Winter News 2016

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Winter 2016

Greetings of the season to you all!

As we near the end of 2016 we are reflecting on another fun and action packed year for the band. We rounded things off in a very special way at the Scots Trad Music Awards. where we were delighted and very humbled to pick up both Folk Band of the Year and Album of the Year. A sincere thank you to all who voted and also to the wonderful team who work so hard behind the scenes in support and make it possible for us to literally live our dreams. We are very grateful to all of the Active Events team – past and present, the legend that is Bob Buchan, our long suffering engineer Iain ThomsonAlex McNutt and to all the promoters, venue’s and festivals who give us the opportunity to play!

Our album ‘Astar’ was inspired by our travels, the people we have met and musicians with whom we have collaborated. It is a multicultural celebration and a work we are very proud of. Bringing it to life would not have been possible without the energy, skills and talents of Greg Lawson Stuart Hamilton @ Castlesound Studios, Daniel Warren, James Morrison, Stuart Curnow and our guests, Yirrmal,  Mark Atkins, Scotty Morrison, Olav Luksengård Mjelva and our dear champignons Le Vent du nord, each of who added their own beautiful colour to the record.

Finally, to all of you who come out to support us at live shows and who buy our records, our heartfelt thanks, there’d be none of this without you!

It’s been a year tinged with sadness also and we have lost many special souls including those who have been so influential and important in our development both individually and collectively. Love, thanks and farewell to John Macdougall, Angus Grant Jnr, Maggie Macdonald & Bill Kyle.

Celtic Connections

We’re taking a bit of time off now, but can’t wait to start back with a bang at Celtic Connections 2017. On February the 3rd we’ll be at the Glasgow City Halls to put on a special show featuring some of good friends (Greg Lawson, Olav Luksengård Mjelva & Pierre-Luc Dupuis) for a reimagining of some of the music from Astar. The fantastic Beoga will also be sharing the bill with us, guaranteed to be a great craic night of music. 

Tickets here: http://ow.ly/OTw6307icEj

Also keep you eyes peeled for a special Burn’s Night celebration on BBC Radio Scotland coming live from the festival on the 25th! 

Individually we’ll be out in various different guises over the festival. James Mackenzie & Calum are appearing as part of a new ten-strong piper collaboration Tryst, catch them on the 21st Jan (Also check them out on Facebook!). Megan will be performing at the Night for Angus (21st Jan), with Siobhan Miller (26th), Duncan Chisolm (28th Jan),  Lauren Maccoll (4th Feb) and with flautist/singer Sean Gray for his New Voices commission on (22nd Jan). James Lindsay will also be on Sean’s gig as well as with Gaelic singer Mischa Macpherson (28th Jan).Ewan will be at St Andrews in the Square for the TMSA’s 101 Scottish Songs – The wee Red book (21st Jan) as well as joining Megan at the An Lochran – Stri is Buaidh concert (4th Feb). Phew, it’s going to be a busy festival! 

Shop

Our online store will be closed from today (20th) for the Christmas holidays. Any orders placed during the next couple of weeks will go out after the 4th of January.

 February/March Tour

Following on from Celtic Connections we’ll be hitting the road for a run of UK dates (and a quick jaunt to Rotterdam…). We’ve still got a couple of free dates (7th and 16th Feb) if you think you might be able to put on a show please don’t hesitate to get in touch! info@breabach.com

February 2017

05/02/17 - The Met, Bury, UK BUY TICKETS

06/02/17 - Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, UK BUY TICKETS

08/02/17 - Heath Street Baptist Church, London, UK BUY TICKETS

09/02/17 - The Fleece Inn, Evesham, UK BUY TICKETS

10/02/17 - Nails Folk Club, Nailsea, UK BUY TICKETS

11/02/17 - Grayshott, Folk Club, UK BUY TICKETS

12/02/17 - The Musician, Leicester, UK BUY TICKETS

13/02/17 - The Junction, Cambridge, UK BUY TICKETS

14/02/17 - The North Wall, Oxford, UK BUY TICKETS

15/02/17 - The Lakside, Nottingham, UK BUY TICKETS

17/02/17 - Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, UK BUY TICKETS

18/02/17 - Celtic and Balfolk Night, Rotterdam, UK BUY TICKETS

20/02/17 - Forest Folk Club, North Boarhunt, UK BUY TICKETS

25/02/17 -  Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK BUY TICKETS

26/02/17 - Eden Court, Inverness, UK BUY TICKETS

March 2017

03/03/17 - Glassel Hall, Banchory UK BUY TICKETS

04/03/17 - Paisley Arts Centre, Paisley UK BUY TICKETS

www.breabach.com/live

Wishing you all a merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you in 2017!

