Urlar sneak peek…

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Pre Order new album Ùrlar by Breabach now! from Stash Media Worx on Vimeo.

Ùrlar is released on the 21/10/13. For now, take a sneak peek at what we’ve been up to with Mike Guest Photography.

Preorder now: http://breabach.bandcamp.com/

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New album preordering now!

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Ùrlar is preordering now!

Head over to breabach.bandcamp.com to hear/download a snippet of the album and order your copy! All preorders will arrive through your door (or inbox) on the day of release (21/10/13).

Preorders will receive a signed copy of the album & other goodies. We are also offering a ltd edition BreaBag filled with the signed album and other bits and bobs.

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July Breabach

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Hello all!

Hope you are all well and enjoying the fine weather. We are having a lovely Summer so far which was seen us travelling all over Scotland playing for some totally appreciative and up for it audiences – it was really brilliant. Summer also means getting to visit some great festivals in unusual locations including Eigg, Solas, Stonehaven & Tiree (where there much bungee running to be had). All in all we are quite spoiled. Thanks to everyone that has invited us to play this year so far and to everyone that came and listened to us!

Cambridge Folk Festival

This weekend we hit Cambridge Folk Festival and it looks set to be a stonker of a weekend. Not only do we get to see and hang out with some of our favourite musicians but we are going to be reunited with our Québécois friends Le Vent Du Nord. We will be collaborating with them on the Saturday afternoon – very exciting! As well as this, James Lindsay and Megan have decided to keep themselves extra busy this weekend and will be performing alongside Bella Hardy and Heidi Talbot respectively. If you are at the festival you can come see us at the following times:


Stage 1 1:05 pm


The Hub Workshop

2:45 pm


Stage 2

4:35 pm


MOJO signing tent

6.20 pm

New album – Urlár

We can now announce that our new album will be entitled Urlár. We feel this title really reflects where we are coming from with this new record (lit. Ground) from the focus we put on taking inspiration and music from the places we grew up, whilst also directly referencing the piobaireachd ground. We begin recording at Castlesound Studios on the 12th August, exciting times! You can hear a preview of our new material from the most recent BBCAlba Taghadh bho na Trads program www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p019n0b6

James Mackenzie Debut Solo Album!

James Mackenzie’s brilliant new album is available now for pre-order! Head over to
www.jamesduncanmackenzie.com for a listen and to order. We’ve heard it and can confirm that it is very, very good.

Man’s Ruin new single - Working for the Man

Calum and James L’s folk/funk-fusion/party project Man’s Ruin have just released their new single ‘Working for the Man‘ and you can download it right now from mansruin.bandcamp.com. Head over and check it out but please avoid using heavy machinery whilst listening.

Cheers for now! 

We will be releasing a lot more information about our new record over the coming months and also more exciting news about upcoming gigs. Stay tuned to breabach.com and our facebook & twitter for all the latest. Thanks again for supporting the band!

All the best

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May Breabach

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Hello all!

It’s been a while since the last newsletter and in that time we’ve had some great trips abroad to New York for Tartan Week, Paris for Festival Irlandays and we had a lovely concert at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. Now time for a wee update on some things that are coming up:



This weekend we head into the Galloway hills for the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh. It’s going to be our first festival of the Summer and we have heard it is quite a party!

Scottish Summer Tour

This June we will be out on the road for a string of Scottish dates. It’s a particularly special tour for us as we will visiting all our home communities, performing for old friends and collecting music from our local areas to feature on our next album. We really hope you can make it along to one of the gigs!

June 2013

6th – Oran Mor, Glasgow | 7.00pm – Tickets: www.ticketweb.co.uk (2-4-1 Students)
7th – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh | 7.30pm, £15/12 - 0131 668 2019
12th – Ceilidh Place, Ullapool | 8.30pm - 01854 612103
13th – An Lanntair, Stornoway, Lewis | 8.00pm - 01851 708480
14th – Aros, Portree, Skye | 7.30pm - 01478 613750
15th – Isle of Eigg Festival
17th – The Lime Tree, Fort William | 7pm, £10/8 - 01397-701806
18th – Unicorn, Dundee | 7.30pm, £12/10, BYOB - 01382 200900
19th – Logie Durno Hall, Aberdeenshire | 7.30pm, £10/8, BYOB – 01467 681 330
20th – Carrbridge Village Hall, Highlands | 7.30pm, £10/8, BYOB – 01479 841565
22nd – Solas Festival, Pethshire


As well as our June tour we are really looking forward to the rest of the Summer and the festivals that await us. 13th of July is Stonehaven Folk Festival, 20th Tiree Music Festival and 27/28th is Cambridge Folk Festival. Let’s hope the weather holds out for some lovely weekends of music. More news on August gigs to follow.

New album

We are steadily putting together our brand new album which is due to be released this coming Autumn. We have the fantastic Kris Drever producing for us this time and he will be helping us make something really nice hopefully in August. For those of you coming to our June gigs you can be sure to hear some of our brand new material! More news on this soon.

