Professional Musicians News
The Musical Map of Caithness produced by local musician Gordon Gunn and friends in 2015 has proved a huge hit with local sand visitors. Gordon said, We had a terrific response last summer and now we are restocked and gearing up for summer tourists so folk are are using it as their musical tour guide and from hotel responses some are staying the extra night due to the visitor attractions on the album and wanting to go and visit.
Highland Rock Band, ESTRELLA are set to play an acoustic gig on the WORLD'S shortest street on Friday 22 June. The Guinness Book of World Records declared Wick's Ebenezer Place (in the far North of Scotland) as the world's shortest street in 2006 and the band will play a 15 minute set outside its only address, No 1 Bistro, Mackay's Hotel but at 6ft 9 inches in length there is no room for another building in this street! Murray Lamont of Mackay's Hotel said "We are delighted that Estrella has chosen to play a gig outside one of the county's most historical landmarks.
Fiddle tuition is now available worldwide via Skype with Session A9 fiddler Gordon Gunn. Gordon is a much in demand fiddle tutor having taught all over the UK, USA & Canada and is currently one of the tutors on the NC course at the National Centre Of Excellence In Traditional Music in Plockton.
Highland rock band, ESTRELLA, is destined to make big waves in the coming months with the release of their debut album - "Come Out To Play" - on 21 May 2012. An exciting time for these full time musicians, who are set to play a handful of Scottish dates, before heading out on a full UK tour in May/June.
After a fantastic and eclectic semi final in Dundee's best live venue Fat Sams on August 24th - with performances from Black Velveteens, Liquid Blue, Callel, Peski Kings, Whale Engineering, a special set from The Electrolites and Barry Greig's recitals of his self-penned poetry - this year's Best Band Competition finalists were announced. Local Caithness band Liquid Blue has made it into the final of The Ultimate Chill Best Band Competition 2007.
Quayside formed during the summer of 2005. Margaret MacDonald, who has sung locally for a number of years, and Bob Turner, who plays guitar, teamed up to provide support to a charity concert in the Wick Youth Club.
Clapshot's next public appearance will be on Friday evening, 26th May at the Park Hotel, Thurso. This will be an informal evening of various types of music in the bar, and anyone wishing to come and join in to make this a session is welcome.
Estrella have just launched their latest EP. It's a 5 track CD including original songs , "She's Got It", "Woman's Touch", "Going For Glory", "Wet n' Wild" and "Ride Away".
The Howlin Gaels new CD has been written and compiled with all the usual love for their music that has made them one of the top blues/rock bands in Scotland. With an incredible playing experience behind them with the ability to play almost anything they have over the years wowed audiences wherever they went.
It is the way of musical talent across the globe that most people who are successful need to move on to find success. The guys in Estrella whose roots are deep in Caithness have moved with success pulling them away.
On Sunday the 9th of April 2006, Skinandi's in Thurso will be host to six of the best bands in Caithness. New music promotions company, Rot'nRoll are staging a Benefit Concert to aid the quality of life for a quality family living with cancer.
After spending several years living and working in Cornwall Graham and his family moved to Scarfskerry Caithness to start their own smalholding. They keep a variety of animals on the croft including a small group of water buffalo that seeem to be right at home in the north - maye something to do with our wet climate.
The North Coast Jazz Band are doing a great job trying to establish a monthly gig in Thurso with potential for a jam, but they need more support. They play at the Redwood, last Saturday in the month for fun, not cash and they will encourage any kind of participation.
Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has announced 'Pulse' - a talent trawl for emerging bands and soloists throughout the Highlands, in association with Mad Hatters at Hootannany's and HUBL, the web site for Highland musicians. A series of selection events will be around the Highlands - Inverness, Dingwall, Nairn, Alness, Thurso, Skye and Oban, culminating in a final selection in Mad Hatter's, Inverness in July.
Caithness Cultural Trust are showing that they are willing to tackle a range of arts and music ventures in the course of their development. The latest is E Rock Concert featuring some of the well known local bands.
Karen Steven a Caithness violinist has brought out her next CD with more local connections. Karen says "Two years ago I was asked to represent Caithness and was commissioned by the Highland Festival to compose some music to be performed at their millennium concert in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
Caithness Drugs and Alcohol Forum are delighted with the positive response to their recent 'ARD ROCK event. (5th December in Wick High School hall).