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Summer News 2016

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Hello everyone,

Hope you’re all enjoying the summer so far! Since our last update we’ve been laying quite low, however we did manage a fun weekend up at Skye Live, a visit to Germany for Festspiele Mecklenburg (where we also got to work with the local youth orchestra) as well as fitting in a few marathons and cycle sportifs for good measure! Now though over in Breabach HQ we’re getting the clothes packed, pipes tuned and suncream applied (optimistic) for our run of summer festivals which kicks off this coming weekend. First stop is the Byre in the Botanics series in St Andrews with our good pals – amazing Orcadian band Fara. Should be a great evening in the park! We then head straight down south to Priddy Folk Festival where we will be closing out the Sunday evening. Hope to see you there! The following weekends will see us visiting Tiree, Lewis, Trowbridge, Cambridge, Aboyne, Belladrum, Crieff and Italy. Full details below.

Canada

September sees us returning to Canada following up on last summers amazing tour. We start off with a bang at the Fort Henry Kitchen Party before heading on for a few shows at Ontario Small Halls, gigs in London ON, Peterborough ON and the Contact East Showcase in NB. Should be a fun few weeks.

Astar Tour

Our second leg of the Astar album release tour continues in October. Some more dates still coming in but here’s a couple for you diary including a new venue for us in London at Rich Mix (27th Oct)!

You can still pickup the album now over here:

Bandcamp: http://ow.ly/YzoBm

Itunes: http://ow.ly/Yzoza

Proper Music: http://ow.ly/YzoDa

Amazon: http://ow.ly/YzoHt

There’s also still a few t-shirts left on bandcamp if you fancy!

Tour Dates

www.breabach.com/live

July 2016

09/07/16 – St Andrews, Byre in the Botanics, UK BUY TICKETS

10/07/16 – Priddy, Priddy Folk Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

15/07/16 – Isle of Tiree, Tiree Music Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

16/07/16 - Stornoway, Heb Celt Fest, UK BUY TICKETS

23/07/16 – Trowbridge, Village Pump Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

30/07/16 – Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

August 2016

05/08/16 – Aboyne, Aboyne and Deeside Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

06/08/16 – Belladrum, Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, UK BUY TICKETS

21/08/16 – Crieff, Crieff Highland Gathering, UK BUY TICKETS

26/08/16 – Bologna, Festival Corti Chiese e CortiliItaly, IT BUY TICKETS

27/08/16- Sampeyre, Occit’amo Festival, IT BUY TICKETS

September 2016

10/09/16 – Fort Henry, Fort Henry Celtic Kitchen Party, CA BUY TICKETS

15/09/16- Beckwith, Stonefields (Festival of Small Halls), CA BUY TICKETS

16/09/16 – Ottawa, ON, City Folk – Landsdowne Par, CA BUY TICKETS

17/09/16 – Maxville, St.James Church (Festival of Small Halls), CA BUY TICKETS

18/09/16 – Maberly, Maberly Community Hall (Festival of Small Halls), CA BUY TICKETS

22/09/16 – London, ON, Aeolian Hall, CA BUY TICKETS

23/09/16 – Peterborough, Market Hall Theatre, CA BUY TICKETS

24/09/16 – Saint John, NB, Contact East, CA BUY TICKETS

October 2016

24/10/16 – Walmgate, Black Swan Folk Club, UK BUY TICKETS
24/10/16 – Southport, The Atkinson, UK BUY TICKETS

Hope to see you out over the summer, or later in the year!

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Astar ‘making of’ mini-documentary & UK tour

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Here’s a look at the making of our new album Astar. Filmed by our pal Daniel Warren and featuring discussion with producer Greg Lawson, we hope it gives you a little insight into how we pulled the record together. We’re taking pre-orders now ahead of release on 11/03/16.

Bandcamp: http://ow.ly/YzoBm
Itunes: http://ow.ly/Yzoza
Proper Music: http://ow.ly/YzoDa
Amazon: http://ow.ly/YzoHt

UK Tour

We’re just back home from a lovely short tour in Austria where we performed sold-out shows in Vienna, Oblarn and Bludenz. Great venues, beautiful scenery, lovely audiences and a few schnitzel thrown in for good measure! There’s no time to rest though as we hit the road back in the UK for a string of shows. Looking forward to playing at some of our favourite venues, seeing some familiar faces and visiting some new places as well. Hope to see you out there!

www.breabach.com/live

February 2016

22nd : Nettlebed Village Club, Nr Henley-on-Thames, UK BUY TICKETS
23rd : The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, UK BUY TICKETS
25th : Colston Hall, Bristol, UK BUY TICKETS
26th : Liverpool Phil Music Room, Liverpool, UK BUY TICKETS
27th : The Met, Bury, UK BUY TICKETS
28th : Victoria Hall, Saltaire BUY TICKETS

