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



Fundraiser Carluke Sat 4th March

January 28, 2017 by


We have been asked to play in Carluke to raise funds for http://www.carluketrust.org.uk/what-we-do/carluke-high-mill

The gig will run from 730pm with us and also a few floor spots from singers and others.   We expect to be there quite a bit earlier for a rehearsal.


Who is playing?


Ian MacLean


Carol Armour

Neil Beck

Sandra Kinninburgh

John Lewis

Valerie McCutcheon + Whistle

Alison Schreiber

John Shaw

Mitchell Sorbie


Frances McCall

David Strachan + pipes


Mel Williamson


Cathy Lewis

Des Tierney + Whistle

The plan is for everyone to be there from about 4.30pm to setup and practice running order  – meal served at 6.15pm – performance 7.30pm (for 2 hrs max with break)


Kirkton Church
9 Station Road



Practice PM Sunday 26th Feb.



Blawarthill Burns Supper

January 28, 2017 by

imageMany thanks to all the players last night.

We played for about 50 mins before dinner and enjoyed the speeches and raffle.

I think the songs and dances went really well.

A lovely night out.



Pollok House, Burns Supper

January 16, 2017 by

Scratchy had fun playing background music at a Burns Supper at Pollok House on Saturday We put on our gladrags and played our socks off! I think we got the sound about right despite the tricky acoustics. Afterwards enjoyed haggis, neeps and tatties in the Servants’ Hall – we know our place! Thanks to Lynne, Cass and the team at Pollok for the lovely haggis and neeps, delicious! Enjoy the photos below..



Scratchy Noises in full regalia


Spot the photobomber?


Possible event?

January 9, 2017 by

Saw this.  Not sure if suitable.  Not offering to organise it but if others are interested and someone wants to take the lead…..http://sambayabamba.com/encontro/

Uddingston Folk Festival – 11th February

January 9, 2017 by

Hello All,

There will be a session at Uddingston Folk Festival 2-4pm the Church of the Nazarene, Old Mill Road, Uddingston G71 7LU

Just turn up.  Tunes for the session here:  sn-uddingston-music-fest-2017-session-book

If you are a chord player see this link, it’s nowhere near as pretty as the above book but it does have a few chord additions and alterations. uddingston-2017-scratchy-noises-chords

Why not come for the day?  Book the morning workshop here http://www.nigelgatherer.com/workshops/umf/umf17.html

Draft list of other events at the festival musicfest-2017-almost-final