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Workshop Today – Waifs and Strays

November 5, 2017

Dug out some dusty tunes and will get them added to next tune book.  Also some special tunes written for us….these must go on our next CD.

We will get practicing them in a few weeks.

I think folk enjoyed the day and we look forward to hearing you again soon.DSCF2229


Christmas Social Event?

October 29, 2017


Anyone up for a santa dash on 10th Dec?  We could have two groups – one jogging, one walking.  I think Neil and I can jog…I think we might persuade Dave and Davie to lead a walking group?  We might even arrange lunch then a few tunes in a pub after??


Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Sponsored Walk

October 29, 2017

Beautiful day volunteering to play outside for the CHSS walk.

Bit nippy so welcomed the coffee served by friendly staff at the Hilton Garden Room after.

Organiser emailed to thank us and said

‘I interviewed many of the participants as they crossed the finish line and I asked what was their favourite part of the walk; many said finishing! but then said the band’

Possibility if being invited to play at future events.

Groovy Wee Practice at the Magic Room

September 28, 2017

Down at McPhabb’s earlier.

Fiddlers Rally

September 27, 2017

Come on support your fellow scratchers (Alison S, Alison E, Davie, Valerie, Allan) and buy a ticket or two for the rally.  There is a raffle, a glass of wine, and profits are going to Beatson Cancer Unit so even if you decide not to turn up you are helping a good cause.


Workshop 5th November

September 22, 2017

By popular request we propose a workshop on 5th November led by Nigel Gatherer.

Content will include brushing up some of our lesser played sets and something new too.

£25 will include a two course lunch.  Buy your own drinks (and mine and Nigel’s if you feel flush) at the bar during the day.

Arrival from 1000

Workshop 1030-1300 –  with break

Lunch 1300-1400

Workshop  1400-1600 – with break

The Crowwood Hotel, Muirhead

Buses take 15 mins from city centre – X3, X37, X39 also 38c gets you there by a slightly longer route.  Lifts might be possible from various places so please ask me if you need help with transport we will try to get you there and back.

Music available from Nigel’s site


Booking essential.  Please email:

I will then confirm options to pay.

Who is coming? Bold indicates paid – Valerie, David, Frances, Mel, Alison S,  Christine, Dad, Alison Sh, Derek, Sandra, Neil, Des, Mitchell, Tom F, Al H, Frans, George,  John L, Catherine, Suzie, Brian, Gary, Diane, Allan S, Mary, Tam

All instruments welcome if accompanied by an owner.

Ham and Jam 30th September

September 8, 2017

11am c45mins  music at Jam and Ham event, Carluke. Taking names now small group of folk who are confident to play on stage please.  Email if interested.  Davie, Dave, Sandra, Valerie,Ian, Mel, Frances, Neil, Janice.  Wait list now in operation.

We are the picture from last year in the local paper….looking good John.


Draft play list tbc – may be more sharing of intros if others join us.  May organise a practice.  We can possibly share some transport.

play-list-for-jam and ham 2017

Ham&JamSet – this is the Smallpipers set for those who are joining in with that.

ham and jam venue


4th September Practice Fun

September 5, 2017

Good wee session last night.  Looking forward to meeting some more people in future sessions.  All welcome.


Invite to Play Along

August 18, 2017

Hi All,

Some of the mixed instrument group are having a play along 27th August in Dram 2-5pm and Scratchers invited to join in.

Disclaimer – not an official scratchy event and I am away on hol so can’t take questions.

Play list below plus some of the music – you might need to find a few tunes yourself if you go along.  David Fernandez (one of our whistle players in scratchy) has contact with the group and may be able to answer your questions.

DRAM August 2017

The Trip To Pakistan_Waiting For The Federals_



Scratchy Noises AGM August 2017

August 7, 2017


Funds £1406.12.

Vote to continue for another year.

Stevie Niell stepping down. Ian drum to join committee.

Poss try to find alt venues in case needed. Any researched suggestions welcome.

Thursday will try to pre-book Dram.

Music – tidy stray stuff before getting new.

Gazebo to be researched.

Another workshop to improve some sets.

Possibly save some copies of up to date music books in college – would need a volunteer to keep this up to date.

Events – poss gig at care home, supermarket, east end –  people  need to check these out, NTS, With the Ukes.

Gigs and workshops 2016/17. Apologies for fuzzy photo this is sharpest I could get.