March 2016

2nd : Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, UK BUY TICKETS
3rd : New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury, UK BUY TICKETS
4th : Grayshott Folk Club, Surrey, UK BUY TICKETS
5th : The Pound, Corsham, UK BUY TICKETS
6th : Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, UK BUY TICKETS
10th : The Convent, Stroud, UK BUY TICKETS
11th : The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, UK BUY TICKETS
12th : Emsworth Baptist Church, Emsworth, UK BUY TICKETS
13th : 100 Club, London, UK BUY TICKETS
19th : The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK BUY TICKETS
25th : Bishopton Folk Night, Renfrewshire, UK BUY TICKETS
26th : Fochabers Institute (Arc Sessions), Fochabers BUY TICKETS
31st : The Grand, Clitheroe, UK BUY TICKETS

April 2016

1st : Pontio, Bangor, UK BUY TICKETS
2nd : Drygate, Glasgow, UK BUY TICKETS

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Winter News 2015

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Winter 2015

Greetings of the season to you all! It’s been a busy few months for us in ’Breabachland’ having been in the studio finishing our latest album Astar (more below) as well eine fantastische tour of Germany with The Paddy Callaghan Trio, Fin Moore and the Highland Blast crew. We’re looking forward to big meals and long lies over the festive season but things start ramping up again over New Year with gigs at the the Inverness Hogmanay Street party (31st Dec), Ullapool Ceilidh Place (1st Jan) and An Lanntair in Stornaway (2nd Jan) - will be a great way to conclude an exciting year. Thanks as always for supporting the band and we’ll see you again in 2016! 

ASTAR 

We are delighted to announce that  our fifth studio album, Astar, will be released on 11th March 2016 - accompanied by a full UK tour (see below). The music on the album takes inspiration from the beautiful places we have visited and wonderful people we have met whilst on tour over the last few years. Working with producer Greg Lawson we have taken melodic, rhythmic and harmonic ideas from five different cultures and merged them with our sound. Some of this is woven into the arrangement, some of this is achieved through self-penned works. We’re really excited to feature some special guests on the recording including Yidaki player Mark Atkins (AUS), extraordinary Aboriginal artist Yirrmal Marika of The Black Arm Band (AUS), Maori tradition bearer Scott Morrison (NZ), Quebecois violinist Olivier Demers and the members of Le Vent Du Nord (Quebec) and Hardanger virtuoso Olav Luksengård Mjelva of Nordic Fiddlers Bloc & Sver (NO). We are incredibly proud of the album and very grateful to Greg Lawson and Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound studios for helping bring these crazy ideas to life! We can’t wait to let you hear it. 

The album is available to pre-order now! Head over to:
breabach.bandcamp.com/astar
where you can browse some of the different pre-order packages available. You’ll be amongst the first to receive a physical copy of the album as well as getting an instant download of one track.

Album Tour 

 In January we will begin our album tour, kicking things off at Perth Concert Hall alongside the amazing Anda Union from Mongolia. February and March will take us across the UK, as well as a short stint in Austria, before finishing up at home in Glasgow on 2nd April. Hope you can join us at some point on the tour, we are really looking forward to taking the music of Astar out on the road and seeing some familiar folky friends along the way!

December 2015

31st : Inverness Red Hot Highland Fling BUY TICKETS

January 2016

1st : The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool BUY TICKETS
2nd : An Lanntair, Stornaway BUY TICKETS
28th : Perth Concert Hall, United Kingdom, With AnDa Union BUY TICKETS

February 2016

12th : The Brunton, Musselburgh, UK BUY TICKETS
13th : The Civic, Barnsley, UK BUY TICKETS
18th : Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria BUY TICKETS
19th : ku:L, Öblarn, Austria BUY TICKETS
20th : Remise, Bludenz, Austria BUY TICKETS
22nd : Nettlebed Village Club, Nr Henley-on-Thames, UK BUY TICKETS
23rd : The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, UK BUY TICKETS
25th : Colston Hall, Bristol, UK BUY TICKETS
26th : Liverpool Phil Music Room, Liverpool, UK BUY TICKETS
27th : The Met, Bury, UK BUY TICKETS

