highland games

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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Upcoming Shows!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out the Tartan Day Celebration in  Centennial Square yesterday. Next up is our recording session at Baker Studios which starts tomorrow morning! As we will be in the studio, we won’t be at the Irish Times on Monday April 9th. (We will be back at The Times on Wednesday April 11th)

 

Next weekend;

Friday April 13th, 2018
Knacker’s Yard at Moby’s Pub
Ganges, Saltspring Island
9PM – Close
7$ at the Door

Saturday April 14th, 2018
Life is a Celebration Despite ALS
Cedar Room,  Saanich Fairgrounds
1528 Stelly’s Cross Rd, Saanichton BC
Tickets available on Eventbrite
7:30PM – 11:00PM

HORSESHOE KNACKERS

Knacker’s Yard Performs at the BC Highland Games June 17th!

Our first appearance at the BC Highland Games in Coquitlam (unceded Kwikwetlem territory)! Join us for two sets of Irish, Scott, and English songs, ballads, shanties, jigs, slides, and reels! Performed in the Irish street ballad style.

Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam, BC.

1PM-1:45PM at the Main Stage
2:45PM – 3:45PM at the Beer Garden Stage

http://bchighlandgames.com/home/schedule-of-events/

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Some pictures from the Victoria Highland Games yesterday! Knacker’s Yard will be performing again today (May 22nd) at the Celtic Music Tent from 4PM-5PM, then heading down to Victoria’s Irish Times Pub for an evening performance starting at 9PM!
Enjoy the sun! Looks like summer is finally on it’s way!

Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Fest
Irish Times Pub

 

Today! Highland Games and Evening Ceilidh with Knacker’s Yard and Blackthorn!

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Knacker’s Yard at home!

Knacker’s Yard will be performing at the Highland Games’ Celtic Tent from 3-4PM today.
Check out their website to see the schedules for the Celtic Entertainment Stage and the Celtic Music Tent: www.victoriahighlandgames.com

This evening is the concert with Blackthorn and the Victoria School of Irish Dance!
Tickets online at www.ticketpeak.com/res/slainte

Blackthorn (Vancouver) www.blackthornband.com is one of Vancouver’s longest-running Celtic acts. Check out their website for more info!

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Tonight at the Victoria Event Centre!

Tonight! Knacker’s Yard, Old Black Rum and the Victoria School of Irish Dance!

Kick off your weekend with a Celtic ceilidh!

Dance, drink & music! Spread the word!

Tickets for tonight & Sunday night for sale online at ticketpeak.com/res/slainte

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Knacker’s Yard at the 154th Annual Victoria Highland Games and Celtic Fest (2017)

Knacker’s Yard will be performing at the 154th Annual Highland Games and Celtic Fest in Topaz Park, Victoria BC on Sunday May 21st & Monday May 22nd 2017.

Find us in the Celtic Music Tent @ 3-4PM on Sunday and 4-5PM on Monday.

Check out the schedule of events on the Highland Games website for full schedules of Dance and Music events at the Games. There is a lot to check out this year! See you there!

Also, see our other event listings – Knacker’s Yard will be performing in the evenings at various venues throughout the weekend.