Wildcat Traditional Music Association
Who we are
Wildcat TMA was set up in the late summer of 2001 by four friends. These visionaries had decided that the cost of going 'down the line' to see traditional music was prohibitive. If you added up the cost of travel, accommodation, tickets etc for four people it worked out to be cheaper to ask the artists to come north. From such acorns... Obviously the more like minded individuals you can get together the cheaper you can make it or conversely the 'bigger' acts – whether in number of bodies on stage or reputation wise - you can book.
Where we are
We are based in Thurso, at the moment, with most of our evenings being based in the New Weigh Inn. We are not fixed there and have moved to other venues as the need arises.
What we do
Our reason d'être, is to bring the best and brightest of traditional music from Scotland and further afield to an audience in the Far North. Along with this we also promote the wealth of local talent and give them a platform along side the established/professional acts.
The evening's entertainment is funded by the Wildcat TMA membership. Each member pays ten pounds and month into the association account and this pays for all the costs. Also, as the evenings are open to all comers, our monthly funds are augmented by ticket sales and sales at the door on the night.
Wildcat TMA is a non-profit making organisation and none of the Association members are paid for their work, so all the funds go on financing the evening's entertainment
We are not an elitist organisation and encourage anybody who wishes, to join, but having said that if members of the public just want's to come along for the crack on the night, that's fine too.
It's simple, there's an audience up here and we're geographically far from the hub of the folk music circuit. We want to establish Wildcat (& Caithness) as a centre where our members and audience can get access to traditional music and for traditional artistes to realise that there is an appreciative audience here willing to listen to them.
Wildcat Traditional Music Association
31 Pennyland Drive
News for Wildcat Traditional Music Association
Hi Folks, and a happy new year to everyone! I've managed to keep my resolution...never make any NY resolutions! Just a wee reminder of January's gig. For those of you who have seen Robin Laing before you'll know that this will, as usual be a great night.
WILDCAT TRADITIONAL MUSIC ASSOCIATION MONTHLY NEWSLETTER , Dec 2006. Hi folkies, some dates for your new 2007 diaries.
Hi Folks, just a wee reminder of what's on this month. Beverly Smith & Carl Jones Monday, 18th September, Pentland Hotel, Thurso.
Wildcat TMA presents:- ERIC BOGLE & JOHN MUNRO NEW WEIGH INN MOTEL, THURSO. THURSDAY, 10th AUGUST, 8:00PM Wildcat TMA Members : Free Non-members : £8:00 Senior Citizens : £2:50 To reserve tickets, phone Frank on 892607 or e-mail:- wildcatmusic2[AT]aol.com.
Hi Folks, late again with this, but better late than never. Due to very poor attendances over the last few months, we find ourselves with a cash flow problem! This is the reason we do not have a guest artiste this month.
Wildcat Traditional Music Association are pleased to present Jim Payne and Fergus O'Byrne from Newfoundland, Canada at the Pentland Hotel, Thurso, 8:00pm, Sunday 21st May, 2006. This celebration of Newfoundland culture will take you on a journey through stories, tunes and songs.
Well Folkies, the monthly concert is once more nearly upon us! Jim Hunter & Jim Michie will be appearing at The Pentland Hotel, 17th of March.... Anyone who was there the last time the two Jims visited 2 years ago will tell you what a fine night of entertainment was served up, and I'm sure it'll be more of the same on the 17th.
24th February, LYRA CELTICA. (Now a four piece band) PENTLAND HOTEL, THURSO.
It seems like ages since Tich Frier's visit on the 12th of August, and a grand night of song and laughter it was too! It was satisfying to find the wee man on great form and in good health, following his skirmish with the Big C. But now, for your delectation: "COCKERSDALE" SATURDAY, 24TH SEPTEMBER 8:00 PM PENTLAND HOTEL,THURSO, SUPPORTED BY "CLAPSHOT" This is a night not to be missed, not necessarily because Clapshot are performing outside their usual haunt of the Commercial Bar, Thurso, but because we have one of England's top harmony groups making a rare appearance in Scotland.
Tich Fier - Pentland Hotel, Thurso 8.00pm, 12 August 2005 "Small Guy, Big Voice, Sharp Wit" - Wild These are the words often used to sum up Tich. Tich has been around the folk scene for more than thirty years and I first heard him with one of Scotland's finest groups, "Bitter Withy".
If you contact this Artist, please let them know, you found them in the Arts.Caithness.Org