Good Wee Gig Today

April 22, 2017 by

Lovely wee gig today at Blawarthill Church.  All went well.  Thanks to everyone who played.  Soup, pieces and cake were great.



Background Music – Coffee Morning 22nd April

April 13, 2017 by

Hello All,


Blawarthill Church are having a fund raiser on 22nd April.  11.30-2pm.  I am looking for a small group to do some background music and be fed lunch.

Who is in?  Alison S, Valerie, Des, Davie, Mel, Ian, Dave, John S.

Event full.  Let know if you want to be on reserve list.

Tune list – please just say if you don’t want intros and we can amend accordingly Play List for Burns Night Blawarthill Church 22 April 2017


Survey about Playing in a Group

April 4, 2017 by


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No Street Party Band this time :-(

March 17, 2017 by
Hi Neil

Thanks so much for your interest in the Encontro street band festival, and apologies to have kept you waiting so long for a definitive answer. After the disappointment of failing in our main funding bid, we are now delighted to be able to announce (finally!) that the Encontro is going ahead! Merchant City Festival are providing a small amount of funding, allowing us to stage a scaled-down version of our original plans – and allowing us to invite key street bands to the event and celebrate SambaYaBamba’s 20th birthday!
Sadly, we’re now quite restricted in what we can include in the programme due to reduced funds. We won’t be able to offer Scratchy Noises any performance opportunities this time round. However, seeing as you guys are local it would be great if you can attend the weekend, come and say hi and enjoy the programme of fantastic street bands from all over the UK that will be on offer throughout Sat and Sunday afternoons in the Merchant City.
Sorry it’s not better news – but stay in touch and we’ll keep you posted with plans for a 2018 event.
Warm regards

Encontro Scotland @ Merchant City Festival

Sat 22nd – Sun 23rd July 2017

Big Practice Day Blawarthill

March 10, 2017 by

Hi Folks,

Big practice day 29th April c11-4.  Tea and coffee will be provided. Bring your own lunch/bring some snacks or cakes fo sharing.  Cost £1.  No discounts 😉

Please let me know asap if you want to come along.

Tunes and music (note Neil and Davie are sorting out the books but in the meantime if you don’t have all the tunes already you can find the ones for the practice day below)

Virginia Reel Set – from here:

Gaelic Waltz’s

Swedish Masquerade set 32 from this book:

Dashing White Sargent/Colgrave Sound/Spootiskerry/Dashing White Sargent. Set 13 from here: plus Dashing White Sargent from:

Polka – John Cliffords/Little Diamond set 23 from this book:

Crossing the Minch set 34 from this book:

Tongadale Reel set 30 from this book:

Please bring your music books in case we have time for more and be prepared to share with friends who might not have specific tunes.

Who is interested? Valerie, Davie, Mel, Frances, Neil, John S, Des, Sandra, Alistair, Carol, Alistair H, Alison S, Gary S, Dave, Janet, Allan

Possible New Tune Set

March 9, 2017 by

Hi Folks,

At one of our recent gigs we were asked for gaelic waltz music.  Here is a set with harmony parts.  I have asked Irene McLaren and she has ok’d us using this.  We can try this at our forthcoming day of practice in April possibly 8th at Blawarthill tbc.  BEA141 2 pages Gaelic Waltzes


Frances Birthday 12th March

March 7, 2017 by

Hello All,

Here is more info:

Cawder Sunday 12th March 11.30-4.00

Soup and sandwiches will be served at 12. There is a bar adjacent to the hall. And food can be ordered if required throughout the day.

Any problems with directions contact Frances by email or phone 0141 772 4687

One tip!!! When you come over the canal bridge drive straight on.

Everyone welcome!. Whose coming so far?

Nigel who is leading and directing us in this fun day and will bring us together.

Scratchy Noises Valerie, David, Mitchell, Neil, Stevie, Alison S, Christine, Sandra, Carol, Alistair, Mel, Des, Cath, John, John, John, Janice.

Shoogelele Douglas, Annette, Mae, Jacquie, Michelle, Margaret, Jane, Rosellen, Ken,

Introduction Both bands should bring their play books and will introduce themselves by playing three tunes that everyone can join in with if they wish.


Hello Mary Lou

Dream Lover

Teenager in Love



Midnight on the Water/Margaret’s Waltz

Everyone please sing!!!!! when Shoogelele play and song sheets with chords will be available where possible. This will be a fun day Nigel will guide us through it. Have a joke ready too.

Other tunes we might play:


I belong to Glasgow

Rowan Tree

Milltimber Jig

Kate Martin’s Waltz

Scotland the Brave/Barnyards of Dalgety/Scotland the Brave

Songs Shoogelele might lead on from their Song Book

Moon Medley By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Tin Pan Alley Medley Five Foot Two, All of Me, Yes Sir That’s My Baby

Deadwood Stage

Lets all enjoy the day!!!!

The venue is:

Cawder Golf Club, Cadder Road, Glasgow G64 3QD
Phone: 0141 761 1280

Plenty of parking.

Please let Frances know if you want to join this event

Carluke High Mill Event Report

March 5, 2017 by

Thank you to all who joined the fund raising gig last night.   A good audience turn out and a good sum raised for the restoration project.  Once I know more will post here.

Lovely venue, lovely people.


Big Practice

February 15, 2017 by

Hello All,

Looking at doing another big practice at Blawarthill Church Hall.  More dances, more songs, practice some of our lesser known materials.

Looking at Aprl 8,9,22,23 – can you let me know which of these are possible dates?

Uddingston Music Festival

February 11, 2017 by

A great wee day out at Uddingston Music Festival.

Workshop with Nigel Gatherer AM, invaded Tunnock’s tea room for lunch, and enjoyed a big session PM with Boyd Tunnock joining the band.  More pics to follow.

Anyone lost a black music stand?  Still at church but we might be able to get it back to you without you trailing to the church.

Lost a black umbrella with white raindrops logo?  I have it.image