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UK/Ireland Tour 2019!

We are still finalizing a couple of shows for the tour but here is where you can find us if you happen to be over the ocean far away or have friends/family who are! See our upcoming shows page for more details.

United Kingdom Dates:

June 7 – Basingstoke Irish Society
June 8 – Dummer Village Hall, Basingstoke
June 9 – Blue Ball Pub, Kintbury
June 13 – Hyde Tavern, Winchester
June 14 – South Holland Centre, Spalding

Ireland Dates:

June 15 – Dingle – Dick Mack’s TBC
June 16 – Galway – McGettigan’s TBC
June 17 – Dublin – O’Shea’s Merchant Pub
June 18 – Dublin TBC

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Two Week Countdown to UK/Ireland Tour!

It’s hard to believe that we are leaving for our UK/Ireland tour two weeks today! May has been another busy month for us with a ton of private gigs alongside our usual Irish Times shows. We had our first wedding gig of the summer at Merridale Cidery, a private show at the beautiful Horticulture Centre of the Pacific, a belated “CD Release” show at the Corner Lounge in Nanaimo and a private engagement party out in Metchosin. The weather was mostly glorious for all of the shows and we are getting excited to play more outdoor gigs as the summer season approaches.

Playing the ceremony for Geoff and Julia’s wedding at the Merridale Cidery in Cobble Hill.

This past Victoria long weekend we closed out the Victoria Highland Games with a two set performance on Monday afternoon. Unfortunately the authentically Scottish weather and copious amounts of rain meant the crowds had thinned a bit but we still had a good turnout and a very enjoyable performance indeed!

Our performance at the 156th annual Victoria Highland Games this year. Two years ago, this was Steve’s very first gig with the band!

Preparations for our UK/Ireland tour have also been in full swing and getting “paid performer” visas for the UK has proved to be an obscenely painstaking and painful process. The paperwork process alone combined with a trip into Vancouver to get biometrics done (they aren’t messing around!) was lengthy and the source of ample migraines. Not to mention how much the band fund has taken a hit – it’s insane how expensive the whole process has been! But undoubtedly it’s going to be worth it.

Andrew and Florence (our hosts in the UK and the reason we are able to make this tour happen at all!) have been incredible about helping us out with a rental van, sound gear, accommodation for when we are there and with organizing a number of gigs that will be part of the tour. They met us over a year ago when we were playing a gig on Saltspring and asked us last summer how we would feel about coming over to play their wedding. Of course we said yes and are so excited to see them again and be part of their special day!

We have a number of exciting shows lined up for the UK. Our first show will be at the Basingstoke Irish Centre the day after we arrive. Some of the gigs we are playing include a village hall ceilidh, a beer festival, the Hyde Tavern in Winchester, and the South Holland Centre in Spalding. Along with these gigs, we will be doing some busking as well in Winchester, Salisbury, Cambridge and any other nearby towns we feel like checking out! As for Ireland, we have one gig organized in Dublin at Ned O’Sheas Merchant Pub and one pending in Dingle at Dick Mack’s pub, otherwise we will be busking on the streets and playing for beer in the local pubs – and just see what happens! We’re very interested to see how our music goes down across the pond, in England too but especially in Ireland!

O’Sheas Merchant Pub in Dublin where we will be playing on June 18th!

There are just a couple more things to organize before we leave (i.e. figuring out how to pack as light as possible and how to make sure our instruments don’t get damaged along the way, being interviewed next week about our tour by BBC Radio Lincolnshire on their afternoon show (!!!) and trying to finalize a couple more gigs), however the hard work has already been done and we are forever in debt to Andrew and Flo for making this happen for us! Three of the five band members have never left the continent before, so it is going to be a huge adventure for all of us. We will be taking lots of videos and photos to share with everyone back at home so be sure to keep posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages while we are away!

It’s been a busy couple of months!: Update April 3rd, 2019

The last few months for Knacker’s Yard have been busy ones full of change and lots of gigs, both near and far. Here’s an update to let you know what we’ve been up to so far in 2019!

Our Winter season this year was the busiest one we’ve had yet! From playing the Whistler Dubh Linn Gate at least once a month, a great north Island tour up to Port MacNeill and Sointula, gigs in Vancouver and our first on Bowen Island, we didn’t have one free weekend from November until the end of February!

Holiday season at The Irish Times

It was great to keep so busy over the Winter months and played many festive holiday and solstice celebrations, both locally at the Irish Times (most notably our packed Christmas Eve show), as well as in Metchosin, Vancouver, Bowen Island, Port Alberni, Protection Island and Ucluelet.

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A dance floor full of waltzers at the Metchosin Golf Club

Wolf Edwards, Sidney Street Market

 

In February, our founder, lead vocalist and banjo player Wolf Edwards had to leave the band suddenly  for personal reasons. After some lengthy and arduous emergency meetings and rehearsals, the band reemerged with four new lead vocalists in Bronwyn, Jon, Cody and Steve. It was only after a couple of very stressful and instrumental-heavy first gigs at The Irish Times that we finally started to find our feet. Wolf will be missed by all and we wish him the very best.

