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23 December 03
Caithness Country Music Festival
Local country music enthusiasts have come together to organise the event at Thurso's Gillock Park and caravan site between the 9th - 11th April. The three-day event will feature five live shows with headline acts of international standing and will also feature popular local, Scottish and Irish bands.  Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) has awarded organisers, the Northern Nashville Country Music Club, a funding support package totalling £9,900, which includes £7,000 from the European-funded Community Economic Development (CED) programme........................

10 December 03
Boss Hogg Web Site
Another local band web site with details of their music, news and band members.

10 December 03
"The Fiddle Workshop" A New Tuition CD From Karen Steven
This month sees the release of local musician Karen Steven's latest CD entitled "The Fiddle Workshop." It is aimed at fiddlers wishing to expand their repertoire of tunes.  This is a double CD consisting of over 2 hours of recording.  The recording begins with all 14 tunes performed in 3 sets on fiddle (Karen Steven) and piano (Anne Taylor).  Eleven of the 14 tunes are traditional and the final 3 tunes are Karen's own compositions.  Karen has two other fiddle CD's which can be seen on her web site.  You can also hear sample tracks from the earlier ones on the web site or from the links on this item.  If you know someone learning to play this might make a good stocking filler.

20 November 03
The Traditional Musicians In Schools project run by Fèis Rois is continuing to sweep through primary schools throughout Scotland this winter with the Caithness area next to be visited. Fèis Rois, a Highland traditional arts organisation.  The group will visit 17 Primary schools over a six-day period beginning at the end of November. The visits will take place in the following areas; Wick, Thurso, Reay, Halkirk, Castletown, Dunnet, Bowermadden, Keiss, Watten, Thrumster, Lybster and Dunbeath. It is estimated that 900 children will benefit from the experience.  The visits will be conducted by a very experienced team being led by acclaimed local musician Addie Harper. He will be accompanied by fiddler Claire Campbell, singer Maeve Mackinnon and harpist and singer Kathleen Graham.....................more

2 November 03
Traditional Scottish Music Workshop Evening Concert Sets The Mood For The Future
The traditional music workshops day moved on to an evening concert in Mackays hotel on Saturday night that turned out to be one of the best musical evenings in Caithness.

1 November 03
Traditional Music Workshops A Big Success

26 October 03
Northern Nashville Country Music Club

Heather Myles And The Cadillac Cowboys
Friday 7 November
All the way from California on a three stop tour in Scotland in Thurso Perth and Ayr.

21 October 03
Pentland Brass Get UKAEA Donation
UKAEA Dounreay recently donated £100 towards the cost of instruments and music for Pentland Brass Band.  The band was formed in February 2003 and this month they played their music to the public for the first time in aid of funds for the Highland Hospice at St Peters Church, Thurso.  Colin Gregory, UKAEA is pictured here presenting the cheque to Ricky Mackay and Colin Turnbull of the Pentland Brass Band.

20 October 03
Traditional Music Work Shops Organisers
Have Had Huge Respons

The workshops have totally sold out so much so that the organisers are urgently trying to arrange another fiddle tutor to cope with numbers.
Evening Concert Saturday 1 November 2003
The evening concert in MacKays Hotel will feature workshop participants performing a piece along side their tutor and all tutors will be performing individually and in groups. Concert will start @ 7.30pm, with tickets at the door which are based on a first come first served basis priced at £4 & £3.  Interest for advanced concert tickets has so far been high so it's a case of get there early as tickets are only available at the door on the night.......................

8 October 03
Piping and Chanter Competitions

Wick RBLS Pipe Band will be holding their annual piping and chanter competitions in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick on Saturday 15th November commencing at 10.00am. There will be various competitions for juniors and open. Most of the competitions are for solos but there will also be competitions for junior and open trios.
Application forms are available from Pipe Major Bobby Coghill, 19 Elzy Road, Staxigoe, Wick KW1 4QU telephone 01955 602907

2 October 03
Song Of Wick
The kids from four Wick primary schools in classes P6 and P7 performing a series opf 10 songs about the histroy of Wick written by George Gunn and staged with the help of Grey Coast Theatre company.

