Supporting Skerryvore

Just when I think that 2013 is all wrapped up, an excellent opportunity pops up.  I’m delighted to be supporting fantastic folk-rock band Skerryvore at Stirling’s brilliant venue The Tolbooth, this Saturday (21st December).  I supported them a few years ago in Glasgow, and it’s gonna be great supporting them again!

The gig is sold out, which is quite ironic as I was on the waiting list for tickets!  So, any of you that already have tickets, I look forward to seeing you at the gig.  Gonna be a BELTER!

Oban Gig Cancelled

Hi folks,

Unfortunately, Owen Brown has cancelled his gig at Cuan Mor, Oban next Friday. As I was meant to be supporting him, this means I can’t bring my music to Oban on this occasion.

If you bought a ticket for this gig, please visit Owen’s website and get in touch with him for a refund.

I am truly sorry about this, but unfortunately it is outwith my control.

Two Glasgow Gigs!

Well hello there!  It’s been a while, which I apologise for.  there hasn’t been much happening with me lately, I’ve been focusing my efforts on learning new songs, writing new songs, doing “back office” stuff etc.  However!  I am pleased to announce I have two gigs coming up in Glasgow within the next week.

The first of these is on Sunday 28th July when I will be performing at an acoustic night at Glasgow’s Pivo Pivo.  I played there before a few years back so will be nice to be back.  I’ve not been informed on who the other acts are yet, but I’m sure it will be a great night.  The gig starts at 7:30pm and entry is £5 on the door.

The next one is a performance at the launch night of somewhereto_re:store, which is a wonderful project focused on bringing the arts to disused spaces.  It has already been a success in other parts of the UK, so I am looking forward to help launch this in Glasgow.  This will take place at DNA, 12-16 South Frederick St and begins at 6pm.  This gig is free entry and there will also be free drinks on arrival, possibly some nibbles too!

At both of these gigs I will be performing some of my brand new songs, as well as some new trad and cover songs I have been learning recently.  Looking forward to gigging in Glasgow again and I hope to see you there!

In other news, proud to say that a great fan and friend of mine, Michael Gille, was flaunting his “Travels” executive producer t-shirt with pride at the Hebridean Celtic Festival last week…Michael, thank you for showing your support!

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The Barrels Ale House Review

Following my gig at the Barrels Ale House last weekend, I have came across a wonderful review from Janet Datchens who was at the gig.  Thank you so much, Janet, for your kind words!

Time to reawaken this topic with a review of Andrew’s gig at The Barrels Ale House in Berwick-on-Tweed last Sunday evening.

As some of you may know, we spent a week in Northumberland recently (arrived home Tuesday night) “Teenager sitting” for Fiona Elcoat (aka ‘The Flying Pixie’) while she was away in Scotland. When we arrived she told us she’d booked Andrew for St Patrick’s night at The Barrels and we would be going along with her. Well, we didn’t really know what to expect, but it turned out that Andrew was the only act booked for the evening and so he did a full set, with a break half-way through, starting just after 6:30 pm.

The pub was busy with a lot of coming and going and the inevitable noisy chatter but Andrew did really well and was applauded at the end of every song (applause encouraged by the enthusiastic clapping of the trio of Fiona, John and me) and some joined in with the songs they knew. Part-way through the first half, when I was returning to our table after taking some photos, a chap sitting in an old dentist’s chair at the bar (don’t ask!) called me over to ask if we were related and when I said no, we were just friends, he went on to ask me to be sure and tell Andrew how much his singing was appreciated by those in the bar – this he repeated to Andrew himself at half-time when he joined us for a drink!

There was a great mix of songs, from Andrew’s own compositions through some well-known Scottish and Irish songs (well, it was St Patrick’s day!) to Runrig (two songs) and two Stan Rogers songs sung with no guitar accompaniment whatsoever. Apparently it happens all the time when a singer performs like this, but I was completely amazed and surprised by how, in both songs, the chatter faded to a mere background hum. With one such song in each half the audience was, in part at least, different, so it was quite a spontaneous reaction.

The whole set was acoustic with just Andrew and his guitar… apart from some possibly over-enthusiastic “table-drumming” input from us three during the more up-beat songs in the second part! I suspect Andrew will be invited back to play The Barrels again but without the percussion section!

We all really enjoyed the evening and I was very impressed with Andrew’s professionalism and the sheer courage it must take to sit down in a corner of a crowded pub and start to play and sing, to make people listen.

