…and a very happy New Year – and Easter!

choc-guitarWith snowmageddon firmly last week’s news, and just the usual Easter snow now to look forward to, we’ve a couple of long-awaited gigs (us: definitely; you: hopefully) emerging through the winter thaw…

We’ll be making our 2018 debut in our favourite Barony Bar on Sunday 25th March, 6-8pm, and then alt.countryfying the hell outta our Easter eggs at the lovely Stramash on Sunday 1st April, from 9.30pm.

Sunday is obviously where it’s at – we hope you’ll be there too!

Christmas Shenanigans 2017

Awesome-Guitar-Ornaments-e1476095983300There is light at the end of the festive tunnel – although it might just be a fairy light twinkling off of Iain’s telecaster…

Come on out and join us for (what’s becoming as annual an event as the big day itself…) our Christmas gig at the Village where we’ll fill up your stockings with songs and solos galore. And as much as any good country boy or girl could dream of!

Doors – 7.30pm, music – 8.15pm, entry – by kind donation, if you wish.

The real McKays…

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It’s been a festival whirl of late, with our rainy and sunny and rockin’ spot at Southern Fried Americana festival in Perth. Then last weekend we had an equally rainy but much more sunny set at the Edinburgh Foodies Festival. And rather more ‘sampling’ than intended…

And now we’re looking forward to our trip up the A9 to bonnie Pitlochry at the end of this month.

We’re playing the Saturday Sessions on 26th August, hosted by March into Pitlochry at McKays hotel. Music kicks off at 9pm and just a fiver on the door. See you there if you’re in the area.

Oor summer programme

imagesIt’s not only the weather that’s been heating up; we’ve got a sunhat-ful of summer gigs lined up for you:

Biblos, Chambers St, Edinburgh – Friday 22nd July, 9pm

Southern Fried Festival, Outside Stage, Perth Concert Hall – Saturday 29th July, 3pm.

Sunday Service, The Village, Edinburgh – Sunday 30th July, 4pm.

Foodies Festival, Inverleith Park, Edinburgh – Saturday 5th August, 3pm, and Sunday 6th August, 4.40pm.

March into Pitlochry, Saturday Sessions, McKays Hotel, Pitlochry – Saturday 26th August, 9pm.

Hope to see you looking hot somewhere!

Southern Fried Outdoor Stage 29th July 3pm

19701996_1490522867636922_9188440241676398920_nWe’re very excited to be taking part in this year’s Southern Fried all-things-Americana-fest in sunny Perth.

We’ll be playing the free Outdoor Stage at 3pm on Saturday 29th July.

And we’re sharing a poster with Nick Lowe!

See youse down the front.


Americana Backroom Sessions

19224866_434846763555493_5720262947744254877_nLooking forward to making our debut at the Leith Depot next Sunday, 25th June, playing as part of the Americana Backroom Sessions.

We’re sharing the stage with fellow Americaners, Under The Dogwood Tree, who’ve also been working hard to get a lot of great bands playing this cool venue.

We’ll be treating you to a set of our own tunes, some new and some old.

Doors 5pm, Dogwood Tree 5.30pm, The Sunshine Delay 7pm. Free gig, so see youse down the front!

Biblos, Friday 14th April

6727d9a2fadcb9784d171c4fb0fef9d4We had a great night there last month, and we’re very happy to be playing Bilbos on Chambers Street again this Friday 14th April, 9pm.

The very talented Mike Foy (Dropkick, Basher, Spangles) will be sitting in for Brendan on drums.

Our favourite pub gig – and yours

UnknownYes, we’re back playing the Barony Bar on Sunday 26th February, 6-8pm.

New tunes, old tunes, top times.

We’ll see you there!



A new year gig

FullSizeRenderPostponed from Christmas due to illness, we will now be playing Thursday 2nd February at The Village, South Fort Street, Edinburgh, 7.30pm.

Definitely postponed but also now post-pay day – and any January-not-drinking crazy shenanigans folks may indulge in.

And we’ve new songs to share – yes, that Christmas number will get debuted, plus some more new album tracks in the making – and Paula’s new guitar.

Come join us, in the almost new year!

Thanks for the review!

The-Sunshine-Delay-2-1Posted this cracking review by Alena Yakushova on Facebook, where she writes up our 17/11/16 gig at the Voodoo Rooms, opening for Carrie Rodriguez, but forgot to share it with you all here! So here it is and thank you Alena – glad we hit the spot!


Live Review: Carrie Rodriguez, Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh 17.11.16

The Ballroom at The Voodoo Rooms is an intriguing venue. Black curtains all around with fairy lights like twinkling stars, palace style decorations on the ceiling and a huge mirror ball in the middle. Beautiful and charming – and that would prove to be the feeling of the whole night!

Starting with The Sunshine Delay, the wonderful foursome based in Edinburgh, well known for their quality Americana.

They play a number of songs, old and new, original and covers (including Tom T. Halls’ ‘That’s How I Got to Memphis’). ‘Sex, Drugs, Rock’n’Roll’ from their debut 2004 album ‘Outrageous Expectations’ is a thoughtful reflection on one’s youth. ‘Love Is’, a song ‘written in the deep snow of Chicago’, released in 2011 as part of ‘Keep it Together’ album, comes off as a beautiful country song with a relatable chorus of “Love is the last thing on my mind”.  The last song played, fittingly named ‘Leaving Song’, is a callback to old school country which the crowd seemed to appreciate.

The-Sunshine-Delay-1The energy of the band is what I would call ‘a grown-up enthusiasm’ and I think that works well with the country genre. There is no doubt about their level of expertise. In a number of impressive solos, Iain Barbour demonstrates his guitar skills, while David McKee holds up the fort for the bass part. Paula McKee’s vocals are mature and indisputably lovely, fitting perfectly with the band’s image. Brendan O’Brien on the drums keeps the train of country awesomeness moving with his infectious enthusiasm, though within reason.

They have definitely warmed everyone up – I can’t stop stamping my foot and visualising saloon dancing. It seems that it isn’t gloomy Edinburgh outside, but blue sky and orange mountains of somewhere in America. I think that means that this country band has done their job extremely well.