29 September 03
Kylie, Christina, Beyonce & Travis Confirmed
The MTV Europe Music Video Awards, which are due to be held in Edinburgh later this year, will be hosted by Christina Aguilera, and acts will include Kylie Minogue, Byonce Knowles and Travis.  Speaking at a ceremony in London to announce the host and nominees for the awards, First Minister Jack McConnell said that Scotland is the place to be, now and in the future.  The event also marked the beginning of ‘The Road To Edinburgh’ – a series of concerts across Britain that will culminate in the awards themselves on November 6.

15 September 03
Musicians in the Highlands and Islands are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to £500 through a new initiative launched today by HI~Arts.  The Musicians' Awards scheme has been devised by the arts development agency in a bid to help musicians develop their talents, and is being jointly funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Arts Council.  It is open to both performers and composers, and although only professional musicians are eligible to apply for a grant, those aspiring to professional status may also qualify for assistance.  Grants are available towards a range of costs, including training courses, travel for research purposes, participation in events and the production of demo tapes.
HI~Arts director Robert Livingston explains the aims of the scheme:
"HI~Arts already offers similar schemes for writers and artists, and we've found that often just a few hundred pounds are enough to make a difference at a crucial time.  This new scheme is just part of our ongoing support for the development of the music industry in the Highlands and Islands under the MIDAS banner."
Application forms and information on the scheme's guidelines are available from John Saich at HI~Arts on 01463 717091.

14 September 03
Watato Children's Choir

Wednesday 24 September 7.00pm - Pulteneytown Parish Church, Wick
The Watato Children's Choir is from Kampala Uganda.  Their performance is a soulful blend of African rhythms, contemporary gospel music and ethnic dance.  Proceeds to Watato Children's Choir and Mercy Ships.

Wick Accordion And Fiddle Club - Bill Black Band 14 September
Tuesday 16 September 7.30pm Mackays Hotel - In addition to Bill Black's band other local artists will be in action.

14 September 03
Garrioch Blend Scottish Dance Band - For Lybster Day Centre

Monday 22 September 7.30pm Portland Arms Hotel, Lybster

14 September 03
Martin Cuffe and Band - Country Music From Triple C Country Club
Friday 19 September - Dounreay Club, Wick - Members and Non Members Welcome.  Tickets from Janis.

8 September 03
Saxophone Workshop
Saturday 13 September Thurso High School
Carol Sutherland will deliver a free workshop for players of all standards 11.am - 1.00pm.  No booking - just turn-up with your sax.

8 September 03
Saxophone Recital

Carol Sutherland and Scott Mitchell
Saturday 13 September 8.00pm Thurso high School.  entry free  - donations welcome.

3 September 03
Assembly Rooms, Wick
11 October 03

The best of Broadway and the West End shows.  Music from Les Miserables, The Producers, Mamma Mia, Lion King and many more.....
Tickets From Music Shops In Wick and Thurso Tel 01955 603553 and 01847 892838

2 September 03

Scottish Chamber Orchestra - In Thurso
Friday 19 September 8.00pm - Thurso High School
- Haydn, Bottesini. Moxart and Beethoven
Bookings at The Music Shops in Wick and Thurso

1 September 03
Traditional Music Work Shops - Wick 1 November 2003
Some of the best exponents of traditional music are being lined up to run tuition and special classes in a day of workshops.  To see more and book a place head over to the Gordon Gunn Band web site.
Tutors include -  Charlie McKerron – fiddle (Capercaillie / Session A9) Ruby Rendall – guitar (Ruby Rendall Band / Chalmers MacKay Music Schools) Addie Harper jnr – accordion (Addie Harper Band)
Gordon Gunn – fiddle (Gordon Gunn Band / Session A9) Bruce Macgregor – fiddle (Blazin Fiddles)
Louise MacKenzie – fiddle (Experienced Feis Tutor) Marc Clement – guitar (Blazin Fiddles)
Adults £25 Children £20 - includes morning and afternoons sessions, lunch and evening concert

15 August 03
Thurso Live Music Association 2003 - 2004
TLMA have lined up a new season of musical experiences for 2003 - 2004.  Tickets can be purchased for each performance but by far the cheapest way is to buy a season ticket allowing entrance to all of the events.  Even if you miss one or two you will still be ahead.  In addition in September ahead of the main season are three extra concerts. 

