Irvine Burns Club 10/10/12

A small but informed crowd attended our concert at the historic Irvine Burns Club on October 10. The acoustic was quite dry so it suited the pipes and drums but not so much the other instruments. The atmosphere made up for any shortfall on that score however. The club, which is open to the public, has many paintings and artefacts associated with the national bard making it is a must visit for anyone interested in Scottish culture and history. It did of course sit very well with our music, particularly when we played tunes associated with him: Rattlin’ Roarin’ Wullie, Deil’s Awa Wi’ the Exciseman etc. Anyone wishing to know more about the club should visit their website at http://www.irvineburnsclub.org . We again played through some new arrangements in readiness for recording sessions for a new CD. These all seemed to be well received. RW.

Tornaveen Village Hall, Aberdeenshire

RW gets a laugh and smiling approval from the troops

Great atmosphere in a packed village hall last night. We began pretty sharp (for Highland time) just after 8pm and finished after two encores at 10.30pm. It was a bring your own bottle night and thanks to the kind members of the audience who kept the collective Binkie thrapple well oiled throughout. Afterwards we had time to catch up with long time supporters of the group who have attended all of our gigs in this enchanting part of Scotland. Further thanks to Malcolm for the supper and to Geoff, Margaret and the committee of the ‘First Friday’ club. I made the point to them and the audience that they were to be commended for year after year putting on live music during the north east winter. After a comfortable night at Jane’s B&B we had pleasant sunshine for the drive back along Deeside and down to Glasgow via Stonehaven. Ian has gone home with a large sack of pinhead oatmeal freshly ground in nearby Alford. Nae mer hungry weans. RW.

One poster on the www.footstompin.com forum page was clearly delighted with the concert:

‘The Whistlebinkies’ performance last Friday in Tornaveen, Aberdeenshire, was an absolute joy. Relaxed and audience-engaging, their sheer professionalism and musicianship made for an evening of real delight. No sets of frenetic, ‘blistering’ reels or undanceable mish-mash; this group really understand the music they play. Unlike the groups that grind you into the floor, the Whistlebinkies lift you off it’.