2012 starts here!
Quiet start to the year on the PA side, but we were in Friesland recording a duo - Desert Snow - in early January. Recording Tom Clelland and doing a live concert from Pacific Quay for the BBC.
Again, fairly quiet on the PA side, but our Masterclass Series ran with Pete Clark on fiddle, Dave Dick with Blues and Slide Guitar, and Finlay Allison on Ukelele.
In Abington Primary School with Billy Stewart singing to the kids - great fun.
Off to Netherlands again - seem to be there a lot! - on tour with Bring in the Spirit.
Continuing Netherlands tour.
While away, we had our first House Concert with Duck Baker - thanks to Pete and Colin for running the show! Kris recording Other Roads in Teviothead for their live album.
Various other recording projects in the studio - The Runaways, Craig Duggan and continuing recording Tom Clelland's new album.
Working at Rutherglen Town Hall for Them Beatles - great BTW! - and Dean Park.
Our first festival of the season - The Niel Gow Fidle Festival. A really lovely wee festival - great performers, scenery and people. Worth a trip!!
April Glenfarg Folk Feast and studio recordingsMay Schools recording, Girvan Folk Festival. Moniaive Folk Festival,
Working in studio, Bluegrass concert in Moniaive and a choir concert in Edinburgh.
Studio work and concerts with Umoja Gaelica and Duncan McCrone
Getting busier! Studio work and concerts with Niel Gow Fiddle Fest and S Lanarkshire Council
Folk Festivals getting in full swing - Glenfarg, Girvan and studio work. Gigs with Paul McKenna Band and Other Roads .
Moniaive Folk Fest for Kris - I was in the USA. Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and Orkney!!!
Studio recording with Alan Jones trio, gigs, gigs, gigs!
Ceolas Festival in Uist, Rothbury and Lossiemoth Festivals, Lomond Festival. Recording for Celtic Music Radio
Working with Bruce Molsky in Glasgow University for Celtic Connections. Recordng in studio
Recording in studio
Working with Justin Currie and the big band in Biggar. Niel Gow Festival and working with Jimmy Carr in Caird Hall Dundee. Recording in studio and location recording in Ayr.
April Glenfarg Folk Feast Recording in studio
May Girvan, Moniaive and Orkney Festivals. Recording in studio and location for Celtic Music Radio
June On tour with 3rd year RSAMD. Kris working at Mugdock Music Festival, while I was touring USA
July Touring USA, Kris working for Ceolas. Both of us at Lossiemouth and Lomond Festival. Recording for Celtic Music Radio
August Recording in studio Wing & A Prayer and Adam McCulloch
September Linlithgow and Douglasdale Folk Festivals, Moniaive Bluegrass Festival
October German tour, Working in Caird Hall Dundee with Ross Noble, Armstrong & Miller, recording Sean Grey and band.
November Scots Fiddle Festival and Dutch tour, working in Caird Hall with Rhod Gilbert
January. Working with BBC Radio 3 at Celtic Connections. Recording in the studio
February. More recording in studio, also working for Glasgow University
March Recording in studio, location recording in the Heart of Hawick. Working in Caird Hall Dundee for Rob Brydon show.
April On tour in USA
May Girvan, Moniaive and Orkney Festivals. On tour with Chuck & Albert Arsenault - from Prince Edward Island. Recording in studio
June On tour with 2nd and 3rd year Scottish Music students from RSAMD Glasgow. Eric Bogle & John Munro concert, Falkland Folk Festival with Anna Massie Band. Recording in studio.
July Recording in studio with Other Roads, working in Uist for Ceolas. Lossiemouth Folk Festival was it's usual mayhem and great fun!!l
Mixing in the studio.
August Moniaive Guitar Festival, recording in Studio - mixing Other Roads and Tom Clelland, live recording in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall of Simon Fraser University Pipe Band.
September In Friesland - N Holland - recording choir. Working at Chisholme Institute, also doing sound for Eric Bogle's last gig in Britain - hometown gig, in Peebles. Working with Barbara Dickson at Linlithgow Folk Festival - great support from Duncan McRone with Cy Jack and Stevie Lawrence! Working for Lord Dowding Memorial Service in Moffat, with a Spitfire fly past amazing!!!!
October Working with TMSA Young Trad Tour, semi-finals of Young Trad 2010 in Coulter, Moniaive Bluegrass Festival, World Peace Concert in Dumfries - new venue DG One. Mixing Eric Bogle gig, mixing Dutch Choir Rolling Home, PA and recording Ferral Choir. More Young Trad Tour gigs. On tour in Germany with Other Roads.
November Recording New Redwing in studio, on tour in Holland with Other Roads.
December Working with Ed Byrne in Caird hall Dundee
2008.......what we did.......
