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:
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!
31st : Inverness Red Hot Highland Fling BUY TICKETS
1st : The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool BUY TICKETS
2nd : An Lanntair, Stornaway BUY TICKETS
28th : Perth Concert Hall, United Kingdom, With AnDa Union BUY TICKETS
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
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
1st : Pontio, Bangor, UK BUY TICKETS
2nd : Drygate, Glasgow, UK BUY TICKETS
Photo Credit: Guillaume Morin Photographe
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!!
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.
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
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
19th : The Tolbooth, Stirling, United Kingdom BUY TICKETS
28th : Perth Concert Hall, United Kingdom, With AnDa Union BUY TICKETS
We are just off the back of our uk-wide tour which has kept us busy for the past month. It’s been really great and what better way to round off the whole thing than getting to play a few of our favourite venues in Scotland - The Ceilidh Place (Ullapool), Universal Hall (Findhorn) and Gaddies (Oyne). Thanks to everyone that made the gigs possible and to all the lovely audiences! Thanks also to Mark Harrison for the photo from London King’s Place above.
Canadian Coast to Coast Summer Tour
Next Monday we head over to Canada for a few weeks of shows. Very exited for what is set to be a really fun tour of festivals across the country. Our first stop is Prince Edward Island for the Festival of Small Halls where we will be spending our time dining on the finest sea food (and doing some gigs). As well as this we are hoping to get to hang out with our pals Rura and Ross & Jarlath who are also over this summer!
For all the details : www.breabach.com/live
23 – 25th : Festival of Small Halls, PEI
26 – 28th : Festival de Chants de Vielles, QC
2nd : DeCoste Entertainment Centre, Pictou, NS
3 – 4th : Stan Rogers Folk Festival, NS
5th : Granville Green, Port Hawkesbury, NS
9th : Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, ON
11 – 12th : Sunfest, London, ON
16th : Harrison Festival, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
18 – 19th : Vancouver Folk Music Festival, BC
Last week we were on BBC Alba as part of the Seirm series. Filmed during Celtic Connections 2015 it features a load of different artists that were performing at the festival. It was a very cold January evening with the snow coming down outside when we filmed this, but good craic and music inside! Here’s a clip of us performing ‘Bowmore Fair’ from Ùrlar. Stay tuned for more clips throughout the series, including James & Megan joining the mighty Danu for a few tunes!
The remainder of our summer will be taken up with rehearsing new material for album number 5. We’ll be headed into the studio early Autumn to get to work, but more news on this soon! However, we will have time to fit in a few festivals in uk & France. Hope to see you out at one of these!
9th : Festival Interceltique de Lorient – Grand Théâtre, Lorient
5th : Robin Hood Festival, Nottingham
11th : Bromyard Folk Festival, Bromyard
12th : Swanage Folk Festival, Swanage
25th : Southdowns Folk Festival, Bognor Regis
17 – 20th : Ceòl Choloasa, Colonsay
All the best for now!
James, James, Calum, Megan & Ewan
The past two months have been totally brilliant for the band and we feel incredibly privileged to be able to play our music across the globe. In March we had a great three weeks in Australia/New Zealand – a few Koalas, lovely coffee & food, good shows, good pals and we got to spend a couple of days making music with members of the amazing Black Arm Band, Horomona Horo and Bobby Singh. It was a very inspiring experience!
On our way home we stopped off in Doha, Qatar. We played in the beautiful Alrayyan Theatre in the Souq Waqif (See above picture) and we were joined on stage for a few tunes with a fantastic local musician – Mohamed Al Saegh. Very enjoyable few days, very hot, some dust storms, went on a boat and bought some spices!
The climate was about to dramatically change when we headed west to Newfoundland and the East Coast Music Awards, St. Johns. After a couple of delayed flights (28 hours, door to door) we were hit with the bracing dry cold of the Canadian east coast but met with a really warm welcome at the festival. It turned into a great weekend of music and great craic with our pals Ross & Jarlath and got us excited for a return visit this summer (Full details of this will released soon).
We’re now getting geared up for our next tour which kicks off this May. We start with a show at Labadoux Festival, Belgium before kicking off the UK leg the following weekend. All the tour dates are below. Hope we can catch you along the road!
For all the details : www.breabach.com/live
We have just returned from an amazing tour of Austria with the Maeve Mackinnon Trio where we were incredibly well looked after by our host Dietmar Haslinger (Weltenklang productions) & brilliant sound master/driver Martin Zetner. Great gigs, crowds, food, drink; we love this place. Here’s a few photos from our gig in Katau (courtesy of Diana Horvath) - Scottish Colours.
Now it’s time for us to repack the bags in preparation for our return to Australia & New Zealand this November. We’ll be taking in three shows in Australia (as well as some workshops, keep your eyes peeled for more info…) before hopping over to NZ for some more gigs, culminating in St. Andrews night in Dunedin! To celebrate the trip will also be releasing our track ‘Scotland’s Winter’ as a single (on STEM Music/Planet Records). Hope to see you at one of the shows, and please spread the word if you can! Check out the dates here.
||The spotted Mallard, Melbourne, Australia
||WORKSHOP â€“ Simply Strings, Brisbane
||Trinity Hall, Brisbane, Australia
||Homeground Festival, Sydney Opera House, Bar Badu, Australia
||San Fran, Wellington, NZ
||Old St Johns, Nelson, NZ
||Ferry Ale House, Christchurch, NZ
||Dunedin Coronation Hall, NZ
We are delighted to announce we will be performing at Celtic Connections 2015 alongside our friend, Maori traditional bearer and fellow ‘Boomerang’ collaborator Horomona Horo as well as sharing the bill with the great Alan Kelly Gang. Our show takes place at the Old Fruitmarket on the 22nd of January. We are really looking forward to the festival. Tickets can be purchased here.
Martyn Bennett Prize
On October 14th our bass player James Lindsay was awarded first place in this years Martyn Bennett Prize for Traditional Music Composition. His piece ‘Hebridean Terrace Seamount’ was selected amongst five other beautiful pieces which were performed at the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh. You can hear all five piece here:
Megan is taking part in the Dublin Marathon this weekend to raise money for Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland. She would really appreciate your support and there’s still time to donate, so head over here: