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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.