On May 19th we had a brilliant night playing at Kirkcaldy Acoustic Music Club. We started the day by driving through to Heather’s new house in Cowie for a rehearsal, before heading through to Kirkcaldy in the evening for the gig. We played two 45 min slots, with a raffle in between. It was such a friendly wee club to play at, with some great characters in attendence!
On the 12th June we were invited to play the closing set at Culross Festival. We were part of ‘Folk Sessions Girl Power’ alongside Robyn And Her Merry Men, Kate in The Kettle, Horizontal Sunday and Jemima Thewes & The Fuse.
Culross Festival is a great community event in a lovely setting next to the Firth of Forth. Our concert was in the main marquee, and we were very glad the rain stayed off for us! We were grateful to everyone who braved the chill to listen to our set, which finished off the four-day event. Thanks to Culross for having us!
We were delighted to be performing once more at the Royal Highland Show on June 26th. This was our third time to play at it and we were doing something a little bit different this time: hosting some childrens workshops as part of the Royal Highland Education Trust. This took place indoor at the Education Trust centre, which we were quite thankful for, as the weather that day turned out pretty showery! Also taking place in the centre was cookery and nutrition classes, among many other activities for youngsters, so the centre was full of parents and kids of all ages.
We held three workshops altogether, in which we performed some of our music and talked to the children about Scottish music. We really enjoyed interacting with the kids, asking them questions about our instruments, our favourite reply, when asked “what are harp strings made from?”, was “cats whiskers!”. At the end of each workshop we had a “come and try” session where we allowed the kids to come try our instruments. This was great fun and there was lots of interest in each instrument. We hope we inspired some future musicians!
At the start of July we had a lovely wee gig down in Dumfries. It was for Claire's mum's birthday party which took place on their family farm. We performed on a stage in the barn after a set from our support act – Claire and her fiance Michael! It was a lovely setting and we had a really nice evening.
Our next gig was in Aberdeenshire, at Stonehaven Folk Festival. Now in it’s 28th year, this well established festival hosts a variety of brilliant artists and attracts punters from all over the UK and abroad.
We arrived in town on Saturday evening, and were greeted at the town hall by Meg, who sorted us out with our artist packs. Already we were feeling the great atmosphere of the festival – the town hall was full of people waiting to get into the night time gig with Dáimh, Tannara and Ross Miller & Charlie Stewart.
We made our way to our accommodation at the Belvedere Hotel, where there was a couple of sessions already in full swing! We weren’t performing until the following day so it was lovely to relax Saturday night with lots of music going on around us.
Sunday lunchtime we played in the marquee at market square. Unfortunately it was pouring down, but that didn’t dampen the crowds spirits as the tent was full to bursting! We were due to perform straight after a wee girl who sang, played guitar and mouth organ. She was absolutely amazing! It was a hard act to follow.
We played three songs to an exuberant crowd, finishing off with ‘Ramblin’ Rover’ which everyone joined in with. We then headed to the community centre, where we gave some workshops; Heather for harp, Claire for singing, Tina for flute and Gráinne for composition. The two hour workshops flew by, and we all really enjoyed them.
That night we were playing at the concert in the town hall, along with Dallahan and Blazin’ Fiddles. Dallahan were up first and played an absolute stormer. The venue was rather warm so there were some very sweaty boys backstage after their gig! We were up next with a 50 minute set. It was a great gig to play, as the crowd were very relaxed and receptive.
In between all our gigs we have been working very hard on our debut album. Keep up to date with the latest news on our website - www.topfloortaivers.com