Thanks for making St. Pat’s a success!

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Knacker’s Yard circa 1910

Thanks to everyone who booked us and everyone who came out to support! The band was put to the test performing five shows(nine sets)in three days!

Special thanks to Matt and Demian(Irish Times), Esther(Somerset House), Sam and Suzanne(Oak Bay Golf Club), Joanne and Lesley(Monterey Centre), and Susan(Prospect Lake Community Association) for all your hard work. Every event was a success. Congratulations!

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Wolf and Heidi. Warning: Don’t drink green beer! Photo: Cheryl

New Knacker’s Yard Special on Maui Celtic Radio!

New Celtic music, with an interview with Knacker’s Yard in Victoria, on the Maui Celtic Radio Show with Hamish this Sunday, January 8th, only on Blues and Roots Radio at www.bluesandrootsradio.com
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William FitzGerald, Wolf Edwards, Cam, and Hamish 2016

Broadcast: SUNDAY Australia 8pmQLD/9pmVIC, NZ 11pm, UK 10am, Europe 11am (Sat night 12am Hawaii), then again Sunday in Hawaii 11am-1pm, and 1-3pm US/Canada West coast, 2-4pm Mountain time, 3-5pm Central time, 4-6pm Eastern Time, and 9-11pm in Ireland & UK, 10pm-12 Europe. Thanks our underwriters The Irish Rovers, Jason Wolford and Maui Celtic. Cheers!
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Wolf and Hamish @ The Rover’s Retreat 2016. photo by Jennifer Fahrni

Thanks our underwriters The Irish Rovers, Jason Wolford  and Maui Celtic for supporting Knacker’s Yard! Cheers!

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Photo @ Hamish Burgess 2016. Knackers Yard at Irish Times Pub in Victoria, Vancouver Island

August update: “Songs of the Sea” Released!

a0727863465_10After 6 weeks off, the band is back in Victoria, having played two great shows on Protection Island this weekend!

As of August 13, we’re pleased to announce the release of our third album: “Songs of the Sea,” featuring a collection of sea shanties and ballads, plus a few of our favourite instrumental sets! This CD is our first featuring the uilleann pipes, whistle and fiddle.

This latest CD, and both previous releases, are available at any of our shows. Next up, we’re playing the Irish Times on Monday, August 15, the Sidney Street and Ship Point markets on Thursday and Friday, and the Beacon Hill Bandshell on Saturday afternoon. Hope to see you soon!

Knacker’s Yard heads back to Protection Island!

Show at the Dinghy Dock Pub!

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Knacker’s Yard is heading back up island! The band is scheduled to play their second concert at the legendary Dinghy Dock Public House on Protection Island. The show starts at 7:30 so check the ferry schedule! We had a great time playing to a sold out house last year and so can’t wait to do it again! Check our performance schedule for more dates the Dinghy Dock, and Protection Island this summer! For more info:http://dinghydockpub.com/events/knackers-yard-celtic-party/

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Other Exciting News: Knacker’s Yard is currently mixing the music for their third release “Songs of the Sea” featuring, for the first time in session, new member “Prince” William FitzGerald on the fiddle, whistle, and Irish Pipes! Release dates will be announced shortly.

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Knacker’s Yard on the May long weekend!

ucluelet may 21st 2016 pngKnacker’s Yard will be heading up the coast for a show in Ucluelet on May 21st! This will mark the two year point since our last show in Ukee.  We’re excited to play again. The performance will happen at the A.N.A.F., which was slated for dismissal last we were up. But, as you can see, its still rolling as one of the town’s main performance venues!

After Ucluelet we head to Salmon Beach, Toquart Bay, May 22nd, for a private event.

Our third performance for the long weekend will be back in Victoria for the the last day of the Highland Games and Celtic Fest on May 23nd. Visit their site for details: http://victoriahighlandgames.com/games/

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Knacker’s Yard: March 2016 in Review

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Knacker’s Yard 2016

Knacker’s Yard would like to extend their thanks to everyone who invited us to play, and who supported the group, throughout the month of March!

