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.
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 Thomson, Alex McNutt and to all the promoters, venue’s and festivals who give us the opportunity to play!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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! firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Botanicsseries 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.
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.
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)!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!