Small Islands Tour, JULY-AUGUST 2019
Combining tunes, dancing and Scottish adventures, what a delightful way to spend the summer. We were lucky to spring straight from Catstrand’s home-ground audience to the ferry at Mallaig where the trusty Calmac crew took us to the Isle of Rum, aka Midgie-heaven. The locals (some 22 no.) were some of the most welcoming people we’ve met. Not only did they put us up and provide delicious food, but also lent us bikes and a canoe to go paddling in Kinloch.
From Rum, we headed to Arnamurchan’s mysterious glens to play a concert in the beautiful Resipole Studios. Surrounded by stunning oil paintings, the crowd of locals and tourists was brought right into our woven sound of fiddle, pipes, whistles and guitar.
To finish off the trip, we were excited to head back on Calmac’s “Lord of the Isles” mini ferry to the Isle of Muck, where a gorgeous community hall full of kids, holiday-makers and toursists were super keen for a Muckle Ceilidh! We enjoyed playing a mix of concert sets and laying down a foot-stomping ceilidh for the islanders. To top it off, we were treated to Muck’s finest cuisine and sleeping arrangements at David’s expertly-run Port-Mhor Guesthouse.
We can hardly wait for next year’s trip!
Muckle Spree in Concert at Catstrand
Michael and Ollie showcased their sound and stage craft at the stellar venue CatStrand, located in the hills of New Galloway, South West Scotland. Joined by special guests, Rachel Muir (step-dancing) and Ewan Baird (bodhran + vocals), this summer concert was a whirlwind of tunes and laughs. Thank you to all our “doonhamer” pals who came along"! :)
We had a blast playing on the Knochengorroch main stage on sunny Friday afternoon! Great to see so much dancing and to be joined by our pals from Samson sounds for the finishing sets! Lovely chilled out set in the Long House on Sunday too… What a fest!
Moniaive Folk festival!
It was an absolute joy to be at our local festival in Moniaive! The folkies were all on fine form, as always, and we had a great set in the Coach House. Thanks to all who came and packed it out!
Girvan Folk Festival!
Great to share the bill with Bob Fox, Sandra Kerr and Dave Goulder for the Sunday night concert at Girvan! We were in awe of the performances of these folk legends!
Managed to squeeze in one or two sessions and some top quality fish and chips, so overall a grand weekend!