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Clanscape ’22 – Sunday 1 May

March 16, 2022

Had a great day out playing background music at the beautiful Royal Scottish Forestry site at Cashel, Loch Lomond, during their Clanscape event. Lovely to be playing live music together once again. And not a midge to be seen!


Scratchy Noises 10th Birthday!

June 6, 2020

Well who would have thought we’d still be scratching away 10 years on! A great big thank you to Valerie for starting it all off in the first place and for keeping us motivated over the years. Without it we wouldn’t have had these fun times – just a few pics attached – I have tons but any more on the blog and it will crash. We’ve had a great 10 years so here’s to the next 10! And thanks to all of you who make it so enjoyable.
Happy 10th Birthday Scratchy Noises! ❤️ PS hope I haven’t broken the blog!

Scratchers invited to Workshop on the Isle of Bute – 22 February 2020

January 27, 2020

For more information please email A few of us attended a workshop last year and it was a great day out. A wee sail, some music, food and good company all in a lovely venue near the harbour so no need to take cars.

WHEN : Saturday 22 February 2020, 11.30-4.30

TUTOR: Emma Durkin. Fiddle and Clarsach tutor

LEVEL: Intermediate

VENUE: Bank of Ideas, High Street, Rothesay, Isle of Bute

COST: £25


Practice over Xmas period

November 17, 2019

Message from Mel,

Hi All, Anyone up for a mid-winter practice at my place on Saturday 21 December, about 11.30-4ish. Please reply on comments and/or email me on for more info and address etc. Should be able to fit in about 15 players. Lunch type snacks provided.

Clanscape, Ben Lomond – Sunday 15 September

September 15, 2019

A cold start to the day played havoc with our instruments but by the afternoon when the sun came out we’d all warmed up nicely!  Great to see so many ancient skills being demonstrated. Thanks to Alasdair and Fraser for organising such a smashing day and for inviting us to play background music. Of course, we were all upstaged by our four legged friend in the photo who lapped up all the attention. Thanks to all who came along. And just for the record, not a midge in sight!

Invite to Scratchers for a Music Day out to Rothesay on Saturday 19 October 2019

September 9, 2019

Mary Lang, who has played with us occasionally, would like to invite Scratchers to a Traditional Music Session for Intermediate Players to be held in Rothesay on the Isle of Bute on Saturday 19 October 2019, 11.30 til 4.30.  All instruments welcome. Venue close to the harbour.

Pub Sessions just too quick? This could be for you. Play with or without music – but at a sensible speed. Happy to play tunes from Scratchy playlist too.

For further information on timetable, venue etc please contact Mary direct:

Clanscape, Foot of Ben Lomond, Sunday 15 September 2019

August 21, 2019

Looking for one or two more to play at above event.  Probably start playing around 11.30am with a break for a light lunch, finishing around 3pm. Please let me know if you are willing to brave the midges and come along to play. More details will be sent to those attending near the time.  Will call off if weather poor. So far, Mel, Neil, Dave, Ian, Christine, Alison…..

Highgate Care Home Uddingston Gig, Sunday 2 June 2019

June 2, 2019

Message from Mel

Successful gig today at Highgate Care Home. Thanks to all who turned up and played in the heat!  I believe everyone enjoyed the show, including the staff who were very welcoming.

Burns Supper, Saturday 9 February

February 10, 2019

Spent a lovely evening playing at Paisley Methodist Church’s first Burns Supper. Our music was warmly received and we managed to accompany a few Burns songs, thanks to Tom for leading this. We enjoyed a delicious Burns supper and heard some great speeches too. Thanks to Paisley Methodist Church for their very generous hospitality with special thanks to Finlay and Jim.




Burns Supper, Pollok House, Saturday 19 January

January 20, 2019

Enjoyed playing background music in the beautiful Library at Pollok House as guests arrived for a Burns Supper. We played for just over an hour and then had our own meal in the Servants’ Hall, following which we had an impromptu lesson on how to do a slip-jig! Thanks to the staff for our lovely meal.

This is a rare recording of the popular dance ‘ the Mel shuffle ‘, two things to highlight here :-   one,  Mel going off piste with some improvised freestlye moves of his own and secondly, Des warming up by not being able to resist a wee trial kick near the end before taking off his jacket and getting stuck in. Good fun guys. Thanks Mo and Carol….and Alison for organising.