We had our HIGH SPIRITS album launch on Wednesday 7th October in Stereo, Glasgow. A lot of hard work had gone into organising the launch and so we were delighted to have such a big audience come out for the party.
The night started off with some great songs and guitar from Innes Watson. Our favourite was definitely his version of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams. Mec Lir were next on the bill with a foot stomping set.
We were joined on stage by our band; Paul Mc Clure on bodhrán, Cammy Maxwell on bass and Craig Irving on guitar. We played the whole album from start to finish. Tom Callister (Mec Lir) and Innes Watson joined us on stage for the 5/8s set to recreate the Gráchestra which we had recorded on the album. For the encore we invited everyone back on stage for a few big sets all together. Innes sang a song and then we finished off with a big set of reels.
Then to finish off the night we had a trad disco! It was fantastic to see some many folk up dancing to trad and folk music. More trad discos we say!
Thanks to everyone who made the night a success, to Kevin O’Neill on sound, Somhairle MacDonald who videoed the night (videos to follow in a wee while) and Alistair Cassidy who took some fantastic photos throughout the night. Click on the pictures below to browse through all of them 🙂
We have an expected delivery date for hard copies of HIGH SPIRITS on Tuesday 22nd September. Unfortunately this is slightly after our initial release date but this can’t be helped. All being well we should be able to post out orders on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.
You can still pre-order hard copies of the album until then from our shop. And digital downloads are available from bandcamp.
Here is the shiny poster that we have had made for our Glasgow album launch. We hope you can make it along and join us for the party 🙂
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We are very excited to be having our Glasgow album launch in Stereo Bar on Wednesday 7th October. We will be performing the full album material with some very special guests and have fantastic music and songs from Mec Lir and Innes Watson. There’ll also be a trad disco to finish off the night! Hup!
Doors @ 7.30pm. £10/£8 students.
“A top notch band with world class musicians, Mec Lir truly capture the essence of good craic music, and they are very handsome too” – Tom Callister, Mec Lir
Not one to blow his own trumpet, Manx fiddle player Tom Callister brought together a group of his pals in 2014 to form a new band. Joined by drummer Greg Barry from Scotland and fellow Manx musicians Adam Rhodes on bouzouki and David Kilgallon on keys.
Bringing foot stomping beats to some of your favourite trad tunes, Mec Lir will make you move!
Innes Watson, instrumentalist, singer and composer has been working in the Scottish music scene since graduating from the RCS with a BA in Scottish Music in 2006. He has worked with almost everyone on the scene from Gaelic singers to contemporary composers, from funk bands to ceilidh bands, young musicians to veteran professionals! Across the board Innes has gained experience as a fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, composer and arranger of Scottish and contemporary music at the highest level. Winner of the 2011 Instrumentalist of the Year Award at Na Trads he continues to spread his experience wider and wider. Playing some new songs of his own and some traditional and contemporary songs, you may even hear some brand new poetry in this one-man act.
Come and join us and we’ll have a rare old time! 🙂
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We are delighted to be in the final stages of making our brand new album HIGH SPIRITS. We are sending it off this week to be pressed which we are very excited about. We can’t wait to have it in our hands and to be able to share it with you all.
We will have a release date for you soon and we will keep you up to date with details of our Glasgow album launch and future tours as well.
In the meantime you can hear samples from the album here:
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We’ve finished recording the debut G&T album! Yesterday was our last day in the studio. We were recording our final guest musician – Cammy Maxwell on the double bass. On Sunday we spent the day in the studio recording the 10th and final track, putting down lots of fiddle lines to create an orchestra of Gráinne (the Gráchestra) and also we had Andrew Waite in to record some accordion on one of the tracks.
It is so exciting hearing how it’s all coming together now everything is recorded. We’re looking forward to mixing it in a few weeks time.
Some more fantastic news is that we managed to smash our Kickstarter target! We ended up with a grand total of £1011 which is amazing. After approx £100 of fees for Kickstarter we will still have around £900 which will really help us to fund the album. Thank you so much to everyone who kindly pledged and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount.
We’ve also just seen the results of the photo shoot we had in Kelvingrove Park a few weeks ago. There are some lovely photos so we’ll have a tough job choosing which make the album artwork.
Cheers for now,
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We are four days into recording our debut album in Carrier Waves Studio, Glasgow. We have recorded nine out of the ten tracks which will be on the album. Monday was quite a difficult day as we ran into a lot of unforeseen problems in the studio and only managed to get half a track down! However, things have picked up since then, and we’re very happy to have managed to record all the fiddle, piano, flute and whistle parts for nine tracks.
Today we recorded the first of our guest musicians – Luc McNally on guitar, and tomorrow is bodhrán day – we have Paul Mc Clure coming into the studio for the day. We will also have a bassist, Cammy Maxwell, recording on several tracks at the end of April.
Whilst we’re recording, we are also promoting our Kickstarter campaign which we set up three weeks ago, in order to raise the remainder of the funds we need to make our album. It’s been going really well so far and we’re delighted with the amount of pledges we’ve had. It would be fantastic to raise as much as we possibly can to make our album a success. The Kickstarter fund will only come through if our minimum target is pledged by 26th April 2015 – so there’s still a little bit of time left to get your pledges in. There are lots of exciting rewards on offer for each pledge, large or small, so please do have a look through them. Thanks so much to everyone who has pledged so far, we’re very grateful for your support.
We are very excited to be making our debut album this year. The new CD will be comprised solely of our own compositions, all uniquely arranged for fiddle, piano, whistle and flute and will feature some fantastic guest musicians.
We have been very fortunate to have obtained funding from Creative Scotland which will go towards making the album. We still need your help to raise the remainder of the funds to complete our project to the highest level.
There are lots of exciting rewards for each pledge, large or small. Every pledge comes with an album accredit – you will get your name in the sleeve notes of our CD as we will appreciate every contribution.
Thanks a million,
Gráinne and Tina 🙂
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Back in February we headed over to Dublin to play at the Seamus Ennis Arts and Cultural Centre in Naul. We took Claire Hastings with us as it was a Valentine’s Burns Supper and so we were performing a number of Burns songs as well. Over the course of the evening we performed G&T sets, Top Floor Taivers songs (minus Heather as unfortunately she wasn’t free to join us) and some Burns songs. It was a really lovely night all round.
Then the following week we went down to Bury in England to play a slot at the Big Whistle Festival. We opened the festival on the Thursday evening and we were supporting the Cara Dillon Band who were fantastic.
We had been meaning to add some whistle and flute into our sets for a while and this gave us the perfect opportunity to do so. Here is a video of our arrangement of Tina’s tune ‘Millie’s’ which was filmed live at the Big Whistle Festival.
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