Like most musicians and performers, we are cancelling all our gigs for the foreseeable future. We have several in the diary later in the year, so hopefully the situation will be back to normal by then.
In the meantime, we’re thinking about doing some recording and working on some new tunes.
Please continue to support the professional musicians you love to listen to – their income will drop drastically, just as the festival season was about to start.
Keep well, do the right thing and see you all soon!
31 December: Tonight we hold the band’s annual award ceremony, the Golden Beast Awards, named after the two golden retrievers and the ginger cat who follow us around. As we contemplate the high and low lights of 2019, who better to share them with but our small but perfectly-formed fan base?
We were pretty pleased with the Acid Croft rave we created at
York’s Mindfest on Parliament Street in September.
Who could forget the many, frankly scary, gigs at the Irish
bar in Scarborough, best summed up by Angie when she exclaimed, mid-gig, ‘…what
do you have to do to get thrown out of this pub?’
Best audience has to go to The East Riding Theatre in
Beverley – thanks to Phil Simpson for putting us on. Most persevering audience
goes to the regulars who come and see us in Scarborough. They sit very still
while the stag and hen do’s kick off around them and we take shelter with them
in the break.
Most mud goes to Greenside Festival in the Dales (to be fair, it wasn’t a very muddy year).
Toughest journey was probably driving two hours through the
fog to a gig at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales.
We clocked up a few more festivals this year (Can you hear us Shrewsbury… Cambridge? We’re up here, waiting to hear from you…).
We sold the final few copies of our CD ‘Six’ and together
with the streaming fees we can treat ourselves to a packet of crisps with the
This year has also stood out for the number of new tunes and
songs we’ve introduced to the set (someone in the band clearly has time on his
hands…) and we’ve got quite a few new ones already in rehearsal for next year.
Thanks to everyone who came to see us, and to the promoters
and pub managers who booked us in 2019. Thanks as always to Graham, landlord at
The Snickleway – the best pub in York, and thanks also to Bob Mitchell for all
the fantastic photos he takes of the band!
We have nearly 30 gigs in the diary for 2020, from the
Scottish Highlands in the North to the Lake District in the West and Wiltshire
in the South, plus our regular gigs in York and on the East Coast. Happy New
Year – see you there!
The High Energy, Alternative Celtic – Gypsy Band based in York, UK.
Playing all acoustic, traditional instruments in venues from pubs to major festivals, extensively reworking tunes and songs from the Irish, Scottish and Eastern European traditions.