Friday, July 24, 2009

Scad the Beggars at Festivals

As well as all the Folk Club spots and in-house festival appearances Scad the Beggars have performed at over the years, we have also played in numerous Village Hall & Town Hall concerts, plus country fairs. 

One such local performance was when we played in Ballymoney for the BBC Radio show 'A Kist o' Words'. The line up by this stage included Sabine Glasgow (Harp & Fifes)Alan Wade (Scottish Smallpipes)Dick Glasgow (Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin & Concertina)Sam Fleming (Northumbrian Pipes, Harmonica & Whistles)Riley Piddington (Vocals & Guitar) & Desie Hasson (Percussion & Vocals)
In Ballymoney for BBC's 'A Kist O' Words'

Every now and then, we are asked to play at something a little bit special. So back in 2006, Scad the Beggars were delighted to be asked to play at an open air concert, to celebrate the Maritime Festival in Belfast.

By 2006, our regular line up included Desie Hasson ( Percussion & Vocals), Sabine Glasgow (Harp, Fifes & Vocals), Dick Glasgow (Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Concertina & Mandolin), Riley Piddington (Vocals & Guitar) and Sam Fleming (Northumbrian Pipes, Harmonica & Whistles). 
For this particular event we were joined by local singer John Moulden (Vocals, Bodhran & Spoons).

The Dalriada Connection
Ever keen to strengthen the musical links that have existed between North Antrim and Argyll for hundreds of years, from the time of the Kingdom of Dalriada, I have, over the years, been in constant touch with a number of very fine musicians and singers in Campbeltown, Argyll. 
This has resulted in me being invited to bring over a number of musicians to perform at various Mull of Kintyre Music Festivals over the years, including my students. 

The success of these trips led on to being asked to bring over an adult group to perform at the festival. So for three years I took over a group of musicians under the title Scad the Beggars, although not all the actual group members were available for these trips. 
For two years in a row we were even invited to perform at their prestigious 'Dalriada Connections Concert'.

Scad the Beggars & friends at 'Dalriada Connections Concert' 2005

Here we are as a concert finale, playing with excellent local musicians, including Ross Kennedy of Canterach plus Les Oman and Anne Leith of The Wild Sarachs
For the following year's festival, our line up had changed a little, but we still had a fabulous time at this event.

Scad the Beggars at 'Dalriada Connections Concert' 2006

As well as playing in concert and in sessions all weekend, we're always keen to make an impression and let as many people as possible hear our music, so we're not shy when it comes to any form of public performance, including a bit of busking on the main street of Campbeltown. 
This is a wonderful way to get the music out to lots of folk, especially young children, who might not be able to attend pub sessions or concerts.

Scad the Beggars playing on the Main Street of Campbeltown


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