Special thanks to: Bill and all the folks at the 2016 BMW bike, and air show; Demian and the Irish Times Public House; all the organization involved with the Grand Slam of Curling Elite event in Colwood; Maureen and all of our great friends at the Metchosin Bandwagon; Nicola and all the staff at Mary’s Bleu Moon in Sidney; Zhinoos and all of the amazing folks at the Caleb Pike Highlands Coffee House; Patty and the Victoria Folk Society; Margo, Jennifer, Graham, and all at Music Canada for the Port Metro Vancouver boat cruise; the Amica Somerset Seniors Home, Nancy and the Penny Farthing Public House, and everyone who booked us for private events!

You all made March, 2016 an amazing success!

Also, thanks to Brian, Jim, The Highland Games Association and everyone who came out for “Tartan Day,” on April 3rd!! We had a great time and will see you May 23rd at the Highland Games!

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Knacker’s Yard performing at Tartan Day, April 3rd, 2016. Photo credit: Brian Bowman

 

 

 

 

 

The Dinghy Dock and Robert Burns: Update February 1st, 2016

Knacker’s Yard recently performed their first official show in the Nanaimo area! Venue: The Dinghy Dock Pub! It was quite the adventure as we had to ferry it out to the pub, which is located just off of Protection Island. The pub was at capacity for us thereby making it a lovely night. Thanks to everyone who caDinghy-Dock-logome out, we look forward to more shows on the island, and at the pub, this summer! Thanks to Summer and Sandra, as well as everyone we met, for the wonderful hospitality!

We like to showcase the venues we play, so  here is a little info about the pub from their website: The Dinghy Dock Pub & Restaurant has been an attraction in Nanaimo, British Columbia since 1989. The expansive views, relaxed atmosphere and great pub fare make us a popular destination year round. We are the only registered floating pub in Canada making your experience a unique one. We’re moored off beautiful Protection Island

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Protection Island ferry

originally known as Douglas Island. The ramp that connects the pub to the island allows visitors to walk the rock beaches, visit the parks or view the heron rookery, making it feel like you’re on vacation. Whether you arrive by ferry, kayak or private boat it’s our goal to make your trip to The Dinghy Dock Pub and Protection Island a memorable one!

The Dinghy Dock Pub was originally designed to function as a marina. This included a store with bait shop and showers. In 1989 patrons would order and pay for drinks at the bar and do the same for food through a hole in the kitchen wall!  Over the years the Dinghy Dock Pub has expanded three times. The expansions included patios, a family area and enlargement of the kitchen. The original docks surrounding the pub were lower to the water to accommodate the dinghies of yachts anchored in the harbour. Presently our docks range in size and fit vessels as small as kayaks and as large as a 50′ sail or power boat.

 

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Dinghy Dock Pub

Robert Burns Night @ the Prospect Lake Community Center

Thanks to Pamela, Judith, and everyone involved with the Burns night! The evening included traditional ‘piping in the haggis’, poem reading, high land piping, and Knacker’s Yard. We performed all of our Scott repertoire including a Robert Burns song. The event was at capacity, so thanks to everyone who came out! Great food and music.

For those of you who do not know this famous Scott poet, you can check out the official site dedicated to his memory: http://www.robertburns.org/

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Robert Burns(1756-1796)

 

 

 

Update: November, 2015 – Winter is Here!

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NOVEMBER!

Welcome to our November update! With up to three performances per day the summer was a whirlwind of activity! So, unfortunately, its taken us quite some time to update the site. Our apologies.

Although the longer updates are few, you can always check out our upcoming shows either on this site, or on our Facebook page:

(https://www.facebook.com/pages/Knackers-Yard/1411601459122749)

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS – The Sidney Summer Market, Bastion Square Summer Market, Lavender Fest, The Oak Bay Tea Party, The Snowbirds Show, Fern Fest, The Swiftsure Yacht Races, The Metchosin Bandwagon, Cowichan Folk Guild, Ship Point Pier, Centennial Square Summer Concert Series, and much more made the summer a very exciting time. We met hundreds, and performed for thousands, of  people from all over the world! We sold out of our first album, ‘The High St. Demo'(which we re-pressed), and managed to do a second recording(more on that above). Thanks to everyone who supported the band by stopping by and listening, or by purchasing shirts and CDs! It keeps us going.

