Breabach News April 2014

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Tour Down Under

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!

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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.

Here’s a clip to fill you in about the project :


Making great friendships and catching up with friends and family along the way is always very special, this time even more so as we met Megan’s brand new niece Christina for the first time!


As always a huge amount of thanks must go to everyone working behind the scenes to make these tours possible, we are very grateful to you all. What an adventure and great privilege.

Breabach UK Tour April/May 2014

So now, a couple of weeks off and then we are back out on tour around the UK. Hope you can make one of the shows!

April 2014

26th John Muir Festival, John Muir Way, Loch Lomond Shores

May 2014

2nd Tradfest, Teviot Row Debating House
3rd The Visit, Tobermory, Mull
10th Gulbenkian Theatre, Kent
11th Bush Hall, London
12th Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
14th Buccleauch Centre, Langholm
16th The Unicorn, Dundee
17th Letham Nights, Letham, Fife
21st The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
22nd Fruit, Hull
23rd Nailsea Folk Club, Tithe Barn, Nailsea
24th Folkworks Hexham Gathering
26th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
28th Carrbridge Village Hall tel:01479 841 565
30th The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
31st Ceòl on the Croft, Isle of Skye

Summer Festivals

July 2014

4-5th Sark Folk Festival, Channel Islands
11th Moonbeams Festival, Hunmanby, East Yorkshire
12th Ely Folk Festival, Cambridgeshire
16th Heb Celt Fest, Breasclete Community Centre, Lewis
17th Heb Celt Fest, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis (Boomerang Project)
25th Kings Lynn Festival
27th  Warwick Folk Festival, Warwick

August 2014            

2nd   Inverie Village Hall, Knoydart
4th Sidmouth Folk Week, Ham Marquee
9th Telemarkfestivalen, Bø, Telemark, Norway
23rd Mull of Kintyre Festival, Heritage Centre, Campbeltown

Thanks for reading! See you out there.


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Australia/New Zealand Spring 2014

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Breabach into Australia & New Zealand

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.

March 2014               

7-8th                     Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia
9-10th WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide, Australia
11th Brunswick Music Festival, Melbourne, Australia
14th-16th     Womad New Zealand, Taranaki, New Zealand
23rd 10 Days on the Island Festival, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
28th Caravan Music Club, Melbourne, Australia

April 2014

3rd Queensland Irish Club, Brisbane, Australia
5th Homeground Festival, Sydney Opera House, Australia


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Breabach News Feb 2014

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Breabach, Peatbog Faeries, Rachel Sermanni & Jennifer Austin @ Woodford FF

Breabach, Peatbog Faeries, Rachel Sermanni & Jennifer Austin @ Woodford FF

Hello all!

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

oz posterThis 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).

March 2014            

7-8th       Port Fairy Folk Festival, Australia
9-10th WOMADelaide, Botanic Park, Adelaide
11th Brunswick Music Festival, Australia
14th-16th     Womad New Zealand, Taranaki, NZ
23rd 10 Days on the Island Festival, Tasmania, Australia

April 2014           

5th 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 DonovanDjakapurra 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

p01lrlh2We 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.

UK Touring

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 –

Thank you! 

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!

All the best for now


April 2014

26th John Muir Festival, Dunbar

May 2014

2nd Trad Fest, Teviot Row, Edinburgh
8th Bundleigh Salterton Town Hall
10th Folk in the Barn, Canterbury, Kent
11th Bush Hall, London
12th Theatre by the Lake, Nottingham
14th Buccleauch Centre, Langholm
15th Catstrand, New Galloway
17th Letham Nights, Letham, Fife
20th The Musician Pub, Leicester
21st The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
23rd Nailsea Folk Club, Nailsea
24th Folkworks Hexham Gathering
26th Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
30th The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool

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Breabach November News

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Hello to all from Breabach HQ! 


We are in the midst of our Ùrlar album tour and are having a brilliant time so far. Only a few more dates to go on this leg and we hope you can make it along if we are in you’re area. A big thanks to everyone that has helped us out with sound & lights, sold our merch, fed & watered us and all of you that have come along to support the gigs! We are still looking for a couple of merchandise sellers for Peebles and Colchester, send us an email if you would like to help us out in exchange for a few goodies.

Unfortunately our gig in Falmouth which was supposed to occur on 26/11/13 has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Princess Pavillion will be issuing refunds to those who had bought tickets.

21st – Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles
22nd – Kings Place, London
23rd – Number 8, Pershore
25th – Nettlebed Village Club, near Henley on Thames
27th – Phoenix, Exeter
28th – Colchester Arts Centre
30th – Edinburgh St. Andrews night, Grassmarket, Edinburgh

Scots Trad Music Awards 


We are really chuffed to have been nominated for ‘Best Live Act’ at this years Scots Trad Music Awards amongst such esteemed company as LAU, Anna Massie & Mairearad Green and The Outside Track - if you haven’t checked them out then do so now, they rock. Special thanks goes to our sound engineer Iain ‘Tompy’ Thomson, he is the secret weapon to our live show! Voting only takes 5 minutes and as you trawl through the nominees you might discover something new to whet your musical appetite! Follow this link to vote -

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More awardy things… Radio 2 Folk Awards


On this weeks Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, the nominees for the 2o14 Radio 2 Folk Awards were announced. We are honoured to be up for best group alongside LAU, Melrose Quartet and The Full English. Congratulations to everyone that has received a nomination, we can’t wait to join you all at the shindig in February!

This Hogmanay we are going to be celebrating in the sun at the Woodford Folk Festival (near Brisbane, Australia). It’s such an exciting opportunity and we are looking forward to getting a good dose of craic with our pals the Peatbog Faeries and Rachel Sermanni who will also be there. We would love to hear from you if you will be there for the party too!

Making of Ùrlar

The super talented Mike Guest put together a ‘making of’ video for our most recent album Ùrlar. If you want a look inside the recording process check it out here:

Ùrlar by Breabach from Stash Media Worx on Vimeo.

Ùrlar available for purchase now! 

We still have a few bags and signed copies of the album available to purchase from our bandcamp. Head over to now to get your copy before they all disappear.

Edinburgh St. Andrews Night

On the 30th of November we will be having a rare old time in Edinburgh at the Grassmarket as we take part in a big FREE day of music. We will be performing alongside Blazin’ Fiddles, Dougie Maclean, Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow), Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, Adam Sutherland, Rura and more! It’s going to be quite a day. Read more here:

Hope to see you out there folks!!

All the best

James, James, Ewan, Megan and Calum

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Urlar out now!

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Ùrlar is now officially available! You can pick it up on our website, bandcamp, itunes, amazon and all good record stores (distributed by Proper Music & Highlander). We are really chuffed with how it has come out and we hope you enjoy the music! Check out to see what we have on offer!

Want a look inside the making of the album? Here is a brand new video put together by Mike Guest and Stash Media Worx.

Ùrlar by Breabach from Stash Media Worx on Vimeo.

We launched the album in style last night at Riccardo’s Italian kitchen (we dedicated a tune to this fine establishment on the album!) in Glasgow. Fine tunes, pizza and a few glasses (bottles) of wine with our pals. What a great night!

BXIz7GcIgAAPLQA Thanks to everyone for your support!
All the best


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