12 August 03
University Of The Philippines Concert Chorus - A Huge Hit In Caithness Once Again
The Rotary Club of Thurso sponsored concert by the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus played to full house at Thurso High School on Monday evening and a further big audience is expected for their second concert to night, Tuesday 12th August.  The Chorus make a welcome return to Thurso after a six year gap.  The choir are one of the World’s best and their Monday performance was ample evidence of their quality........

31 July 03
La Bottine Sourinante
La Bottine Souriante
(The Smiling Boot)
Two Free Live Outdoor Concerts
Tuesday 5 August 2003 8.00pm  Market Square, Wick
Wednesday 6 August 2003 8.00pm  The Precinct, Thurso 


14 July 03
Thurso Pipe Band 90 Years
Massed Bands Parade -  Saturday 19 July

In its 90th year the Thurso pipe band are holding a massed pipe bands in Princes St, Thurso on the 19th of July
The bands are Wick, Kirkwall City, Caithness Juniors and Thurso.  The parade starts at 7:30pm.
History Of Thurso Pipe Band

14 July 03
Live Music in Ebenezer’s, Wick
Friday 18th July  with the Outlanders
Friday 25th
July with After Hours
Gala Week Special Thursday 31st with the Outlanders

9 July 03
Caithness Country Music Festival
The NNCMC is to run a country music festival 9 - 11 April 2004. the festival will take place in Gillock Park, Thurso and the local caravan site will open to allow people to use the caravan camp site.

30 June 03
Mon 7 July, 2.00 pm - Blue Monday Club, Ormlie Centre, Thurso;
Meet the Professionals and its FREE.  Anyone thinking about a career in the music business will have the chance to find out how to get started at a series of Highlands and Islands workshops tied in with the upcoming Proclaimers tour.  Unlike TV shows like Popstars or Fame Academy, the 'Get Into Music' workshops have been designed to be just as relevant to those interested in working behind the scenes - in recording, production or distribution for example - as they are for budding performers......................................

28 June 03
After Hours At Ebenezers Bar, Wick Last Night



22 June 03
Need To Print A CD Case Cover
Here is a handy little web site to let you print the covers for CD's to the correct size with all the song titles etc in place.  Easy to use and FREE.

15 June 03
Halkirk Gala - The Big Band Got Halkirk In The Mood


3 June 03
Caithness Music Festival 2003 Pictures

26 May 03
Reel Society On Song For Brilon
Thurso and Dounreay Strathspey & Reel Society were helped on their way to Brilon in August with a cheque from Thurso & District Round Table on Tuesday night when they received a cheque for £250.00 from Chairman Graham Douglas and Fundraising Convenor Alan Simpson.   The Society have their 25th Annual Concert in the Thurso High School on the 7th June at 7.30 with guests Gavin Piper- Accordion, Raymond Bremner - singer from Wick and compere Andy Ross from Caithness FM.

26 May 03
MADD Get A Web Site
The MADD - Music Art Drama and Dance group have their own web site up and running for all their latest shows and some stuff from the past.

22 May 03
On Wednesday 28th May 2003 there will be a feast of traditional music on offer in Wick when traditional music students from the North Highland College in Alness will put on a show in the Pipe Band Hall, High Street, Wick. The students are tutored by local Caithness musicians Bobby Coghill and Karen Steven.  The performances will include piping duets, fiddle and keyboard solos, tunes on the box and a 9 piece ceilidh band! There will be some songs – traditional Irish, contemporary Scottish and some country for good measure, there will also be a special guest appearance by the North Highland Juvenile Pipe Band whose piping tutor is again Bobby Coghill.

11 May 03
Looking For Bands To Play Midsummer Event In Wick

Midsummer Event in Wick Market Sq.
We are looking for bands / artistes of any description to provide entertainment during Saturday 21st June afternoon and evening,  1/2 hour spot.  A PA and stage will be available. - Allan Farquhar - Contact:

Wick Fiddle & Accordion Club 11 May
Tuesday 20 May 7.30pm Mackays Hotel - With Marian Anderson SDB

8 May 03


Dances In The Wilds  - A New CD From Karen Steven
Karen Steven a Caithness violinist has brought out her next CD with more local connections.  
Karen says "Two years ago I was asked to represent Caithness and was commissioned by the Highland Festival to compose some music to be performed at their millennium concert in Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.

7 May 03
Ex Wicker DEREK "Dez" POLLARD Still Rockin
Dez has formed a band down in Reading, Berks. The band name is Ziegler,   Dez plays bass and sing backing vox. The web site is http://ziegler.tk    Getting some pretty good reviews over at the BBC for one.