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Hamish Burgess: artist and host of Maui Celtic Radio

MAUI CELTIC RADIO!

Another great highlight was meeting Hamish Burgess. Hamish is a visual artist, a piper, “Scott of the year,” surfer, the host of Maui Celtic Radio, and much more! After taking in a few Knacker’s Yard shows this last summer, Hamish put together a lovely spotlight on the band for his radio show. This included an exclusive on our6664_604293442915191_510140822_n new record ‘Live At Dunsterville,’ as well as song commentaries and interviews. You can listen to the entire show at: https://www.mixcloud.com/mauiceltic/maui-celtic-show-15-battlefield-bandknackers-yard-sept-27th-brr64/. The spotlight was aired in many different countries. These included Scotland, Australia, Newfoundland, Ireland, UK, The Canadian Maritimes, the Pacific Northwest etc. Thanks Hamish!

To learn more about Maui Celtic Radio, and check out his art go to: http://www.mauiceltic.com/

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Cover Photo for ‘Live at Dunsterville,’ 2015 Photo Credit: Danielle Buchinski

LIVE AT DUNSTERVILLE! – In case you don’t know it, KNACKER’S YARD has a new album out! The title is ‘Live at Dunsterville,’ and was recorded live off the floor at our house on Dunsterville Ave.(hence the title) The CD features eleven tracks of Irish, Scottish, and English folk tunes, as well as one original track(entitled ‘The Milton St. Mine Disaster’).

The album can be downloaded from knackersyard.bandcamp.com for free. or for a donation. You can also contact us for orders! We also have t-shirts for sale, if interested. Both the CDs and T-shirts are $10.00. All money brought in goes towards our next self-release.

UPCOMING – Lots coming up! Between our Christmas Eve show at the Irish Times, and some St. Paddy’s Day events, the Victoria Folk Society(March 13th) and the Metchosin Bandwagon(March 18th), it’s getting busy! So stay tuned, and we hope to see you out at some of the shows! Anyone interested in booking the band for private or public events, feel free to contact us through this site.

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Centennial Square, Summer 2015 Photo: Hamish Burgess

KNACKER’S YARD, NOVEMBER 2015

August 14th, Summer Update!

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Knacker’s Yard, August, 2015

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John and Wolf with Pete from the Junkies

 We’re back with another update! If you’ve been following the band you will know that its been an incredibly busy summer. One of the highlights was our show with THE COWBOY JUNKIES(http://latentrecordings.com/cowboyjunkies/) at the SOUTH END GROOVE YARD(http://www.southendgrooveyard.com/) on Salt Spring Island which happened August 1st. It was a wonderful experience and we had a great time with ‘The Junkies’ over the course of that weekend. They are truly one of the country’s great bands performing both new renditions of their trade mark old psychedelic country/rock music. Special thanks to David and family for having us! Be sure to check out the South End Groove Yard events!

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Knacker’s Yard @ The Irish Times

Our regular gigs at the SIDNEY NIGHT MARKET(Thursdays 5:30Pm-8:30PM), and at the IRISH TIMES PUBLIC HOUSE(Mondays (9:00PM-11:30PM)have been going strong, except when on tour. Feel free to come and support the band at these performances!

We’ve been very regular at the SHIP POINT PIER with their multitude of events, most recently the Snowbirds Air Show. Keep checking our up-coming shows for more Ship Point events, and keep up with them at: http://gvha.v3.ca/n_specialevents.php). Our upcoming shows are August 22nd(Fashion Splash) and the Night Market on August 23rd(check our listings for times). It would be great to see you out!

But, before that, we have a show August 19th from 12PM-1PM at Centennial Square on the outdoor stage as a part of the ‘SUMMER IN THE SQUARE’ Victoria Arts and Culture program(http://www.victoria.ca/EN/main/departments/parks-rec-culture/culture/outdoor-venues/centennial-square/summer.html.). Please come out to support its free and all ages!

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Liam: one of our biggest fans!

