Friday, July 24, 2009

A warm welcome from Scad the Beggars

Scad the Beggars

7 piece group based in North Antrim

We play the music of 
Ulster, Scotland, Northumberland
& Appalachia.

As well as singers, we play a wide variety 
of instruments including:

Scottish Smallpipes, Fifes, Whistles,
Northumbrian Pipes, Fiddles, Mandolins,
English Concertina, Piano Accordion,
Oboe, Harp, Nyckelharpa, Guitar plus
Mountain & Hammered Dulcimers.

We play & sing every Tuesday night in Ma-Kelly's
Church St., Ballymoney.
This is an Open Session so everyone is welcome 
to come along &/or bring an instrument & join in.

As well as our weekly informal session, we have 
performed at a variety of functions & events over 
the years, including Concerts, Burns Nights, 
Weddings, Costume Period Events & in local 
Nursing Homes.

To keep up to date with our activities,
you can follow us on Facebook.

Anyone wishing us to play at their event or 
function, can contact us on:



eMail us at:

Here's a lovely thank you letter I just received, following a recent gig.

"It was a great night, many thanks to yourself, Alan, Sam, Reilly, Sabine, Deborah & Steven.
The performance lived up to my expectations. A member from Wales has even gone home planning to buy low & high whistIes to accompany his wife on the accordion.
There were many compliments on the band and some people said they would have been happy to sit on a lot later!
Thanks again for giving us such great entertainment last Friday night.
I hope to see you at Ma Kelly's sometime in the not too distant future. Very best regards, Mark"

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Ulster-Scots Music Tuition 

Fiddle & Tin Whistle Classes!

Every Tuesday evening in the Ullans Centre, Ballymoney.
All welcome, including complete beginners.
Fiddle: 7 to 8pm ... Tin Whistle: 8 to 9pm

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History of ~ Scad the Beggars

Scad the Beggars
We have actually been on the go, in various guises, since 2002. 
This was when we first got together to promote the
Here's a photo of the original line up.
This Blog then, is a little potted history of our musical journey, so far, we hope you find it interesting. 

Before I start though, perhaps I should just explain that the expression 'Scad the Beggar', which we adapted for our name, is a local term for Mealie-Crushie, which is oatmeal fried in bacon fat, known in some parts of Scotland as Creesh-Mealie - so now you know!

For those not familiar with the music & song of this area, let me explain that, due to the close proximity of Scotland, the music and song popular in North Antrim has always been heavily influenced by Scottish material, so during any typical musical soirée in North Antrim, you would always expect to hear a healthy mixture of both Irish and Scottish material.

If you live in North Antrim, we sincerely hope that you will manage to come along a enjoy our weekly informal Sessions in the Bushmills Inn. If you are yourself a musician and or singer we would especially encourage you to come along and join us, to share your musical talent.

On the other hand, if you are planning to visit this area and would like to come along to one of our Sessions, whether to join in yourself or just to listen, then please do get in touch, either through this Blog or by sending me an  E-mail we look forward to meeting you.

Scad the Beggars ..... NEWS!
Recent Session in Ma-Kelly's
Three popular Scottish Country Dance tunes, played by Scad the Beggars at their weekly session in Ma~Kelly's, Ballymoney, last night, with guest Gwilym Davies on Spoons.

Girl in the Blue Dress / The Kettle Drum / The Piper's Cave!

 'Scad the Beggars' on TV

Watch out for us on your TV, cause we actually feature in a new TV Advert for Northern Ireland, which is doing the rounds just now, in early 2010, & is being seen throughout Scotland, England & Wales.


Dick Glasgow on BBC 1's 'Country Tracks' 

Dick Glasgow was featured in a recent edition of BBC 1's 'Country Tracks'
The show ended up at Dick's other regular weekly session in the Springhill Bar, Portrush, where, as well as featuring clips of the musicians & their music, Dick was interviewed at length by the lovely Ellie Harrison and even gave her a brief lesson in the art of playing the Bodhran.

On the new BBC Ulster Scots website there's a recording of an interview,
dating from 2004, which I gave, where I express a few thoughts
on Ulster Scots Music.
Here's a recent video of us playing in Ma-Kelly's Pub, Ballymoney.

Now, let me introduce you to the members of Scad the Beggars .........


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