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:

 

Knockengorroch

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

Festivals

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!

Six°north

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
Breabach
@breabach

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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!

Filming

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.

Norway

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

Breabach
@breabach

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Breabach December 2012

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December 2012

Well it’s been quite a year! The time has flown by with what we can only describe as the busiest & biggest year of our career!  We brought in the Bells live on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Show, completed a hugely successful tour of the UK, took two trips around the globe to Australia, had a lot of fun in Montreal and at Celtic Connections with our friends Le Vent Du Nord, as well as travelling to over 20 exciting summer festivals in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia. During all this we released our third album ‘Bann’ – a record we feel is our most focused and exciting to date.

To cap this all off we were incredibly honoured to receive the award for ‘Folk Band of the Year’ at the 2012 Scottish Traditional Music Awards which took place in Fort William last weekend. We were delighted just to be nominated alongside the fantastic RuraRua Macmillan Trio and the Paul Mckenna Band so to win was a real treat and we are immensely proud.

Photo by Louis DeCarlo

Its been a great adventure so far and as a band we’ve worked really hard to make music that means a great deal to us and that we are proud of. We’ve also received amazing support over the years for which we are very grateful. From our family and friends to Active Events (Lisa, Michelle, Susie & Claire), Creative Scotland, Bob Buchan, James Soars, Duncan Lyall, Andy Thorburn, Vertical Records and of course our former members Patsy Reid, Donal Brown and David Henderson (whom without, there would be no Breabach!! Thanks for all the hard work you put in over the years guys). Most importantly, thanks to all of you who took the time to vote and who continue to offer us the most invaluable support by coming to our gigs and buying our records. Thanks for enjoying the music, here’s to you all!!!

We are taking a few weeks off from the band right now whilst James Mackenzie gears up to record his solo album in 2013, Calum & James L are heading out for a few gigs with Man’s Ruin and Ewan & Megan are off doing some duo performances for Live Music Now. We also are looking forward to some down time with our families before the madness of Celtic Connections begins in January.

The Big Burns Night

As Burn’s night will be our first gig of 2013 we thought we might as well go at it full booner. So we have invited a host of fantastic musicians and creative types to join us for the party including Blazin’ Fiddles, Dougie Maclean, Kathleen Macinnes (STMA 2012 ’Album of the Year’ winner), Liz Lochead and more special guests. Tickets are selling fast for this event so if you fancy coming along head over to the Celtic Connections website and book your tickets! The gig takes place on the 25th of January in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall at 7.30 pm.

The Making of Bann

We recently uploaded a short video documenting the recording process of Bann. The video was made by the fantastic Magnus Graham. Thanks again Magnus!  Watch it here - http://youtu.be/wJa0R96I8_8

T-shirt Sale!

As the year draws to a close we are flogging our 2012 T-shirts for the knock down price of £7! Head over to the shop if you want one, but be quick as there are only a few left!

Slàinte mhath!

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2013! Hope you have a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

All the best

Breabach
@breabach

Live Dates

January 2013
25th – The Big Burns Night, Celtic Connections, Glasgow

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Edinburgh Fringe

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Breabach are appearing at the Edinburgh fringe!
5/6th August 2012 | 21.00 | The Assembly Rooms
Buy tickets here – TICKETS

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National Celtic festival

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What a great time we had in Australia at the National Celtic Festival Australia.
Thanks to Una, all the volunteers, the great audiences and our new friends for helping us to have such a brilliant weekend!

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2012/06/12/332491_news.html

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