Friday, July 24, 2009

A warm welcome from Scad the Beggars

Scad the Beggars

6 piece group based in North Antrim

Scad the Beggars playing at the annual Broadisland Gathering

Watch the video: 

Broadisland Gathering - Scad the Beggars

We play the music and song of 
Ulster, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland.

We play a wide variety of instruments, including:

Northumbrian Smallpipes, Fifes, Whistles, Fiddles, Mandolins,
English Concertina, Piano Accordion, Oboe, Harp, Nyckelharpa, Guitar 
plus Hammered Dulcimer.

Scad the Beggars playing at the annual Broadisland Gathering

We play & sing every Thursday night in
The Diamond Bar, Ballymoney.
This is an Open Session so everyone is welcome 
to come along &/or bring an instrument & join in.
You'll get a flavour of this session by watching this video:

Weekly Session in the Diamond Bar, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim

Scad the Beggars playing in concert in Bushmills

We also play every Saturday night in the Bushmills Inn.

Scad the Beggars playing at the Ballymoney Farmers Market

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.

Scad the Beggars playing at a Wedding Reception

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

Scad the Beggars playing at a recording for Radio Ulster

Playing at a Burns Night in Ballymoney

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

Tel: 07706825666


eMail us at:

Scad the Beggars performing at a function in Carrickfergus

To watch more videos of Scad the Beggars visit our YouTube Playlist

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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Sam & Riley
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Deborah & Steven
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Scad the Beggars at an open air event in Bushmills

Ulster-Scots Music Tuition 

Fiddle & Tin Whistle Classes!

Every Thursday evening in the Ullans Centre, Ballymoney
All welcome, including complete beginners.
Fiddle: 7 to 8pm ... Tin Whistle: 8 to 9pm
Tel: 028 2766 8897

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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 each Thursday night in the Diamond Bar, Ballymoney and each Saturday night 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 Diamond Bar
Scad the Beggars playing three popular Scottish Country Dance tunes,at their weekly session in the Diamond Bar, Ballymoney.

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 an edition of BBC 1's 'Country Tracks'
The show ended up at 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.

BBC 1's 'Country Tracks' 

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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