on this post and hopefully we can see you at a gig in your area! Keep an eye on the site for more news – www.breabach.com
Just wanted to a say a quick thank to everyone that has got in touch with us the past few months and who has ordered/downloaded the album. We really love to hear from you!