Along with performing gigs throughout February, we had to prepare for our BC/Alberta tour by refinishing our new bus. Thanks for the generous donations we received through our Go Fund Me campaign, we managed to raise just over $3000! On the two weekends we had free and with our friend Mark Leigh at the helm, we managed to transform the bus into a safe and comfortable living space for tour that was completed just in time.

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The fabulous work team

As if we weren’t busy enough already, on February 28th at Circle A Studios (owned and run by our own in-band sound engineer, Cody Baresich, who mixed and mastered the whole thing), we recorded our first album of instrumentals, “Jigs and Reels” which was released a month later on March 27th, 2019. This is our sixth album and is now available for streaming online and well as for purchase at any of our gigs!

Picking up the new album in Langley at Precision Discs on our way back from tour

March was our craziest month yet this year with 25 gigs in 20 days! Before leaving for tour, we had a number of interesting (mostly St. Patrick’s related) gigs both on and off the island, some of the notable ones being our final series of shows in Whistler for the season, an office party in Vancouver, a show at the Comox air force base, and a great St. Patrick’s eve show at the Metchosin Hall as a benefit for Scouts Canada.

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Our St. Patrick’s office party with Post Pro Media

And then it was time for tour! We left early on Sunday March 17th on the 7:00AM ferry and drove all the way to Kamloops where we played a festive and fun St. Patrick’s show at The Blue Grotto. We were on the road for the next 9 days playing the “Seven Drunken Nights” tour (even though there were 9 nights, we were certainly delirious enough by the end of it) with shows in Kelowna, Banff, Canmore, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. All in all, it was a very successful tour: we saw lots of beautiful mountains, had some very comfortable sleeps in our new bus, played for new fans (and old ones) and even had a couple of sold out shows!

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Our gig in Calgary, a return to The Ironwood

The tour bus and band in Canmore

Our very windy jam session on the ferry ride home

The band pre-sound check in Kamloops at The Blue Grotto

April will be a bit of a quieter month for us as we learn more songs and play mostly at The Irish Times, as well as Tartan Days in Centennial Square this coming Saturday afternoon (April 6th).

As always, thanks for reading and supporting us and we hope to see you out at a gig sometime soon!

“Jigs and Reels” Album out March 27th!

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We are excited to announce the sixth release from Knacker’s Yard, a full-length album of instrumental Irish and Scottish jigs, reels, slides, and hornpipes, as requested by fans!

The album will be released for sale on March 27th and if you live in Victoria, please come out to our release party at The Irish Times Pub, 9-12 to celebrate and purchase a copy!

If you do not live in Victoria but would like the album sent to you, please fill out this online pre-order form and we can send you the album in the mail for $15 including shipping and handling fees (e-transfer or pay pal payments only).

And if you just can’t wait until the 27th, check out our bandcamp page for a free download of one of the tracks: “Kid on the Mountain.”

Announcing our Seven Drunken Nights Tour through BC and Alberta! March 17th-26th

In honour of St. Patrick’s Day and to celebrate Celtic culture and tradition beyond March 17th, we are excited to announce our “Seven Drunken Nights” tour coming up March 17-26th through BC and Alberta!

Here are the shows we’ll be playing! Check out our “Upcoming Shows” page for more details.

March 17th – The Blue Grotto, Kamloops
March 18th- Kelowna Yacht Club
March 19th – Banff Legion
March 20th – Canmore Legion
March 21st – Ironwood, Calgary
March 22nd- The Vat, Red Deer
March 23rd – Blackbird Cafe, Edmonton
March 24th – Edmonton Legion
March 25th – Milkcrate Records, Kelowna

Launch of our Go Fund Me Campaign!

 

We have just launched a GoFundMe campaign to help us raise money for a new bus! We no longer have Goldie to travel around in and we have found a new bus – the problem is, our March tour is coming up quick and we can’t afford to pay for the conversion. That’s where you come in!

Your generous contributions will go towards:
-Paying off the bus.
-Equipping the bus with safety features, including seat belts.
-Building sleeping spaces for touring band members and family
-Outfitting RV components like a fridge, sink and stove to complete the official RV conversion requirements.
-Mechanical inspection and any required repairs or upgrades.

If you enjoy our music and want to help us keep bringing it to you, please donate! Any help, large or small, would be hugely appreciated!

Thank you!

https://www.gofundme.com/Keep-Knackers-Yard-On-The-Road

IRISH TIMES PUB

Drop by for a pint and a song at Victoria’s Irish Times Pub! Knacker’s Yard will be performing down there four times this week.

Monday January 28th, 2019
Wednesday January 30th, 2019
Friday February 1st, 2019
Saturday February 2nd, 2019

At The Irish Times Pub
1200 Government Street, Victoria, BC
9PM – 12AM (12:30AM on Friday & Saturday)
Free!

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