We were very fortunate to be (for a change!) in the right place at the right time and so get to hear Andrew perform properly and he’s bloomin’ good!!

Travels To Berwick

Well, I’m back from a great wee trip down to the lovely Berwick Upon Tweed where I was playing at the Barrels Ale House for St Patrick’s Night.  What a great trip!

I got into Berwick at around 12:30 and after getting myself checked into the hostel where I was staying, I decided to take the time to have a walk around town walls.  It didn’t take too long to walk around the walls, but it was interesting seeing all the old battlements and defences of the town (even if they were made to keep Scots like myself out!).  I love being by the sea and so I took a walk out along the pier to lighthouse.  The tide was starting to come in and it was very windy and freezing cold, but it was still worth it.

As I walked back from the lighthouse I noticed something in the water.  At first I thought that it was bunch of seaweed or something, but as it drifted closer…it was a seal!  Despite the wind and the cold, I had to hand around and watch it for a while.  It really is true what I say in The Selkies’ Song “everywhere I go I hear the selkies singing”.  As I walked back towards the town, it followed me for a while before getting bored with me and getting back to its fishing.

Selkie Berwick

I got back to the hostel and decided to have a wee cup of tea to heat me up.  I then went out to a local pub to have dinner before the night began.  After my meal I walked back to the hostel via the river.  It was raining a bit, but off to the south-west the sun was starting to go down so I took the opportunity to take a few photos.  While I was doing so, I heard a snorting noise out in the water…it was a selkie again!  So that was me transfixed for another wee while, watching it go about its business.2013-03-17 17.51.32

It was time to head to The Barrels Ale House so I went back to my room to get ready.  When I got to the pub they had kept a section clear for me.  The pub was small, busy and full of life and character…my kind of place!  I got myself set up and had a chat with a couple of the locals that were sitting nearby.  Armed with Guinness hats, they were well up for a great night of music, fun and laughter.  I started my set with Great Big Sea’s “Goin’ Up” which I always think is the perfect song to start a party.  People were enjoying it and clapping and even singing along once they caught on to the chorus.  I continued to play through the first hour of my set playing a mixture of traditional songs, folk covers and my own songs and everyone appeared to be having a great time.

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After the first half, I had a drink with friends Fiona, John and Janet who had been enjoying my music.  It was great to catch up and have a blether about music and stuff.  A few of the locals approached me and told me they were really enjoying my music, which is always nice to hear.  As soon as I know people are enjoying themselves, I tend to relax a lot more and get more into it.

I began the second half with The Galway Shawl, which appears on my album Travels. People were singing along and the St Patrick’s party was getting into full swing.  I saved the lively more well-known songs til last and had everyone singing along to The Wild Rover.  I ended with The Rattlin Bog, which seemed a big hit with everyone in the pub.  They asked me for more, so I sang In The Reek Of The Smouldering Peat to end my set.  They asked or yet more but I had to end as my voice was starting to go a bit (and I was running out of songs!)

When I finished I enjoyed a few well-earned drinks while chatting with the locals and my friends.  Fiona Elcoat presents a show “Big Boots And Celtic Roots” on Lionheart Radio and happened to have her portable recorder with her so she interviewed me for her show.  You will be able to hear the interview on this weeks show on Saturday 23rd March from 7-10pm.

All in all, it was a thoroughly enjoyable night in a wonderful little pub full of friendly people.  Can’t really ask for much more than that can you?  Here’s hoping they enjoyed having me as much as I enjoyed being there!

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Live On St Patrick’s Day At The Barrels Alehouse

I love these moments when a gig pops up out of the blue!  I’m delighted to announce that I will be playing at the wonderful Barrels Alehouse in Berwick-upon-Tweed on St Patrick’s night, 17th March!  This pub is well renowned as one of the best in Berwick and a very popular real ale pub (never a bad thing!).

I will be playing a full set of my own songs, Irish songs, English songs, Scottish songs…even some Canadian songs!  So come along to the Barrels Alehouse on Sunday 17th March for an evening of unplugged live music.  The gig starts at 6:30pm and should go on til around 9pm-ish.  Time for a right good kneees up…so raise up your glass…

Cuan Mor, Oban, 15th Nov 2013

I am delighted to be able to announce that I will be supporting Owen(UK) at Cuan Mor, Oban on Friday 15th November as part of their “Ghosts Of The West Coast Road” tour.  The last time I played in Oban was when I supported COAST back in 2010, so I am chuffed to bits to be making a wee trip back to the gateway to the islands.