March 2016

2nd : Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, UK BUY TICKETS
3rd : New Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury, UK BUY TICKETS
4th : Grayshott Folk Club, Surrey, UK BUY TICKETS
5th : The Pound, Corsham, UK BUY TICKETS
6th : Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton, UK BUY TICKETS
10th : The Convent, Stroud, UK BUY TICKETS
11th : The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple, UK BUY TICKETS
12th : Emsworth Baptist Church, Emsworth, UK BUY TICKETS
13th : 100 Club, London, UK BUY TICKETS
19th : The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, UK BUY TICKETS
25th : Bishopton Folk Night, Renfrewshire, UK BUY TICKETS
26th : Fochabers Institute (Arc Sessions), Fochabers BUY TICKETS
31st : The Grand, Clitheroe, UK BUY TICKETS

April 2016

1st : Pontio, Bangor, UK BUY TICKETS
2nd : Drygate, Glasgow, UK BUY TICKETS

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Autumn News 2015

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Photo Credit: Guillaume Morin Photographe

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Autumn 2015

Hope you all have had a great summer!  It’s been a successful few months over here in Breabach land. June and July saw us take in great coast to coast tour of Canada visiting some amazing festivals and meeting friends & family, old and new – thanks to all that helped make it happen. You can check out our photo album from the trip over on the Facebook HERE. Since returning we managed a quick trip to the Lorient Interceltique Festival which was brilliant but mainly we’ve been hidden away in rehearsal rooms all of August preparing material for our new album…

 

New album ‘Astar’

We’re delighted to announce our next album entitled ‘Astar’ which translates from Gaelic as distance or journey. The album reflects on the travels we have been fortunate enough to make over the last few years, the people that have inspired us along the way and the influences that we have carried back home with us. For the recording sessions we are returning to the brilliant Castlesound Studios in Pencaitland where we recorded Ùrlar back in 2013 under the watchful eye of engineer supremo Stuart Hamilton. The studio space is just perfect for the way we work and will once again allow us to record in our natural environment – live. In the producers chair we are delighted to welcome in Greg Lawson. Known for his work as principal violin in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra as well as genre bending group Moishe’s bagel Greg has been inspiring us for many years now. In January 2015 Greg premiered his newly orchestrated adaptation of Martyn Bennet’s GRIT to critical acclaim and as part of the orchestra, Calum experienced first hand what a driven, enthusiastic and excited musical director Greg was. We’re all very buzzed up about where he will take the Breabach sound.


Photo Credit: John Wood 

We begin recording at the end of September and will be bringing the album to your ears early 2016. Stay tuned for more news and pre-order details in the next couple of months!!

 Upcoming Shows

We are heading out for a few festivals this month before we head into the studio. Hope to catch some of you at these concerts (see below)! Our next run of shows will then start in November as part of the Highland Blast tour in Germany before returning home in December for a few wintery gigs.

September 2015

11th : Bromyard Folk Festival, Bromyard, United Kingdom BUY TICKETS
12th : Swanage Swanage Folk Festival United Kingdom BUY TICKETS
17th – 20th : Ceòl Cholasa, Colonsay, United Kingdom BUY TICKETS
25th : Southdown Folk Festival, Bognor Regis, United Kingdom BUY TICKETS

November 2015

4th : Schloss Trebsen, Leipzig, Germany BUY TICKETS
5th : Kulturhaus Centre Bagatelle, Berlin, Germany BUY TICKETS
6th : Kulturzentrum Heidbarghof, Hamburg, Germany BUY TICKETS
7th : Gasthof Zum Mühlengraben, Bugewitz / Ostvorpommern, Germany BUY TICKETS
8th : Theater am Rand, Zollbrücke, Germany BUY TICKETS
11th : Highland Blast – SCHLOSS HORST, GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany BUY TICKETS
12th : Highland Blast – STADTHALLE AM SCHLOSS, ASCHAFFENBURG, Germany BUY TICKETS
13th : Highland Blast – KULTURSTÄTTE SCHWANENTEICH, MÜHLHAUSEN, Germany BUY TICKETS
14th : Highland Blast – FÜRSTLICHER MARSTALL, WERNIGERODE, Germany BUY TICKETS
15th : Highland Blast – BRUNSVIGA KULTUR- UND KOMMUNIKATIONSZENTRUM, BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany BUY TICKETS
16th : Highland Blast - MARKT ZWANZIG, DELITZSCH, Germany BUY TICKETS
17th : Highland Blast – GUT WIENEBÜTTEL, LÜNEBURG, Germany BUY TICKETS
19th : Highland Blast – FLOTTMANN-HALLEN, HERNE, Germany BUY TICKETS
20th : Highland Blast – PZ HOMBRUCH, DORTMUND, Germany BUY TICKETS
21st : Highland Blast – HEIMATHAUS, TWIST, Germany BUY TICKETS

December 2015

19th : The Tolbooth, Stirling, United Kingdom BUY TICKETS

January 2016

28th : Perth Concert Hall, United Kingdom, With AnDa Union BUY TICKETS

 

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