We’re also very excited to play a concert at the ‘METCHOSIN BANDWAGON’ on Friday, August 21st from 7PM-9PM at the Metchosin Golf Course (http://metchosinbandwagon.shawwebspace.ca/). For a mere $5 donation you get a full evening of music! Its also worth noting that this is a new program inspired by the ‘HIGHLAND MUSIC COFFEE HOUSE’ nights, which are an amazing musical contribution to the community. Check their schedule out at: http://www.highlands.ca/323/Highlands-Music-Coffee-House. We hope to see you out in Metchosin on August 21st!

Then into September(thus far), we have our continuing, and lovely, relationship with MARY’S BLEUE MOON pub and cafe on Canora Road in Sidney. We perform there on Thursday, September 3rd. If you don’t know this pub, you should! Its a very intimate and fun way to hear some live music. Their site is: http://www.marysbleuemoon.com/ so you can check out their listings for live music!

SLAINTE! A Night of Celtic Music by Joe Supple

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Slainte: Celtic Music Night!

Other exciting news, we have a concert at the MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE (2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney)on September 26th with friend bands CRIKEY MOR(https://www.facebook.com/crikeymor), SETS IN THE WEST(https://www.facebook.com/SetsintheWest), and the VICTORIA SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE(http://www.victoriairishdancers.com/)! This is sure to be a great event(https://www.facebook.com/events/724188331044225)! Tickets are only $15 and can be purchased at: https://ticketpeak.com/slainte  We hope to see you out! This event was made possible thanks to the efforts, and enthusiasm, of Mr. Joe Supple. Thanks Joe!

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    Knacker’s Yard @ Ship Point Pier, 2015

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    Knacker’s Yard @ Ship Point Pier, 2015

Finally, we have our debut at MOBY’S PUBLIC HOUSE(http://mobyspub.ca/) at 124 Upper Ganges Road on Salt Spring Island on October 3rd!

Besides all of that, we are going to be touring with KNACKER’S YARD this autumn, so stay tuned for those dates.

We are also busy with private events. Feel free to get in touch with us for bookings! We are always seeking to fill our schedule of performances, especially through out the winter months.

Contact: knackersyardvictoria@gmail.com or 778 433 7434(Wolf)

All the best, we’ll see you at the shows!

-KNACKER’S YARD, 2015

Summer Time! June 8th/2015 Update

knackers7Hello all! Our apologies for the lack of updates, the band has been very busy! Its been quite the month.  For those of you who do not yet know, we began our outdoor performances at the Sidney Street Market on May 14th! This is a regular gig that happens every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 in downtown Sidney. These outdoor concerts have been very successful and we invite anyone interested in seeing the band live to come out! Last week we had accompaniment from some great young traditional Irish dancers care of the Victoria School of Irish Dancing(http://www.victoriairishdancers.com/), which attracted a great audience and made the performance high impact and a lot of fun! Thanks to Mairead for bringing the girls out!

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Besides the Sidney Street Market, the band had a great time performing three concerts at this years Victoria Highland Games/Celtic Fest ( May 16th and 18th), as well as another three concerts at the Annual  Victoria International Swiftsure Yacht Races (May 22nd and 23rd). Thanks to everyone involved for some great performance opportunities!

On June 4th, we performed at Mary’s Bleu Moon. Great show. Thanks Phil for playing along with the spoons, and Les for performing Raglan Road. Also thanks to Nicola and the staff for always being so easy going. Check out Mary’s Bleu Moon: http://www.marysbleuemoon.com/

swiftsureJune 6th was a very hot, and busy day. We performed at 3:30 in the afternoon at the Sannich Market with the rock band Still Fools, and then for a few hundred people at the 53rd annual Oak Bay Tea Party down at Willows beach.

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Besides all of that, we perform every Monday at the Irish Times Public House from 9PM-11:30PM, so please come join us! Entry is free. This month, we also have a performance at the Irish Times on June 26th. Check our listings and also their site: http://www.irishtimespub.ca/irishtimes

Other news: We just recorded some songs in our house and will be releasing another cd shortly. Thanks to everyone who picked up “The High St. Demo.” I think you will enjoy our new recording as well. We’re hoping to have it out by August.

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Thanks to Allison Green for the photographs, which were taken at Ship Point Pier.

 

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