January. Mixing down various recording jobs from last month. Working with Rock Radio 96.3 from The Garage Glasgow for their first birthday party.. Good fun - nine different rock bands, including Sensational Alex Harvey Band, The Almighty and Gun. Due to be broadcast in Feb
Working for BBC Radio Scotland live broadcasts from Pacific Quay - nine in two weeks! Including Heidi Talbot, Session A9, Luka Bloom, June Tabor, Guy Davies, Cran, Emily Smith, Julie Fowlis, Sensational Mary Barclay Band, Karine Polwart, Duncan McCrone, Fribo and more...........Also working for BBC Radio Aberdeen doing live sound for the Take the Floor live broadcast.
Proving only 1 in 4 actually work at the BBC!!!!!
February Working for RSAMD, Deaf Shepherd at Stirling Folk Club, great gig with Martin Taylor in Monave's Marquee Club, working with BBC Radio Aberdeen for Take the Floor and a bit of mixing in the studio.......
March Finishing some studio projects, working with Figure 5 in Cowdenbeath, the Johnny Cash Story in Rutherglen Town Hall, the John Wright Memorial concert in Holland.
April A fantastic Glenfarg with Malinky, Steve Tilston and more! Recording for Borders Council.
May Moniave Folk Fest with Altan, Moishes Bagel,Bellevue Rendezvous, Paul McKena Band, Omega 3 What a great weekend. Weather was good too. Working with Fairport Convention in Stirling..Mixing Bellvue Rendezvous for their DVD. Orkney folk fest - what a gig with The Chair on Sat night!! Bellevue Rendezvous, and Moishes Bagel in great form too. Fantastic weekend of sold out concerts - Solas, Crooked Still, Anie Grace, Karine Polwart and Corrina Hewitt, Martin Simpson and many more!!! Great atmosphere and music.
June Working with flamenco wizard Juan Martin in Rutherglen Town Hall, recording for Borders Council.Working for RSAMD harp concert. Mick West Band in Adelaides - great gig but not sold out. Shame. They really missed out on a fantastic night.We recorded it for Living Tradition, so you can catch it later. Mixing down recordings for Borders Council, out on tour with RSAMD. On tour with Giveway - fun time! - and Bodega - more fun! More recording for Scottish Border's Region.
July Working with Footstompin's Summer School in Lanark, Kris off to Uist for one gig, meanwhile my gig with Bellevue Rendezvous was cancelled in Wales due to the weather... Recording blues supremo Dave Dick in studio, also Tom Clelland and Robin Laing.
August Summer Schools with Living Tradition. Technology week in our studio. Working with Deaf Shepherd at the Acoustic Music Centre in Edinburgh.Moniaive Guitar Festival with our new rig....... Recording........ and providing our new PA rig for with Blazing Fiddles in Strathdon
September Recording in studio, John Wright Benefit Concert in The Journal Theatre in Newcastle. On tour with TMSA Young Trad across Scotland - new rig sounding great!!!!
Some highlights from our year (2007)
January - Working at Celtic Connections at the Piping Centre.
February RSAMD in East Kilbride, and recovering from Celtic Connections!
March Working at the re-furbished venue in Langholm - the Buccleuch Centre and Niel Gow festival..
April Doing sound at Glasgow Film Theatre for The Island Tapes - live music to restored vintage film from Scotland and St Kilda.. Fascinating stuff!
Glenfarg!!! Various recording bits.
May Girvan,Shetland, Moniaive and Orkney Festivals Working with Frankie Gavin and Dick Gaughan in Edinburgh.
June On tour with 2nd year of RSAMD in Wales and Scotland. On tour of Highlands with Sorley MacLean Trust - excellent show with great singers and musicians. On tour - and recording - Burns & Rivers project - round the Borders and Aberdeenshire.
We did the live sound for final live show from the Concert Hall in the old BBC building in Glasgow, before the move to Pacific Quay.
July Lossie Festival - busy as usual, lots of recording, Lomond Festival - great gig from Malinky,
August .Working with the BBC doing a live broadcast from Belladrum festival. (Vic Galloway and the Radio Cafe). Working for Common Ground Scotland and the Summer Schools at Glaisnock with Living Tradition.
One of the Common Ground festivals. Ian - playing at being Igor again, myself and Graham at the Scottish National Folk Fest at Auchencruive. Walt Michael et al onstage!
September Various recording projects in the studio. On tour with TMSA Young Trad musicians, and recording them for new CD. I left for tour in Germany with John Wright - Kris finishing TMSA tour.......Kris busy doing semi-finals of Young Trad and Biggar Little Festival with Old Blind Dogs.
October Finishing German tour......Kris finishing recording of TMSA .Working at RSAMD Feish and recording final night for the BBC.
November Dutch tour went well - sellout concerts.
Kris busy mixing down TMSA tour and some more recording projects for DGAA and North Lanarkshire Council.
December Back from Holland, various PA Hires and recording, working with BBC for Hogmanay Radio Scotland show from the new building at Pacific Quay.