News & Gigs
I’ve had an eventful start to 2018 starting off with the Session A9 at gig Celtic Connections. Also on the gig was the fab Paul McKenna Band.
The past couple of months have been taken up with a fair amount of studio work including sessions for various albums, CD mastering and planning an exciting new project along side Caithness writer George Gunn. More info to follow but an event, which will hopefully take place in Caithness later this year.
April sees me heading me heading north west to Tongue for the Feis air an Oir weekend .Contact Janette on 01641 541275 or Mhairi on 01641 521 325 for more info.
Also in April I’m heading back down under to New Zealand for the ScotString New Zealand fiddle school and a few gigs. So I’m looking forward catching up with old and new friends in Auckland for what I’m sure is always a great week of music and fun. Visit http://www.scotstring.nz for more info.
The 5th to 7th of May I’ll be working at the Feis Rois Adult Feis in Ullapool, which I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed. It’s a serious weekend of classes, sessions, concerts and good fun. For more info visit https://www.feisrois.org/residential-feisean/adult-feis
Session A9 Upcoming Gigs
Session A9 dates for October 2017
21st The Tolbooth Stirling
22nd Fochabers Institute Fochabers
23rd Soundhouse La Belle Angele Edinburgh
24th Drygate Brewery Glasgow
25th Eden Court Theatre Inverness
26th Carnegie Hall Clashmore
27th Glassel Village Hall Glassel
28th White Church Comrie
It’s been a pretty hectic summer for me with teaching, recording and gigs with some fabulous musicians including Brian McAlpine, Douglas Lawrence, Angus Lyon, Ed Pearlman, Andy Thorburn and Jim Humter to name but a few.
Apart from working with my fiddle students in Caithness and at The Music School in Plockton, I’ve been working at various Feisean and also helping some of the ceilidh trail students who have been out on tour throughout the Highlands this summer.
I also had time to fit in a jaunt down under along with Douglas Lawrence and Angus Lyon as we were invited to teach at this years Scots String New Zealand fiddle school in Auckland. We had a terrific time and played with a met some amazing people from all over New Zealand and Australia.
August finds me heading west to work at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School in the USA. This takes place from the 13th to the 19th of August so I’m looking forward to catching up with some old friends and meeting and playing music along with many new ones.
For more info visit - https://bostonharborfiddleschool.files.wordpress.com
In September I’m heading north twice to Shetland. The first trip is to work with Fiddle Major Margaret Robertson’s fab fiddlers for their Hairst Helly weekend along with my good friend Adam Sutherland. This takes place on the 9th and 10th of September.
Trip number two to Shetland sees me heading up to play with the Ruby Rendall Band who’ll be performing around the island from the 28th to the 30th of September which I’m sure will be a blast.
October and November finds Session A9 heading out on the road for some dates in Scotland and England. More info to follow or check out the Session A9 Facebook page.
The Caithness Mix Room which is my studio in Wick has also kept me on my toes over the summer, including various session work for Skippinish’s new album, Ruby Rendall, Roddy Mathews and others and also many CD mastering projects.
Other upcoming projects include working with Caithness writer, poet and play write, George Gunn plus also gigs with Golspie’s Geordie Jack Band.
Looking forward to our gig at this years Celtic Connections winter music festival in Glasgow. Session A9 will be appearing alongside Le Vent du Nord & De Temps on Friday the 27th of January in the Royal Concert Hall.
Saturday the 18th of February - Feis Inbhir Narainn In Nairn Community Centre. I will be joining a terrific bunch of tutors for a host of classes through out the day. Please visit http://www.nairnfeis.co.uk for more info.
Sunday the 19th of February - I will be joining up with my good friend Ruby Rendall at the Chalmers Mackay Music School in Inverurie where I will be hosting a day of various fiddle classes. For more info visit http://chalmersmackay.co.uk
Saturday the 25th of February - Geordie Jack In Concert at Eden Court Theatre Inverness. I'm looking forward to a great night of songs with Golspie's own and former Colorado front man, Geordie Jack. Visit https://www.eden-court.co.uk/whats-on/shows/geordie-jack-in-concert for more info.
3rd & 4th of March - Feis Chataibh Group Work Weekend In Golspie. Visit http://feischataibh.co.uk for more info.
22nd to 29th April - Scots String NZ. I'm looking forward to bringing my Caithness tunes out to New Zealand. More info to follow.
Over the past few months I've been beavering away putting together my new studio in Wick and now The Caithness Mix Room is my new space for writing / recording / mixing and mastering in my home town of Wick.
After years of visiting many great studios throughout the the UK, I've always yearned for my own space to work that suits my needs and now it's up and running I'm delighted with final result.
The room is based around my Pro Tools setup using Universal Apollo interfaces and Universal Audio Mic Pre Amps and countless UAD plugins.
My recording setup is also portable so I'm able to record projects in various locations and then bring it back to Wick for editing and mixing.
Mastering has been a big part of my life for many years, as before turning to be a full time professional musician and tutor I was a full time mastering engineer for Grampian Records. I've continued mastering over the years using various studios but delighted to have my own new studio up and running.
The studio also hosts a terrific array of sample libraries for orchestral, drum and pianos samples.
Online session work is also available and just some of the most recent sessions I've recorded at the Caithness Mix Room can be heard on Tim Edey's latest album and also Blair Douglas's December 2016 release.
Please don't hesitate to contact me about the studio for your new project and CD mastering, just visit the contact page.
Catch Gordon, Brian & Marc in concert as they perform material from Gordon's new album 'Wick to Wickham' and tracks from the 2001 release 'Shoreside'.
More dates will be added shortly
To read reviews of the new Greentrax album 'Wick to Wickham', go to the press page link above.
A chance to catch Session A9 on the road on their 'Up Close' tour.
The dates are -
Gordon will be performing along side the renowned Colorado front man, Geordie Jack. "An Evening with Geordie Jack & Friends" featuring Geordie plus his two very talented sons - Kevin Jack on guitar, mandolin & vocals and Trevor Jack on cajon, percussion and mouth organ. The concert takes place in The Pickaquoy Centre Kirkwall Orkney at 7.30pm and will feature songs from Geordie's new album and some of his classic Colorado tracks.
Gordon Gunn, Brian McAlpine & Friends will be appearing at this years Shetland Folk Festival 2016 from the 28th of April to 1st of May. We're really looking forward to catching up with new and old friends and I'm sure there will be a tune or two over the weekend.Visithttp://www.shetlandfolkfestival.com for more information of all the performances.
September 2015 sees the release of his new Greentrax Records album “Wick to Wickham”. This album features Brian McAlpine on piano & accordion, Phil Anderson and Marc Clement on guitar, David ‘Chimp’ Robertson on snare & percussion and guest spots from Tim Edey on melodeon and Marc Duff on whistle.
This album features compositions from Gordon, Brian McAlpine, Donald Shaw, Fred Morrison and Mairtin O’Connor.
June 2015 saw the release of “The Musical Map of Caithness”. This is an album of new music and songs specifically written for places of interest in the county of Caithness. All the music is written and performed by Gordon and feature some great session musicians – Billy Peace on accordion, Dougie Pincock on whistles, Becky Milne on clarinet, Grant Lyall on pipe band snare drum, Phil Anderson on guitar and vocals from Nancy Nicolson & Phil Anderson. The renowned broadcaster Iain MacDonald acts as narrator giving brief introductions to the tracks. The songs have been co-written by acclaimed Caithness writer George Gunn and Gordon.