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A warm Causeway Coast welcome to Musicians visiting North Antrim.
Please note that passing musicians are always welcome at our Sessions, so if you are coming to this area and are hoping to play some music or sing a few songs with us, please do get in touch. We'd love to meet you & share some tunes, songs & crack. To see which musicians have joined us recently, visit our 'Friends'
I have been playing Scottish & Irish Traditional Music for over 40 years. I work as a professional musician, teaching Traditional Irish and Scottish Music in a number of Primary Schools during the week and Scottish Music in the Ulster-Scots Ullans Centre in Ballymoney. I also promote traditional music in the evenings, in a number of local bars, including an Irish session in Ballycastle, a Ballads & Tunes session in Bushmills & an Ulster-Scots session in Ballymoney, each week.
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.
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.
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.
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