NEWS and PERFORMANCES
I was deeply saddened at the death of my dear friend Alec Finn on the 16th November 2018. I have compiled a remembrance on the website here http://www.kevinmacleod.co.uk/alec-finn
Kevin appears in the TG4 "'Se Mo Laoch" music documentary programme on the great Irish traditional music bouzouki player Alec Finn, broadcast in November 2018.
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 and sometimes John Martin. Always available for bookings, easily contacted via email and facebook https://www.facebook.com/kevinhjmacleod/
Kevin perfomed this summer to great acclaim with George Duff, Leo McCann and John Martin at the 2018 Girvan Folk Festival and 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Kevin can also be found in various Edinburgh bars like The Waverley Bar, playing 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 ex-Shooglenifty and other luminaries.
Winter of 2018 saw Kevin help produce a new song based cd for his great friend and top Scots singer George Duff. 16 epic songs on "The Collier Laddie" were recorded in Musselburgh at the studio run by the excellent musician/producer Rob Hiley of Urban Fox Records. This fine cd is now available via https://folking.com/george-duff-the-collier-laddie-beagcd-beag-cd005/ and at good outlets like Coda Records, Edinburgh. There have been a series of 4 star reviews for this excellent album, and also airplays on Mark Radcliffe's prestigeous BBC Radio 2 Folk programme, and also on BBC Radio Nan Gael's channel.
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
The Occasionals were recorded by BBC Radio Scotland's "Take The Floor" programme for the Hogmanay 2016 show, recorded live in the Glen Pavilion, Dunfermline with a huge crowd of keen dancers. Gary Innes presented the show. This was re-broadcast at Christmas 2017.
The Occasionals performed to 3500 enthusiastic dancers at Edinburgh's big Hogmanay Street Party on 31st December 2017, and also in the main auditorium of The Royal Concert Hall of Glasgow at Celtic Connections 2018 with a 7 piece band including guests piper Duncan MacGillivray and fiddler Angela MacEacheran, for the 25th anniversary of the huge winter festival. The band played at the very first festival in 1994! The band performed at the 2018 Royal Highland Show amongst the tractors, sheep and sunshine!
IRISH GAELIC TELEVISION DOCUMENTARY ON DE DANANN'S ALEC FINN
Kevin was invited by the producers of "Se Mo Laoch", a documentary series on the lives of noteable Irish traditional musicians, to be part of a forthcoming film on his great friend Alec Finn. He spent four fascinating days in Oranmore Castle in unseasonally lovely weather helping Alec and the production team, and being interviewed, and performing a short set of Scottish tunes in the great hall of Oranmore Castle with Alec on bouzouki. A huge honour, as Alec Finn is a renowned musician, and great old pal of some 40 years. It will be broadcast on TG4 on at 9.30pm on 11th November 2018.
"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.
THE REVERIE BAND AT "A NIGHT FOR ANGUS" SHOOGLENIFTY CONCERT AT CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2017
There was a very special night in Glasgow on 21st January 2017 celebrating the life of ace Shooglenifty fiddler Angus R. Grant, who passed away in 2016, aged 49, way too young. Angus led a welcomimg and lively musical session in Edinburgh, in a lovely open bar on the southside of town, called The Reverie, for nearly 10 years. Many young and old musicians passed through often or infrequently, and played superb music, all under the hawkeye of the wizard himself, weaving his West Highland acid croft magical fiddle. After his passing, 9 of us were corraled together by Salsa Celtica's leader trumpeter Toby Shippey to play a wee tribute set - the Cairo Waltz and some typical rousing jigs - at the huge concert in the main auditorium of the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow. It was a huge thrill to be part of this night, and it sounded pretty nice! We will miss you Angus, more than you will ever know! Photographs courtesy of Louis De Carlo Photography copyright 2017
TARAN GUITARS COLLABORATION
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 invoved with Rory Dowling, whose work is exceptionally fine. Well worth considering these superb modern instruments, keepers for life, in my opinion! https://www.taranguitars.co.uk/kevin-macleod
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!
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.