NEWS and PERFORMANCES
The Occasionals are playing dances all throughout the year, with some being open to the public - at Summerhall in Edinburgh, Scotch Hop in Linlithgow, dances in South Queensferry run by our dance caller Sheila McCutcheon. Details on The Occasionals website http://www.theoccasionals.com and also at http://mikescommunity.com/diary
Kevin performs at Folk Clubs and festivals around Scotland in a trio with top Scots singer guitarist George Duff and Co. Antrim's melodeon whizz Leo McCann. Always available for bookings, easily contacted via email and facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinhjmacleod/
Kevin can also be found in various Edinburgh bars leading sessions with, for example, fiddlers Darragh Quinn, John Martin, singer George Duff and Salsa Celtica's Toby Shippey. Kevin sometimes leads music sessions in Achiltibuie during the summer. http://coigach.com/see-and-do/music/
The brand new recording by Kevin, released on 26th July 2014. You can purchase a cd using the website here, or go to iTunes for a download option. Also, you can hear several tracks off the cd in the short film in the "Music Videos" section of the website entitled "Highland Strands"
TARAN GUITARS CONSULTANCY
Do take a look at the section on my website on Taran Guitars, run by the amazing luthier Rory Dowling. I was delighted to offer advice on the development of his new mandolin range, the "Springwell" mandolin, generously named after my debut recording. I also performed some sets to demonstrate the sound of the instruments and created appropriate videos. It has been very exciting to be involved with Rory, whose work is exceptionally fine. Well worth considering these superb modern instruments, keepers for life, in my opinion!
JULES AND THE BLUE GARNETS CD
I was delighted to be asked by guitarist & producer Rob Hiley to do some recording for his alt-folk-pop group Jules and the Blue Garnets. I did a series of overdubs on my three old tenor guitars on "Who You Are Loving Isn't Me" at his fine studio in Musselburgh. My overdubs are on the first track on their new CD EP "In The Early Hours", available here http://julesandthebluegarnets.com/
It's a lovely sound, great singing, delightful people and their cd launch gig was excellent. Highly recommended!
"COIGACH 1955" - THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF RODERICK MACLEOD
A4 landscape, spiral bound 30 pages, full colour, by Kevin Macleod
In 1955, Roddie Macleod, a local Coigach man, turned his camera on the ways of life in his own home area. He photographed the locals, many of whom were his close relations, friends and neighbours who undertook the annual tasks of crofting, shepherding, salmon fishing and provided the necessary local services.
These fine images capture the timeless cycles of hard work on the sea and land, and the resulting album was carefully annotated with his personal commentary on the ways of the close knit community that had changed little in his lifetime. Now, some 60 years later, much of what was seen in 1955 has disappeared, so it seems fitting to reveal these photographs to shed some fresh light on the life in Coigach in those days.
Superb Black & White and Colour photography by Roderick Macleod, of the Coigach area in 1955. This beautifully illustrated, large format, 30 page, full colour A4 landscape book has been compiled and by Kevin Macleod and published privately in May 2016.