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!

Uddingston Music Festival 10th February 2018

January 10, 2018 by

The session Scratchy are hosting will be at 2pm on 10th Feb.  Tunes will be from this book uddingston session book 2018.  No need to book – just turn up.

Venue – Church of the Nazarene, Old Mill Road, Uddingston G71 7LU

There is a mixed instrument workshop AM.  The workshop must be booked via:  http://www.nigelgatherer.com/workshops/umf/umf18.html

Invite to play along

December 17, 2017 by

Hi all,

The GFW mixed instrument group are having a wee session and we’ve been invited to join them.

The session will be on Sunday, 14th January 2-5pm at the DRAM!.

I’m guessing the playlist will be the same as the last time, but I’ll post it here as soon as I have more info. Tune list attached: DRAM January 2018

If you have any questions, give me a shout, otherwise see you there if you can make it (no need to tell me in advance).

Big Practice Day

December 9, 2017 by

Hi All,


Unexpected snow and prediction for rest of day uncertain.

We will fix another date.

We will go with 21st January for this practice day.   1-5pm.
Location – https://www.blawarthillchurch.org.

The practice will be in the hall which should be accessed from the street behind the church not the front of the church.  There is a church service so please don’t try to access the hall before 1245.  That might also mean you have more chance of getting parked as it is busy around the church and there will be folk parked to attend the service leaving just before we arrive.

Tea, coffee, biscuits will be provided and there is a £3 donation requested for contribution to the hall hire and coffee.

Tunes will include:

  • Barnyards o’Delgaty/Scotland the Brave
  • Rocking the Baby, Scarce o’tatties,Stool of Repentance
  • The Ale is Dear, Wind that Shakes the Barley
  • The Headlands, Barren Rocks of Aden
  • Ian Powrie, Flett from Flotta
  • The Muckin’ o’ Geordie’s Byre, Kenmure up and awa’
  • The Highland Brigade at Magersfontein, Lochanside
  • Fairy Dance, Deil Amang the Tailors
  • Mrs. McLeod of Raasay/High Road to Linton
  • Jig o’ Slurs/Atholl Highlanders
  • Angus MacLeod/Teribus/Hopeless Lover
  • Turn Under Lea/Shakins o Da Barley

Most of these already in sets at https://scratchynoises.wordpress.com/sets-we-play/

We will also play some of the tunes we played with the smallpipers:

Ham&JamSet 1

Gig at Erskine Home, Saturday 2 December

December 3, 2017 by

Spent a lovely afternoon playing traditional Scottish music along with a few Christmas carols at Erskine Home. Thanks to a delightful audience and to the staff who made us feel so welcome.

Greenbank Christmas Fair, Sunday 26 November 2017

November 26, 2017 by


Scratchers squeezed into the sitooterie at Greenbank House, I’m not sure if we’re getting larger or the sitooterie is shrinking but we got ourselves organised and had lots of fun playing a variety of music including some Christmas carols. Thanks to the Friends of Greenbank for their hospitality. Spot the new Scratchy recruit….


Workshop Today – Waifs and Strays

November 5, 2017 by

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 by


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 by

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.