NEWS & PERFORMANCES
Life as we all know it has been on hold for a long time now, and all concerts, ceilidhs, sessions and music events have ceased to be. So there is very little to report right now! But we hope to resume musical ventures before too long.
Kevin performs at folk clubs and festivals around Scotland with top Scots singer/guitarist George Duff, and are always available for bookings, easily contacted via email and facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinhjmacleod/
Kevin can also be found in various Edinburgh session bars like The Waverley Bar, playing in lively sessions with the likes of fiddler John Martin, singer George Duff, Battlefield Band's piper Mike Katz, legendary piper Allan MacDonald, the incomparable Cathal McConnell, Iain MacLeod of Shooglenifty and other luminaries.
NEW RECORDING PROJECT
The lockdown has given me time to gather a whole set of new musical ideas together towards the creation of a fifth solo cd, tentatively entitled "Days Long Gone".
I hope to get together with engineer and producer Rob Hiley this year to make this. We'll see what COVID 19 eventually lets us do!
The Occasionals ceilidh band play for dancing throughout the year, with some events also being open to the public. We will be raring to go once the world is safe to do so!
Until then stay safe out there!
"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.
Ali Beag MacLeod and Roddie Macleod in 255 Achnahaird, discussing the cobles and bag net salmon fishing of the 1950s in Coigach.
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.