Concerts

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!

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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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Dubh Linn Gate Whistler

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We’re up at The Dubh Linn Gate Whistler! We just wrapped up the Sunday afternoon après show, but we’ll be performing afternoon and evening concerts tomorrow and Tuesday at The Dubh Linn Gate.

Monday January 21st, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM
Tuesday January 22nd, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM

Whistler Dubh Linn Gate
4320 Sundial Crescent #170,
Whistler, BC
No cover charge!

We had a great time with all of our guests at The Metchosin Bandwagon on Friday (they sure know how to dance in Metchosin!) and at The Heatley in Vancouver last night! Always a pleasure!

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page (for live videos, pictures and news!) and Upcoming Shows for concert dates!

Metchosin & Vancouver Shows

Knacker’s Yard will be performing tomorrow night at the Metchosin Golf and Country Club for the “Metchosin Bandwagon!”

The Bandwagon will be at The Metchosin Golf Club
4100 Metchosin Road
January 18th, 7PM-9:30PM
Come early as seats are limited!

After that we’re headed to Vancouver to play at The Heatley on Saturday night;

The Heatley
696 East Hastings
January 19th, 9PM-11PM

Then back to The Dubh Linn Gate Whistler for Sunday-Tuesday!

 

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Visit us at The Dubh Linn Gate Whistler! We’ll have 5 performances at the pub starting Sunday afternoon for an après show and closing with a Tuesday night concert.

Sunday January 13th, 4PM-5PM
Monday January 14th, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM
Tuesday January 15th, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM

Whistler Dubh Linn Gate
4320 Sundial Crescent #170,
Whistler, BC
No cover charge!

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Upcoming Shows for updates!

January at The Irish Times Pub & Dubh Linn Gate Whistler

The Irish Times Pub was awarded “Best Entertainment Experience” (2018) and also “Irish Pub of The Year” (2017) for North American Irish Pubs at the Irish Pubs Global Federation. Knacker’s Yard is glad to be a part of this, and can be found performing at The Irish Times Pub every Monday and Wednesday night (unless we’re on the road!)

In January, we will be missing two of our regular Monday concerts as we will be at The Dubh Linn Gate Whistler. Here’s a list of our January dates at The Times:

Monday January 7th, 9PM-12AM
Wednesday January 9th, 9PM-12AM
Wednesday January 16th, 9PM-12AM
Wednesday January 23rd, 9PM-12AM
Monday January 28th, 9PM-12AM
Wednesday January 30th, 9PM-12AM

The Irish Times Pub
1200 Government Street, Victoria BC
Call (250) 383-7775 to reserve a table.
Music runs from 9PM-12AM each evening
No cover charge, 19+ after 9PM

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Knacker’s Yard at The Dubh Linn Gate Whistler, December 2018

We’ll also be performing at the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub in Whistler throughout the winter. Concerts include evening shows and après. Here’s our January schedule for the Dubh Linn Gate Whistler:

Sunday January 13th, 4PM-5PM
Monday January 14th, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM
Tuesday January 15th, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM
Sunday January 20th, 4PM-5PM
Monday January 21st, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM
Tuesday January 22nd, 4PM-5PM and 9PM-12AM

Whistler Dubh Linn Gate
4320 Sundial Crescent #170,
Whistler, BC
No cover charge!

Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Upcoming Shows for updates!
Knacker’s Yard is also available for private functions and parties. If you have an event that you are planning please contact the band here.

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Knacker’s Yard at the Mclean Mill, Port Alberni. Photography by Darran Chaisson

 

Happy New Year!

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Knacker’s Yard, Photographed by Darran Chaisson, December 22, 2018

Best wishes to all of our friends and fans in the New Year!

Knacker’s Yard has had the pleasure of doing over 240 concerts and performances in 2018, including tours of Vancouver Island, mainland British Columbia and Alberta. Heading into the new year, our sights are set on (finally) touring in Ireland and the UK, as well as continuing our regular touring schedule throughout Western Canada.

We’ve met so many wonderful people, and performed at some equally amazing events and venues during this past year. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible! Slàinte mhòr!

In January we have concerts scheduled at the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub in Whistler, as well as at The Irish Times Pub in Victoria, The Metchosin Golf Club and the Central Saanich Seniors’ Centre Association. Check out our Upcoming Shows for details and dates!

Also in the works is a new album which should be available by the end of January. Titled “The New West Session,” this album was recorded live off the floor, with the entire band playing together in the same room. The session was recorded direct onto 2″ magnetic tape at Fiasco Brothers Recording Studio (Engineered by Len Osanic)

We’ve uploaded two videos from The New West Session onto our Youtube Channel

In addition to these videos, our first five albums are also available for free streaming on our Youtube Channel.