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Happy 8th Birthday Scratchers

June 17, 2018

The offical band of the Men’s 10k again today.

Happy Birthday to Scratchy Noises.

Well done all runners and players.


Muirhead Gala Day

June 16, 2018

Torrential rain but fortunately we were indoors at the Guide Hall tea party rocking a few numbers.  Great cakes.

Had a wee time out to catch the football and a few beers then another wee set at the Bowling Club.  Thanks to Mel for standing in q for burgers.

Very impressed with the folk who were out and about weathering the …..well…weather….to see all that was going on. (more…)

Seven Lochs Trail Launch.

June 11, 2018

Scratchy Noises were asked to play at the launch of the seven lochs trail. The centre for the event was Proven house in Auchenlee, where people could gather in the courtyard for refreshments at the Caberet style tables that were set out in the glorious sunshine. Sit back, relax and enjoy the music in the open air. Fortunately the band got there early enough that we got to pick our spot carefully in the shade or we would have been burnt to a crisp.

Due to a secret fiddle weekend (shush) there were a destinct lack of fiddles available. In fact since it was finally summer, good weather, and the weekend, there was a distinct lack of available players overall. After some last minute discussions, on return from our holiday to Islay, I spoke to Dave (Whistle) and Mel (Banjo / Fiddle) who were both mad enough to say yes to us attempting the gig with only us three.

So the Scratchy Noises “Boy Band” was born. Move over One Direction the old kids on the block are “Lost Bearings”.

We played quite a bit longer than I thought we would have, taking a relaxed meander through the tunes we knew, interspersed by some we nearly new, alongside some we had never heard of before. Mostly they went well and some of the unrehearsed ones went surprisingly well. We also had some adhoc surprises from each of us with me playing a few tunes on the bagpipes, singing a few songs. Mel playing some Irish tunes on banjo and David (Whistle) singing. Yes you heard me correctly Dave (whistle) singing.

At one point I was singing a song and out of the corner of my eye I caught sight of a very cool member of the audience, i was struggling to stifle my laughter as he had a fantastic hipster / Poirot moustache. I want one of those …


We were pre-warned by some distant thunder that the show was about to come to an end, which was timely as we were running really low on tunes, songs and dance moves at this point .

Then there were the poor people who got caught in the rain when it came on, really heavy, soaked through completely. But at least they were still smiling even when we pointed out the irony of the super dry T-shirt. He was going to take it straight back to the shop for a refund as it certainly was not super dry.

All in all we had a lovely day out. Thank you to all who made it happen.

Daffy Day, Greenbank Garden

April 15, 2018

A lovely day spent playing tunes at Greenbank.  One of these days I’ll actually be able to play the fiddle with a daffy hat on….no cheeky comments please! Enjoy the pics.

CLIC Sargeant

April 7, 2018

Well done the team who played this morning at Morrison’s Auchinlea.

I thought we sounded good and we got lots of compliments.

Raised £214.14 for the charity.

Here is the after party….

Session @ Lochwinnoch Arts Festival

March 15, 2018

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

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

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

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

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