Carluke Jam and Ham Festival 2017

September 30, 2017 by

Just back from the Carluke Ham and Jam Festival 2017. We had a great day out. We were the first band up and played a 40min set.

Valerie here just adding wee pic courtesy of  George Russell…



Special thanks to the sound guys who did a magnificent job twiddling their knobs and making us sound great. The stage set up was fantastic, the top tier

being occupied by Ian “Drum” keeping us in time, then the back row rhythm line up of Francis, holding the fort single handed when I abandoned her to seek fame and fortune playing whistle with Dave, and Me with Janice joining us. We welcome Janice to the rhythm section as her foot stomping sounded like a bass drum because of the staging and was spot on the money as far as timing goes. Adding to Janice’s fiddle melody playing from the front row was Mel, Birthday Boy (Age 21 and a wee bit), playing for the first time with a mic. Then we have the front row fiddlers, Sandra, Valerie and Neil who played well above their pay grade. Finally Dave on whistle, who played an incredibly lovely harmony part written by Katherine MacLeod, as well as being in charge of gravity testing as every two minutes throughout the day he managed to drop his android tablet. Please comment below where is best to buy new android tablets especially Kiddy proof versions with rubber bumpers.


More pics as promised…


We need to say a big thank you to Lynne McLachlan who left a comment on the official Facebook page saying “Band are excellent” and she meant us !

Having a few issues getting the video to appear inline, but I am determined, click on the image below for a short clip from our set today, well done to all the performers.


It is a shame for some of the other bands as the rain came on and was quite heavy at times but this did not dampen the spirits of the performers or the audience. I did not get to see all of the other bands / acts but what I did see was great. Is there an emoji yet of person throwing pants onto stage.

Some of us joined the small pipers, or should that be pipers with small pipes, who played some tunes, some with quite challenging rhythms for us (ok i mean challenging for me). Then we joined up with them again in the hall across the road for a session. We have managed to find loads of tunes that could be very interesting to play together. Some were really good from the get go at first play though other will need a little work but in no time world tour is definitely on the cards.

I can’t wait for next years festival, as it gets bigger and better each year. Well done to all who took part in the organising and staffing of all the various things. Next time i’m getting my face painted.


Groovy Wee Practice at the Magic Room

September 28, 2017 by

Down at McPhabb’s earlier.

Fiddlers Rally

September 27, 2017 by

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

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.

Clanscape Event, Ben Lomond

September 10, 2017 by

A great day out playing music in a very scenic location at ancient skills event at foot of Ben Lomond on Saturday, lots of fun.  We received very positive feedback about our playing. The pics tell the story – enjoy.

view from our gazebo

Our new conductor

The scratchers

Peppy’s new friend

Sword dancing to our music!

Another new friend for Peppy

The Scratchy gang

Our beautiful Loch Lomond

Ham and Jam 30th September

September 8, 2017 by

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 by

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


Invite to Play Along

August 18, 2017 by

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 by


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.







9th July – Invite to Play Along/Session

June 27, 2017 by

Hi All,
Andrew who joined us to play at the church in Carluke is hosting a play along on 9th July starting circa 2pm.  Turn up any time after 1pm.

Working on some dances – here is the list ceilidhDances .  I’ve also uploaded a copy of Sleep Soond as it got truncated on my printout.  You may have a better match that you want to bring some copies of. Sorry I do not have time to search for but sure we can share on the day if need be.  Thereafter some general playing/session type things going on.  Food and drink will be available.

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Email Andrew direct if you want to confirm if you are going or ask questions/have problems with doc etc – don’t comment here or email me – I might not have internet access  –


Hope to see some of you there.