Forthcoming Dates

September 22, 2013 by

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Session @ Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

March 15, 2018 by

Hi all,

Tomorrow night, Sean Middleton (whom I believe most of you know) is running a session as part of the Lochwinnoch Arts Festival.


The session starts at 9pm at The Corner Bar. Myself and a couple other Scratchers play regularly in Lochwinnoch and it’s always good fun. The sessions are very friendly and you can always go back home with a few more tunes in your list.

It’d be great to see you tomorrow. Come over for a tune! 🙂

Update: We had a great session last night. People seemed to enjoy it and so did we!

Nostalgic Brodick Castle trip April 2015

March 10, 2018 by

Hi, I didnt know you could post videos here, so I have had this clip for quite some time. Some of you will not have seen it before, so I thought I would post it for you. Its an early Scratchy Noises trip to Brodick Castle, Arran in 2015 (yes, it was that long ago I’m afraid). I hope you enjoy. The trip was organised for us by Alison S and we had a terrific day out. This is taken in the pub beer garden while awaiting the ferry homeward. Probably after a few drinks!


Any volunteer to do a wee task?

March 10, 2018 by

Don’t all rush as once…special offer….first to comment ‘I will do it’ in this post wins the task….


Look at the 3 tunes books, the tunes played on their own book – on this page – the blog post

Make a list of any single tunes listed in this list Look at this list but not in any of the books or the summary of our March tune housekeeping.

Here is hoping someone is willing to do this save me another job.

Asturian tunes

March 4, 2018 by

Hi folks,

So these are the 2 Asturian tunes we had a go at today plus a third one that would go 2nd in the set.

The tunes are:

Pasucáis D’Amieva 

Pasucáis de Xuan Martín

Muñeira Carcarosa

You can find the recordings below. All the tunes are played twice, first time at normal(ish) speed, 2nd one slowly.

I hope you ejoy them 🙂

Just for more info, I mentioned Asturian dancing and the traditional clothing. Here’s a photo.



Successful Day Tune Housekeeping

March 4, 2018 by

Well done all for turning up at Blawarthill today.  Enjoyed your playing and company.  Alison got a great tune out of that bottle.

Anyone fancy revisiting on Thur 15th March to firm up some of these ideas?  Some said yes so meet at our house 7-9pm.  If you don’t have address pls email me

Possible New Sets

***Disclaimer – rapidly typed list – numbers might need checked***

12 – Bloody Fields of Flanders/71 – Queens Welcome to Invercauld

161 – Welcome to Inverness/160 – Setting a Course for Lewis

69 – Off to California – we will get the Sligo Fancy and try this out at future workshop

Here is one version:

163 – Reel de Enclaes (after 1,2,3)/107 – Wings of a Skorrie

133/134  Garoun/Guneegha

99 – Waltz of the Little Girls/154 – Stronsay Waltz

145-148 Virginia Reel Set

166-168 Spanish set – still to try one tune at future workshop

129 Alexandra Park/130 Queen Margaret Drive

Agreed for Individual Tunes

27 – The Fairy Lullaby – Alison will research harmony and we will get words to arrange for singing.

500 – Ashoken Farewell

To be practiced – and other tune/s we don’t already play to be found to go with – any suggestions or offers to research?

80 – The Sailors Wife

91 – Stirling Castle

121 – Highland Harry

Removing from our playlist

65 – The Mirthfull Maid

503 – For the Young


506 My Cape Breton Home – Neil has a better version we can try

507 Sarah’s Song

508 Bird Song

509 Calliope House



Scratchy Noises Snow Shovel

March 3, 2018 by

The long awaited new addition to the Scratchy Noises merchandise line…

The Scratchy Noises Snow Shovel.

Available at all good Scratchy Noises outlets.

Lochwinnoch Annual Arts Festival, 13-25 March 2018

February 22, 2018 by

Nigel Gatherer is hosting a Mixed Instrument Workshop on Sunday 25 March, 10.30am-12.30pm in the McKillop Institute in lovely Lochwinnoch. To book a place please refer to Lots of other musical events/workshops taking place along with come and try, visual art, drama, spoken word, comedy, and craft. Please refer to the Arts Festival site direct to book any of these events.

4th March Tune Housekeeping

February 16, 2018 by


CURRENTLY PLANNED and looking ok  – check this space will update if weather decides to force cancellation

Feel free to being foodbank donations

Anyone available PM/early eve 4th March to play the final batch of tunes we have not dusted off for a while and maybe try something new we have for you?

Here is the list

12 – Bloody Fields of Flanders

27 – The Fairy Lullaby

65 – The Mirthfull Maid

69 – Off to California

71 – Queens Welcome to Invercauld

80 – The Sailors Wife

91 – Stirling Castle

99 – Waltz of the Little Girls

107 – On the Wings of a Skorrie

121 – Highland Harry

129/130 (already a set just to try and decide if adding to a book)

Other European tunes in 131-138 and 166-168, 145-148 is Virginia reel set just needs added to next book, 154, 160, 161, 163/A and any copyright tunes not already in a book – 500, 503, 506, 507, 508, 509


tunes at

Let me know –


Blawarthill Church  36 Millbrix Ave, Glasgow G14 0EP

1315 to 1700.

If you arrive early please take care not to disturb the church service.


Who can come:  Valerie, Davie, Maureen, Mel, Frances, John S, Mitchell, Alison S, Dave, Tom F, Sandra,Neil, Ian….


Uddingston Music Festival

February 10, 2018 by

Lovely day out today with a friendly bunch. Mixed instruments workshop AM and our Scratchy Noises session PM.

Thank you to Clive for allowing us to use the hall and to Lorna for organising this festival.


Here’s a couple of recordings with the tunes played at the workshop.

Burns Supper Gig at Pollok House Saturday 13 January 2018

January 15, 2018 by

Scratchy players kept their cool with tricky acoustics in the Servants’ Hall at Pollok House. The guitars amped up which helped, and hopefully the guests enjoyed what they could hear of our music. Thanks to staff at Pollok House for a lovely meal in the Still Room afterwards, and to Dave and Des for pics below…..

Ghostly goings on…

Relaxing and having fun afterwards!