Living Tradition

This month we are chuffed to announce that we are the cover feature of The Living Tradition magazine. Thanks guys!


In other cool news we are lucky enough to have our June tour sponsored by brand new Scottish craft-brewery six°north. They are a Stonehaven based company specializing in Belgian style brews! Check them out and if you make it out to one of the gigs we will hopefully have a few bottles for you to try (fingers crossed we don’t get too thirsty on the first night).

James Mackenzie Solo Album

James M has just finished his own solo album and from what little snippets we’ve heard it’s going to be a cracker. It features a host of great friends and players – Matheu Watson, Sean Gray, Hamish Napier, Robert Nairn, Alistair White & James Lindsay He will be launching it on his home island of Lewis at this years Heb Celt Fest. Stay tuned to facebook.com/jamesdmackenziemusic or twitter @jamesdmackenzie for more information.

Salsa Celtica

Megan is away with the brilliant Salsa Celtica right now doing some gigs in preparation for their new album recording in June. Go check them out if they are in your area!

Man’s Ruin

Calum and James L are gearing up for the release of a new single from their folk-funk-hybrid project Man’s Ruin. If that kind of thing takes your fancy then you can pre-order the single right now - mansruin.bandcamp.com - remember to put your dancing shoes on.

Think that will do us for now! We hope to see you out there over the Summer.

All the best

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February Breabach

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Hello everyone!

It’s fairly scary that we are already almost half-way through February. The start of the year has been really frantic but very positive and has really kicked us back into gear after the holidays.

Celtic Connections

Photo: Well, that was a quite a way to spend a Burns night. Thank you to everyone that helped to make the show such a success and thanks to everyone that came along for the party! We would love to do it again sometime.</p><br /> <p>Did anyone get any photos or videos of the night? We would love to see them!

We started things off on a high with a celebration of Robert Burns in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall during Celtic Connections – The Big Burns Night. Gathering together a host of our musical pals we set out to make a really special night, and in fact it turned out to be just that! We were joined on stage by Dougie MacleanKathleen MacinnesSarah JaroszBlazin Fiddles and Iain Sandilands and we powered our way through a celebration of Burns material, Scottish song, tunes and literature. During the evening our makeshift bar (Rab’s) was tended by the one and only Duncan Chisholm, in the kitchen cooking up the haggis was celebrity folky chef Ross Ainslie (ably assisted by Hamish Napier), Kevin Macleod of singing kettle fame helped compere the night (as well as taking his turn at addressing the haggis!) and our national machar Liz Lochead provided us with a few tasters of burns as well as the immortal memory. It will be a night we won’t quickly forget. We would love to see any photos or videos people took on the night, if you have any fire them up on our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/breabach

Jennie Macfie from STV wrote a nice piece about the night – http://entertainment.stv.tv/music/211571-celtic-connections-celebrates-rabbie-with-the-big-burns-night/

Thanks to everyone that helped make the night such a success – Donald, Lesley, everyone at Celtic, Lisa, Michelle, Claire, Susie, Sandy Lindsay, Jennifer Austin, Ross Ainslie, Duncan Chisholm, Hamish Napier, Angus Lyon, Anna Massie, Bruce Macgregor, Jenna Reid, Allan Henderson, Iain Macfarlane, Dougie Maclean, Kathleen Macinnes, Sarah Jarosz, Iain Sandilands, Kevin Macleod, Liz Lochead, Iain Thomson, Gary Ebdy, Drew and all the team at the concert hall, our guests that joined us at the table (you guys were great), everyone else that mucked in, provided props, food, drink and to the great audience!


After the festival madness we headed back into rehearsal to work up some more new material. We are getting filmed by Beesnees media for BBC Alba’s trad award winner’s show, so we are going to be debuting some brand new Breabach sounds on the tele! We will let you know when it’s going to be aired.


We also managed a quick jaunt over to Oslo last week and the great Riksscenen venue. So cold and snowy, but lovely and a great gig! The 5.30am leave the next morning wasn’t as lovely but this is how things go.

Thanks to Knut Utler for the great photos! Check him out - Knut Utler Foto

Folk Alliance International Conference

The Folk Alliance International

So now we are gearing up for an exciting trip over to Toronto and the NA Folk Alliance International which takes place at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. It will be our first time attending the event and we really can’t wait to get stuck in about it, there’s going to be so many new faces to meet and so much new music to hear. We heard word that there is going to be some familiar faces from Scotland there too, so I’m sure it will be a relaxed affair all round.

If you are attending the showcase you can catch us performing at the following times:

Friday 22/2/13 - 20:15 - Mountbatten B (Official Showcase)
Friday 22/2/13 – 00:40 - Roots Across the Atlantic (Loud Room), Monarch Room
Saturday 23/2/13 – 22:30 - Roots Across the Atlantic, Room 1264
Saturday 23/2/13 – 01:15 - Music Monkey Suite, Room 1074
Saturday 23/2/13 – 02:00 - British Underground, Room 1281

Thanks for reading and hope to see you out there soon!

All the best


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