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The latest shenanigans…

Well, we have been having a magic old time over the last few months.

Here’s a wee picture of us playing at Eden Festival:

  taken by our lovely friend Kathryn from Canna.

 

And here’s a very silly video of us going to play at the Howlin Fling Festival on Eigg:

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We also played at the Fringe, which was the hottest gig ever, and at Edinburgh’s finest house concert, which you can see a wee snippet of on the Home page, and had a fantastic night in Tayvallich, although Joe and Sarah got into a wee bit of bother on the way home….

The latest excitement for the band was our massive gig at Fèis na Mara, where we were joined by Mairearad Green, Rick Taylor, Michael Owers and Tim Lane, with additional impromptu guest spots from DJ Dolphin Boy on tambourine and Joey Sanderson on musical saw. There will be film footage of that shortly, meanwhile here’s a few photies:

Next up we’re off to Denmark to take part in the 25th anniversary celebrations of Halkaer Kro Festival, then our first time at the Oban Winter Festival, which includes a Haggis Fest, a Whisky Fest (of course), a shortbread competition and a reindeer parade!!! Fantastic 🙂

A brilliant first run of gigs!

What an excellent time we had on our first little tourette out with all our brand new music. The very first gig was sold out, and the energy in the room was amazing! It was so exciting to be showcasing a whole hour and a half of music that we’d never played in front of anyone before, and we all loved every minute of it. Here’s a quote from the promoter, the lovely Gordon MacLean from An Tobar on Mull,: ‘I know it’s only May, so probably a bit early to call, but I would say that was gig of the year!’ We were chuffed to bits with that one.

The following night in Oban we’d taken a bit of a gamble with a bigger venue in a town that’s not renowned for getting bums on seats but we did it! Only 6 tickets off a complete sell-out and the crowd were fantastic again. Off we went the next day to the tiny island of Muck…. Population: 34, tickets sold: 50! That was definitely the best night for the dancing in the aisles. We finished the week with two of our favourite places in the world – Knoydart and Eigg. By that time we were all just ecstatic and the whole thing seemed like an amazing crazy dream. Luckily there’s a little video on youtube you can find if you search up Poozies and Knoydart. So it definitely did happen.

Coming up next – Eden Festival! Ya beauty! Hope to see some of you there ….

Tia’s News

So January, like many folkies, was quite a busy month! I had a great time playing for ‘Top Floor Taivers’ at their CD launch in St Andrews in the Square as part of Celtic Connections. There were so many people supporting the night and indeed their new album  ‘A Delicate Game.’  Well worth a listen! I want to say thank you to the band for having me along to play and to everyone who attended the night.

 

At the moment I’m attending an outdoor course so it was back home to build a log store out of Sycamore using an axe, saw, mallet and some twine. It’s rough and at the moment unfinished but thanks to a temporary piece of tarp, we had fire in amongst the heaviest rain we have endured on the course so far. I am learning the basics about maintaining our precious woodlands and how to live with them as part of the John Muir Award. I absolutely love it! A big thank you to ACT for organising the programme and to the Oban Mental Health Team for this hugely beneficial opportunity.

 

While Celtic Connections was coming to the end, I was on my way to play in Michelle Burke’s ’Step into my Parlour.’ This is quite a show with family collections of housekeeping tips, not to mention Michelle and James’s living room coming along for a road trip too! In a car containing Michelle Burke, James Ross, Rick Taylor and a bird cage, how could I not have fun? We had two gigs, starting in Derry and finishing in Manorhamilton. The audiences were great and embraced the parlour and of course Michelle’s pin dropping performances of these songs with my personal favourites being ‘Dan O Hara’ and ‘Gypsies.’ Thanks Michelle, it’s a joy to play in your parlour as well as hilarious craic!

 

 

 

Things are shaping up…

There’s a few gigs and festivals coming in now, which is making us all very happy. We can’t wait to get out there and play! We’ll be adding them to the gig page as they get confirmed/announced by the venues and festivals. If you’d like to book us please just get in touch.

All systems go!!

Well we’ve been very eager to share with everybody the news of our lovely new band members and now, thankfully, the time has come! There are still a substantial amount of miles between the four of us and so getting together hasn’t been all that easy, but we had a first meet up at the end of April last year and straight away we knew we were going to really enjoy making a din together. And of course, making dinner, which is equally as important. Although not quite as important as eating dinner, we definitely all enjoy that.

We thought it would be a good idea to make a couple of videos so people could hear what we were doing and see us doing it so we went to Chez Paddy and Libby Shaw of Loch Awe where we had some amazing food cooked for us by Shuna and Beady, and got some valuable help in the camera department from Breagha. It was very much a ‘learn-as-you-go’ experience, but with two new savvy young band members that wasn’t a problem! (Mary and I look on in admiration.) We also had a photo shoot with some tiny instruments, a camera on a timer and no photographer, which was brilliant fun!

We’ve got a few gigs lined up which we’ll announce soon, we’re very much looking forward to getting out on the road, and hope to see you all there. 🙂

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