Jeez, it seems a long time since we’ve played what with one thing and another. News is that the holidays are almost over (booh!) but the festival is starting (yay!) and with it, a whole bunch of gigs.
We’re excited to be reunited with our good pals Dropkick in a three band Americana line-up with headliners The Canyon at Opium in the Cowgate on Thursday 14 August. Tickets only a bargain-fiver on the door, 8pm sharp. We’ve been writing and working up some brand new songs for their debut that night.
We’re taking the Sunday Service outside (think Sunday School picnic with beer) on 17 August at 4pm on the Pear Tree stage, and we’ll be continuing the festivities the following Sunday at the Tron Kirk Freestival (get the hat out) on 24 August at 8pm.
And if you’re cool enough to rock a school night, we’re at Whistlebinkies on Wednesday 27 August at 9.30pm to round off the month.
It’s good to be back.
We’re not sending any Valentine cards this year, but we will be playing a heartfelt bunch of country and roots tunes at a new venue this Friday 14th Feb.
The Hermitage Bar in Morningside has been refurbished and has opened its heart to music and listeners alike. We’ll be there as an acoustic trio (no drums: the neighbours’ hearts ain’t that big yet) from 9-11pm. Come along for a lil’ romancing.
Third last day of January. Well done everyone. Quiet month but time enough to produce a brand new song, ‘Walter and Mona’, of the country-story-song tradition. And revisit an old number, ‘Same Thing Over’, played last month on BBC Radio Scotland by Tom Morton. Both of which we’ll be playing live in our February shows.
Sunday 2nd Feb we’re the host band at what’s become an Edinburgh musicians’ institution: the Blind Poet’s Sunday Service (4pm). Bring your guitar and take the stage during the guest spots.
Thursday 20th Feb we’re taking part in an Americana night at the Southside Sessions in Glasgow.
Tuesday 25th Feb we’re at the Leith Folk Club with the lively James Brothers – the Antipodean duo who also pop up playing with the likes of Bellowhead, Beth Nielson Chapman and John McCusker.
And if you’ve not done it yet, treat yourself to our website through Gizoogle’s “tranzizzle”
We had a great run of gigs in November with the fabulous Ali Petrie helping us out on keyboards. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at the Bon Accord, Barony Bar, Voodoo Rooms, and the Gig Room at the Corinna in Perth.
Here’s a wee video from our Perth gig featuring one of our newer songs, ‘She Looks Fine From Here’, captured by Ian MacDonald. Note the sophisticated lighting show – on full, on a bit, total darkness – allowed us to cool down for a second at least but made Iain’s guitar solos tricky!
We’re back in the Reverie post-Christmas, on Friday 27 December, and playing the Leith Folk Club on Tuesday 14 January. More on those shows to come but for now - enjoy December.
Sound November poster
You join us in the Voodoo Rooms for a panoply of great bands and your fiver-on-the-door goes straight to Radio Forth’s charity Cash for Kids.
The line up for autumn’s Sound on Saturday 23 November covers acoustica with Angus Gunn, all things swing from Radio Pachuco, and Americana from our good selves with some brand new songs.
Pretty sound indeed.
It might still be t-shirt weather but we’ve got some cracking gigs lined up for you this Autumn.
First off we’re excited to be part of the Teenage Cancer Trust gig later this month on 31 October at Edinburgh’s The Jam House. We’ll be sharing the stage with Edinburgh luminaries Safehouse, young buds Six Storeys High, and the awesome Kast off Kinks - featuring long-term members of the legendary band The Kinks. Only £10 and all for charity, tickets are available now from Ripping Records, Backbeat Records and The Tri Shop in Edinburgh.
2 November we’re back in Glasgow rockin’ the Bon Accord, then giving it our all at our favourite Edinburgh music boozer, the Barony Bar, on 17 November.
A little bit of charity can go a long way, which is why on 23 November we’re supporting Cash for Kids at those good gentlemen of James Morrow‘s Sound, in the Voodoo Rooms. And on 30 November we’re heading northwards with the Wynntown Marshals for a double dose of Americana at the Corrina in Perth.
More on those gigs to follow, but for now – get your tickets for Halloween and let’s JAM!
Man, it feels like ages since our last gig. July was definitely a month of holidays, including a trip to a rather big hole in the USA for some members of the band. And now August is upon us – the Festival month in our fair city – and we’ve got plenty going on to fill the gap.
We’ve a show next Thursday 15th Aug at ye’ olde Tron Kirk on the Royal Mile, as part of the Free Fringe, 8-9pm. Then journeying westwards to the Bon Accord in Glasgow on Saturday 17th Aug for a rockin’ set and a good pint. Friday 23rd Aug we’ll be a civilised acoustic trio at the south side’s Reverie in Edinburgh, in preparation for a night of Americana decadence on Saturday 24th Aug in Pitlochry’s Old Mill Inn.
Then it’s farewell to the Festival at the Pear Tree’s outdoor stage on Wednesday 28th Aug 4-5pm. Yep, that should about do it.
Thanks to UKCountryRadio.com for inviting us to be their spotlight artist this weekend. They’re playing tracks from Keep It Together throughout the weekend and an interview with Paula should be part of Jerry Scott’s show tomorrow, Sunday 26 May, between 12 noon and 1pm. And there’s also a chance to win a copy of Keep It Together on Simon Large’s show at 2pm. Tune on in!
It’s been a busy few months with some excellent gigs shared with Safehouse, The Bluefields and Dropkick. Thanks to everyone who came out to support us.
Our new ‘acoustic and live’ EP Love Is has also launched. It’s a ‘new, old, borrowed’ affair with two brand new songs, Good News and She Looks Fine (From Here), two oldies, Love Is and Country Crush, revisited here with a more folk-roots sound, plus two favourites from Ron Sexsmith and John Prine, Secret Heart and Angel From Montgomery.
Love Is is available to buy at gigs or to download from iTunes, cdbaby, Amazon.
The ever talented Andrew Taylor, from Dropkick, managed to single-handedly film us at the same time as recording us, and we’ve now got two fabby new videos of us in action in the homey environs of Brendan’s garage.
And finally, we’ve three gigs coming up in May. Saturday 11th at the Bon Accord, Glasgow. And in Edinburgh: Thursday 30th at the Caley Sample Room, and Friday 31st at the Three Monkeys, Portobello.
Hope to see you soon.
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at the Voodoo Rooms last week. We had a blast. And thanks to Marc Marnie, Stuart Stott and Fraser Miller for all your excellent photos up on Facebook.
Some more notable gigs coming up. We’re taking part in the Traverse Sessions at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre next Monday, 18 March, sharing the bill with local acts The Deadly Winters and Lost In Audio. Music kicks off at 8pm and entry is free.
Sunday 7 April sees us opening for American supergroup, The Bluefields, at Stereo in Glasgow. Tickets are £13 from 0141 204 5151 or book online. More on this gig to follow.
And Friday 12 April we’re joining forces with one our favourite Edinburgh bands, Dropkick, for a multi-harmonious night of fun at Sneaky Pete’s in the Cowgate. Action starts at 7pm and tickets are £5 on the door.
Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor engineered and mixed our new live and acoustic ep ‘Love Is’ – check out a couple of tracks. It’s not available to download yet – but what an excellent excuse to come see us and buy one!