15 April 03
Session A9 From Gordon Gunn Band and Friends
The latest CD from the band has been taken from all the travelling they do up and down the A9.  but the cracking line-up of musicians is likely to make this a best seller for CD collections all over.


The album features four fiddles:-
Charlie McKerron - Capercaillie Gordon Gunn - Gordon Gunn Band Duncan Chisholm - Wolfstone Adam Sutherland - Croft No. 5  Backed up by:-
Brian McAlpine
- keyboards (Pearlfishers / Gordon Gunn Band)
Tim Edey - melodeon & guitar (Sharon Shannon Band)
Kris Drever - guitar & vocals (Fine Friday / Ivan Drever Band)
Ewan Vernal - double bass (Deacon Blue / Capercaillie)
David "Chimp" Robertson - percussion (Capercaillie)

10 April 03
Northern Nashville Country Music Club
Just had their AGM.   You can get more details of what's on etc from the web site www.nncmc.ukf.net

5 April 03
Caithness SWRI Choir Wins National Final In Wick

5 April 03
Stars In Their Eyes At Blackstairs Lounge

Friday night saw another successful "Stars In their Eyes" night at the Blackstairs Lounge. ...................................

4 April 03
Star Of The North - Daniel McPhee
Originally released on cassette in 1992
but re-released as a CD in March 2003.
See here for MP3 files of some tracks.



Thurso Accordion And Fiddle Club 27 March
Monday 7 April 8.00pm - Musical Evening - Pentland Hotel, Thurso - Members and Non Members
Alastair Hunter Trio

24 March 03
Ticket To The Island

24 March 03

Acid Inc

24 March 03
Jack Infected Jill

24 March 03
Pictures From Redwood  on Saturday 22 March 03
Carson From Fort William


Actual Size From Bristol

19 March 03
Isaac Sutherland
Friday 21 & Friday 28 March - Ebenezers Bar, Wick

17 March 03
To The Drum Of The Sea'
The eagerly awaited DEBUT album by Donald Lindsay  To The Drum Of The Sea'  was released Monday 17th MARCH 2003

16 March 03
"Songs" By Norma Sinclair & Alison Mackenzie
Norma and Alison have been singing and playing together for many years, but this is their first CD.  Initially the CD was produced for themselves and a few friends, but it has now been issued by Harp Recordings.  The selection of songs ranges from Handel to present-day composers, with a variety of styles, including classical songs, Lieder, and sacred songs.

24 February 03
'To The Drum Of The Sea'  New CD
The eagerly awaited DEBUT album by Donald Lindsay is released Monday 17th MARCH 2003.  The album is a collection of tunes by the Rev Alex Muir.   Alex was minister of Canisbay in Caithness from 1982-1991, and composed many of the tunes on the album during this time...........................................

17 February 03
Triple C Country Music 2003 Dates
See what's on from 28 February in the Caithness country Music Scene.

15 February 03
Although it's only been up for a short while, to help make it the best possible site a number of changes have taken place.  There is now a number of new features added. A Message Board has been added for visitors to leave any kind any messages they wish relating to the band.
There is Acid-Chat, a chat room anyone can log into and chat, with members of the band appearing at special times posted in the Message Board, where you can chat to them right there. There is a FAQ (Finally Answered Questions) section where you can post any questions you want to know to any member of the band, about the album, band as a whole or about gigs. The pictures section has bee completely reworked and is now five times bigger.
With sections for each band member and the whole band there is now twice as many pictures as before, with new pics to be added each week. The gigs section now has new news of upcoming gigs. Keep visiting as new info will be put up in the coming week about both the old, and new album being worked by the band. As well as info on new upcoming Wick bands friendly with Acid inc.

9 February 03
Caithness Band Acid Inc New Web Site
Another Caithness Band  - Acid Inc have pushed out a web site with pictures, gig details and the rest.  Good luck with it all guys.


27 January 2003
Wick Pipe Band Launch 2003 Programme of Events

Wick Pipe Band have set out tier programme for 2003 including the dates for their increasingly popular Pipe Band Week and weekly summer shows which are a mix of Scottish entertainment ranging through Scottish Dance Band, singers, dancers and the odd comical quip from the compere.