Winter Tunes Book – ideas please

With the harvest festival of Samhuinn commencing on Halloween, we begin a period of many festivals.  While we may not have songs for them all, carols (festival songs) and other seasonal tunes always feature in our gigs at the end of the year.  We will soon be putting together a small book of our winter repertoire and its time for members to suggest things that we might include. Bear in mind that we want the range of tunes to be familiar and suitable for all gigs. The book will be ready in early November so everyone has a chance to learn the tunes for gigs in December.

The current list is this.

  • We Wish You a Merry Christmas
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Deck the Hall
  • Jingle Bells
  • Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
  • Troika
  • Silent Night
  • White Christmas
  • Good King Wenceslas

Send you your suggestions to Andrew B using the contacts form on the web or speak to him at the hall on a Friday evening.  If you have the dots for your suggestion, please let him have those as well.

Only 70 shopping days to the most expensive consumer extravaganza of the year!

PS. We’ve already got 3 suggestions. Space in the book is filling up fast. (Added 9/10/19)

Everybody Gig Next Weekend!

Just a reminder that we are playing in Crieff at St Michaels church next Saturday at 2pm – this is an Everybody Gig – ALL WELCOME!

Also – next Friday the hall is in use for the Blackford Flower Show, so we are meeting in the church session hall at the other end of the village instead.

Bothy Session (Saturday 17th)

This Saturday (17th August) we are having a “Bothy Session” in the barn at Stuart and Susie’s (Preston Park, Auchterader, PH3 1NP). ALL welcome.

It would be a big help to know numbers for the catering etc and, if it’s possible, please say by Friday night at the latest if you are planning on coming. We’ll play from 7 till about 8.30 then break for stovies and drinks then resume playing after that till late! There will be a vegetarian option too!


Under 18s (Kids!) weekend is nearly here.

Don’t forget that we are heading away for the weekend on 24-25 August.  Details from Susanne or Andrew.

You will need  a packed lunch for the Saturday, towel and fiddle (and other instruments). Bring warm clothes as we will be having and outdoor campfire event in the evening.

Prizes for anyone who leaves their phones at home.

Busy Weekend

A big thanks to all who played at the various gigs over the weekend. We got off to a flying start with the Ceilidh band playing in Crieff on Saturday night, then a great attendance playing at Kincarrathie house in Perth on Sunday afternoon, followed by the monthly session at the Kirkstyle in Dunning.

Everyone gigs really are for EVERYONE, no matter how new you are to playing we would love you to come and join us – and we will always make sure that we play some of the tunes you know!

Red Cross Gig Next Friday – 14th June

Just a reminder that there is no hall session next Friday because we are playing at the Aytoun Hall in Auchterarder to help raise funds for the Red Cross. This is an Everyone Gig so all welcome! We will have two 15minute sets, one in each half. In the first half we will play slower tunes so most people can play, especially for younger folk.  In the second half will have some faster sets and a couple of songs, including Wild Mountain Thyme played in C. I SAID IN C. THAT’S C.

Arrive as soon after 7 as possible please to tune up.

First Half.  Twinkle, Twinle and Old MacD.  /  Fairy Lullaby – Twisted Bridge and Poor Man /  Three Craws / Arran Boat set and finally Far O’re Struay – Blachraggan

Second Half.  Bennachie – Hornpipes set / Wild Mountain Thyme and Ye Banks and Braes / Rest and Be Thankful /  Shetland Reels (Pirrie Hoose set)

We hope to see as many as possible there!  Please encourage your friends and family to come –  only £5 and its all for the Red Cross.

Please aim to be at the hall for 7pm to tune up. And maybe we can practice playing Wild Mountain Thyme in C.

Twinning Ceilidh

A big thank you to all who came to support the community Ceilidh last night celebrating the twinning of Blackford and Trebsen, it was great to have such a good crowd along. Hopefully this will be the start of some musical exchanges with our new German friends. The Friday pub session in the Blackford Inn hosted by Tarneybackle was extremely busy, we were made very welcome and it turned into a great evening.

This evening is the monthly Dunning session at the Kirkstyle Inn from 7:30pm, organised by Simon – all very welcome!

New Gigs Coming Up

There are some new everyone gigs coming up on the calendar, the first is on Saturday 1st June in Dunning 1pm for the Dunning fair. The second is on Friday 14th June in Auchterader. The Auchterarder gig is for the Red Cross, and as it is on a Friday evening we are planning to do the gig that night in place of the normal Friday session. Also, Sandy from the Tarneybackle folk band is organising a session on Friday 24th in the Blackford Inn as part of the village twinning activities, so all are welcome to head over to the inn after finishing usual Friday activities in the hall.