Artwork by Somhairle Macdonald (Father of Schmo)
Produced by Eamon Doorley
Engineered & Mixed by Iain Hutchison
Mastered by Calum Malcolm
Additional Engineering by Sam Welch
Recorded at GloWormRecording & Gorbals Sound (Glasgow)
We’re delighted to be heading out to Kansas City (with support from Showcase Scotland) for this year’s Folk Alliance International conference along with a host of other fantastic Scottish acts. We’ll be making a few appearance over the weekend, hope you can join us!
Official Showcase (Century C) 20:30 – 21:00
Folquebec (542) 00:00 – 00:20
ECMA (535) 01:45 – 02:05
A live clip of ‘Farsund’ from our most recent album Astar
‘Best Group Finalist’ - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 ‘Songlines Magazine Awards Europe Finalist 2017′ ‘Folk Band of the Year’ – BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 ‘Album of the Year’ – BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 ‘Live Act of the Year’ – BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014
“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” The Scotsman 2017 ★★★★★
“Astar sees Breabach in an electrifying new phase – one that illustrates the band’s strength and interest in experimentation. Exhilarating, energetic and accomplished Astar is a rare, beautiful treat.” Songlines ★★★★
We’re very excited to share news of our plans for this coming year and also to catch you up on our autumn adventures from last year.
October kicked off with some lovely gigs in Scotland and England. We took part in the Paisley Spree Festival with our friends Talisk and Louis Abott before heading on to Perth Concert Hall, sharing the stage with the wonderful Kris Drever.
Eastern Canada was next on the agenda for what proved to be a wonderful two weeks of music and friendship with Chris ‘Old man Luedecke‘ and Joel Hunt. Non musical highlights included a fine haircut and sing song at the Humble Barber PEI; the Potato Museum in New Brunswick; and a visit to the wild,wind swept archipelago of the Iles de la Madeleine, Quebec.
Post Canada we have been busy working on material for a new album, keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news on this! We also played an unusual but very fun St Andrews day show underneath a Concorde at the National Museum of Flight.
We’re back out on the road again this coming February around the UK. Hope you can join us at one of the gigs! We’ve got the day off on the 25th, let us know if you have any ideas!
We’re very excited to be one of a number of Scottish artists appearing at the amazing Folk Alliance International conferencewhich runs from the 14-18th of February in Kansas City. A huge thanks to Showcase Scotland for their support and hard work pulling this together, it’s sure to be a weekend to remember!
This spring we will be back on our antipodean adventures, revisiting some of our favourite festivals alongside some new ones and a host of shows in between. We can’t wait and a huge thanks to our friends at Woodfordia for putting this wonderful tour together!
After the success of James Mackenzie’s self-titled debut release we’re excited to share his new release with you Sròmos. Expect James’ typical melodic flair and instrumental prowess coupled with grooves, electric instrumentation and multi layered textures.
Breabach won’t be appearing at Celtic Connections this year but it would be amiss to not mention the most amazing festival that takes place in our adopted home town, Glasgow. We’ll all be appearing in various different projects over the next few weeks so keep an eye out if you’re around for the festival.
Hope you’ve all had a great start to the year! We’re currently enjoying a brief moment of fine weather in Glasgow so thought it was time for a catch up as we move into Spring. We had a very enjoyable tour of the UK in February, a huge thanks to all who put on the shows, make us lovely food, accommodate us and most importantly to all of you that come out and support live music. We greatly appreciate it!
We kicked off the tour at home, with a sold-out show at Celtic Connections celebrating the music from Astar (our small film below will give you an insight into the show, made my our friend Sam Hurt). We were really happy to see the show receive a 5 star review in the Scotsman, thanks to Sue Wilson for her thoughts and kind words.
“As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.” ☆☆☆☆☆
After a whirlwind 4 weeks we played our final show of the tour in the Paisley Arts Centre (fingers crossed for city of culture 2021). We’re now resting up for a few weeks before the summer festival season kicks off, but not before we head to the Royal Albert Hall for a bit of a knees up…
Delighted to be nominated in this years Songlines Music Awards (for best album in Europe category). We’re also featured on their annual awards compilation alongside allthe other amazing nominees which you can pick up here.
We’re back out on the road this Summer, starting off with a few scottish shows, firstly in Strontian on the 9th June followed by Keith Festival on the 10th. We’re then in Europe for most of July & August appearing at festivals in France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway as well as a tour of Sweden. More dates to announced very soon! We’ll be out for some more UK shows in October followed by some time over in eastern Canada in Late Autumn as well, but more info on that to follow!
Our resident bass player, James Lindsay is bringing out his own solo album entitled Strand this year. It’s a darkly atmospheric blend of instrumental folk and contemporary-jazz brought together by some of the top cross-genre players in Scotland. Released on June 2nd it’s available for pre-order now at: jameslindsaymusic.bandcamp.com
For more info: www.jameslindsaymusic.com
Ewan and the Celtman
As many of you may know we love a good adventure/sporting challenge! In mid March, Ewan set off to Cyprus to take part in the UCI Grand Fondo World Series with Team Almyra. Based at the wonderful Hotel Almyra in Paphos, it was a great opportunity to spend time cycling through beautiful scenery with some of Scotland’s top endurance athletes and coaches. It also served as an important opportunity to fit in some much needed quality training for the Celtman Extreme Triathlon this June. Keeps your eyes and ears peeled over the summer for news of Ewan’s new album release ‘Transitions’ based on his experience of taking part one of the toughest multi sport challenges going, the Celtman.