Owen(UK) is a Scottish singer/songwriter whose music touches the boundaries of acoustic, folk and rock with strong hints of celtic identity.  I’m very intrigued by a notice on the event’s Facebook page…”HEALTH & SAFETY ADVICE: We are required to issue an important Health & Safety announcement to look after the health and well-being of epileptic and light sensitive sufferers. This production will contain both flashing and moving lights.”  Sounds like it’s gonna be a show not to be missed!

Tickets will be available at www.owenofficial.co.uk from 4th March priced £7.

Belated Happy New Year!

A very happy new year to you!  It’s a bit late, I know, but been taking a wee bit of a breather over the festive period.  I hope you had a very merry Christmas and a wonderful new year.  With all the snow we’ve had the last few days, it almost feels like we’ve went back in time!

I’ve got a few gigs in Glasgow throughout the year, with the first gig of the year at the Classic Grand coming up on 20th February.  I am just waiting on final details before I share them with you!

I hope you have been enjoying my debut album “Travels”, if not, remember you can buy it in my “Shop” page.

August Newsletter

Hiya folks!  Can’t believe it’s been a month since my last newsletter.  This year is going in far too quick for my liking!

What’s Been Happening?

A lot of my time has been spent working on my album “Travels” which is due out later this year.  Apart from that, I’ve been getting some practise in for Folk On The Boat 2 this Friday, oh and moving house!

For various reasons, I did not perform at Katie’s Bar in Stirling last month.  I was scheduled to, but for reasons I will not go into here I decided not to perform.

The News

As if recording my debut album wasn’t taking up enough time, I am delighted to announce that I am now presenting my own weekly radio show “Folk With Drew” on Heartland FM.  I have performed on Heartland FM before and Andrew Gordon has featured tracks from my EP “Taste of Freedom” on his show.  Andrew Gordon left Heartland FM, so I have taken his place with my very own folk show every Friday from 6pm.  The station broadcasts on 97.5 & 106.6FM across Perthshire, but also streams online at www.heartlandfm.co.uk.

What’s Coming Up?

Folk On The Boat 2 takes place on the Maid of the Loch, Balloch this Friday from 7PM.  This fantastic event is almost sold out, with only a handful of tickets left.  If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket, see you there!  The gig will also be streamed live on Celtic Music Radio as part of their “Radiothon” fundraiser.  I will be performing from 10:30pm, so if you can’t be at the gig, you can still listen in!

That’s all for now folks!

Andrew Huggan

Special Gig Announcement

It’s been a fairly busy couple of weeks for me, but it’s been great fun. I’ve did a couple of local gigs including my first outdoor gig during Menstrie’s Jubilee celebrations and also my first appearance at Castle Rock in Stirling. Both gigs went really well and it was great to see people singing and clapping along as always. I’m sitting here writing my set list for this weekend’s Elphin Drift down in the lovely village of Husthwaite, Yorkshire and thought I would send you this wee email to announce a very special gig.

Folk On The Boat

I’ve known about this for a while now, but I can finally reveal that I have been invited to perform at the second Folk On The Boat fundraiser for Celtic Music Radio this August! I unfortunately missed the first one back in September, but absolutely delighted to get the chance to perform this year. Folk On The Boat will take place on the beautiful paddle steamer “Maid Of The Loch” moored in Balloch on the bonny bonny banks of Loch Lomond on Friday 10th August. There will be many other acts performing on the night, but I will provide the full lineup and also details on how you can get a ticket in a future email, as all the arrangements are currently being finalised. The first Folk On The Boat event was a huge success and sold out. This years event is expected to sell out quickly. As you know, I have had the pleasure to perform live on Celtic Music Radio a number of times now, and I feel honoured that they have invited me along to their prestigious fundraising event. Gonna be a great night!
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Debut Album Update

It’s been almost 2 months since I started my crowdfunding campaign for my debut album through Bloom VC. I am delighted that I have exceeded my target amount, every single penny is greatly appreciate to fund the production of my debut album. The campaign closes at midnight tonight, so this is your last chance to pre-order a signed special edition of my debut album, which will feature different artwork and include an extra bonus song, click here to be taken to my campaign page. This is the only way to get your hands on the special edition CD, so don’t miss out!

That is all for just now, I look forward to performing down in Yorkshire this weekend and will let you know how it goes. I also hope to have more information on the Folk On The Boat gig soon to, so as soon as I have the full details, I will let you know.