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.

Our gig with Carrie Rodriguez – Thursday 17th November!

14731252_1095055157216036_4950264892380441158_nIt’s happening! Come and join us Thursday 17th November at in the Voodoo Rooms as we open the show for the talented, entertaining and gorgeous Texan songstress, Carrie Rodriguez. And we’ll be playing songs new and old on instruments old and new, in one of favourite venues, The Ballroom, upstairs at the Voodoo Rooms. Doors – 7.30pm.

The Sunshine Delay play – 8pm / Carrie Rodriguez – 9pm

Tickets only £12 on the door. See youse down the front!

Carrie Rodriguez – a show not to be missed!

14731252_1095055157216036_4950264892380441158_nWe’re starting to get excited about opening for the delectable Carrie Rodriguez on Thursday 17th November at the Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh.

The daughter of accomplished songwriter David Rodriguez, Carrie came to everyone’s attention a decade ago, performing with singer-songwriter Chip Taylor.

She has established an impressive roster of touring, recording, and co-writing affiliations—with Lucinda Williams, Rickie Lee Jones, John Prine, Mary Gauthier, Alejandro Escovedo, guitarist Bill Frisell, and others. Carrie is returning to the UK for her first tour since the birth of her baby Cruz, armed with her new album ‘Lola’.

Lola is “the perfect bicultural album…It’s the album she was born to do, what with her mother’s west Texas roots and her father’s Mexican American background, but she arrived at this point by collecting her own identity along the way: first classical violin, then Americana fiddle and country vocal duets with Chip Taylor. The beauty of this album is in the details.”—Felix Contreras, NPR Music

Tickets are only £12 – for a show not to be missed! – and are available now from Tickets Scotland.

Just like buses…

‘Nowt happens and then two come along at once. Gigs, that is.

We’re playing a couple of sets at a new venue for us, Biblos, on Chambers Street, on Friday 29 July, 9pm start. Full band, full rock out, full pints, and a full venue, if y’all come along.

casehardinThe following Wednesday, 3 August at 7.30pm, we’re excited to be opening for Case Hardin at The Village on South Fort Street. Signed to the UK’s leading independent Americana label, Clubhouse Records, Case Hardin are touring their new album, Colours Simple.

‘Colours Simple is an album-lovers album, where characters tumble into each other for better or (mostly) worse, stories and ideas spilling out into the night like drunks from a bar’ – Andy Fyfe Q/Mojo

‘Incredible… Case Hardin rock harder than most’ – Maverick Festival 2015

We’re really looking forward to kicking off what promises to be an excellent night, with an opening set of original tunes, new and old.

It’s bound to be summer by then, so come on out and join us. There’s plenty of buses to get you there…

We’re opening for Carrie Rodriguez

carrie_rodWe’re very excited to be opening for the marvellous Carrie Rodriguez at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh on Thursday 17 November 2016.

An Austin, Texas, native, Carrie has toured, recorded and co-written songs with legendary artists such as Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Bill Frisell, Rickie Lee Jones, Mary Gauthier, Los Lobos, Alejandro Escovedo and Los Lonely Boys, among others.

She’s an amazing performer: demon fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and she ain’t half bad to look at either. Have a look and listen for yourself.

Tickets are available now from Tickets Scotland.

March into Pitlochry Festival 2016

march_into_highlanderAnother gig to announce – and only a mere 2.5 months since our most-enjoyable Christmas comeback gig (!) – The Times They Are A-Changing, indeed.

We’ve been invited to play this year’s March into Pitlochry Festival that brings “indie and Americana bands from across the UK to the heartland of Scotland.”

Playing alongside Kevin McDermott, The Holy Ghosts, our esteemed pals The Wynntown Marshals and The New Madrids, we’ll be on at Fishers Hotel on Saturday 12th March at 10pm.

See you down the front!


Oh my, it’s been a while…

dusty_guitar_by_sethpdaWhaaaaat, only 15 months since our last Sunshine Delay gig? Oh my, indeed.

T’was the night after the Scottish Referendum vote and I’m not sure now which event has been buried deeper in the dusts of time…

Now 14 months into new parenthood for Paula and Dave, it’s time for the full band to shake off the set lists and get some old, new and in-between songs out into the light and warmth of a good venue.

Join us at 8.30pm on Tuesday 29th December at The Village in South Fort Street, Leith, and together we can rock 2015′s gig-hiatus right out the door!

Mibbe Aye, mibbe No

UnknownSo. It could be the first gig of an independent Scotland or it could just be another Friday night… Whatever happens please get your voting feet back out on the street for our gig on Friday 19 September with the fabulous Coldsville.

Two Edinburgh-sprung bands will take the stage at Sneaky Pete’s to bring you a night of rockin’ Americana. Coldsville will kick off at 8pm, The Sunshine Delay at 9pm – with a brimming set of new songs – and all for a fiver (we’ll still take pounds) on the door.

Come and celebrate whatever will have just – or just not – happened. Music to excite or soothe your (whichever) country soul.