In early 2016 our show/band/showband, "Auld Hat - New Heids" was but a twinkle in its daddy's eye. Many people were mourning the passing of the 'fun' days of the Scottish Folk Scene of the 1960's/70's, when practically every town of any size had a thriving folk club packed with people laughing, having fun and singing along to the chorus songs popular at the time.
Personally, I love nothing better than sitting in a crowd, singing their hearts out. As such, I thought it would be a good idea to try and recreate those days but in theatre/ festival venues and involving top quality musicians familiar and equal to the high standard of younger musicians currently on the 'scene'.
Our show brings back many of the old favourites.
Songs, not forgotten but these days rarely aired are delivered with the cheeky but passionate ways of my little brother and me (Fraser & Ian Bruce).
Our virtuosos Pete Clark (fiddle) and Gregor Lowrey (accordion) are simply stunning instrumentalists......and singers!!!
And all this to a slideshow backdrop of some of the characters dead and alive who drove the Scottish Folk scene in the second half of the twentieth century.
So. One year on, February 2017, we have already played many of the major Scottish theatres. Return visits are already in the diary and following a particularly successful Celtic Connections concert on 29th January 2017, many more prestigious venues have been in touch.
We're ecstatic at the response. Thank you everyone.
Auld Hat New Heids
Auld Hat New Heids
Four notable and well loved Scottish musicians have teamed up to present a show of Scottish songs seldom now heard, but once the basis of the folk revival in the 1960s and 70s.
At that time Scottish Folk Music was at its peak.
In practically any town of any size there was a folk club packed with people enthusiastically joining in with the laughter and sing-a-long music of the time.
These days may have passed but the songs are still there, just very few people singing them.
Ian Bruce - Pete Clark - Gregor Lowrey and Fraser Bruce have formed a band and produced a show featuring these still well loved classics from the early days but incorporating the musical skills of the current era.
The fun and nonsense that was abundant back then prevails too.
These musicians should need little introduction to those who have kept an ear to the "folkie" ground throughout the last 50 odd years, as they have continued to record extensively and play clubs, radio, TV, concerts and festivals throughout the world.
The target venues are small to medium sized theatres and festivals.
Their show manages a massive feelgood factor despite the lack of choking smoke and 'moderately" over-the-limit home drives. Audience participation and a giggle or two is, of course, encouraged.
For further info on the individual players please see ....
Coming soon to a venue near you!!!
IAN BRUCE is one of the best known faces on the Scottish folk scene and a wonderful ambassador for the Scottish singer/songwriter genre, all over Europe and beyond.
His voice has strength and accuracy, his guitar playing is excellent and his songs are beautifully crafted. In these days of amazing instrumentalists and controlled, tuneful singers, Ian is very much a performer to be reckoned with, a gem of the scene who presents his songs with raw emotion, backed up by a joyful and interactive relationship with his audience; a quality so often missing in the current folk scene.
Ian McCalman, (The McCalmans) January 2018
In 2015 PETE CLARK retired from his post as a senior fiddle tutor at The Royal Conservatoire to concentrate on the ever increasing demand for his private tuition and live performance.
Dunkeld and Birnam (Perthshire) is home territory to both Pete and Niel Gow so it's maybe no surprise that Pete is the founder and Musical Director of The Acclaimed Niel Gow Festival. He certainly is the right man for the job.
In recent years Pete has lectured, and presented workshops and masterclasses at The Annual Scottish Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh, the University of St. Andrews and the Sunshine Coast summer camp in B.C., Canada.
GREGOR LOWREY started playing harmonica at the age of 6 but it was during his family visits to Butterstone, Dunkeld that he switched to piano accordion.
His first gig was at the age of 14. He has since played in various line ups including Black Eyed Biddy, Clan Terra, Bring In The Spirit and (wait for it) Ceilidh Minogue!
As a revered session musician, he has played on many recordings and stages world-wide.
Gregor is no stranger to radio and TV and can be heard on soundtracks; amongst them "Monarch of The Glen" and "What We Did On Holiday".
PETE AND GREGOR have played as a duo since the mid 1990s. They skilfully perform a huge repertoire with spontaneous charm and gentle humour. They continue to be in great demand as session players too.
Their CD "Caught and Released" was indeed released in 2012 and then another. This time a full album of Pete's own compositions including "Kinnordy" which was used in a presentation by the Scottish Portrait Gallery.
FRASER BRUCE was introduced to folk music when he was only 13 years. He attended Rutherglen Academy where folklorist and politician Norman Buchan taught and ran a Ballads Club.
In the 1970s Fraser played the circuit as a solo performer and folk club organiser. He released two LPs on Nevis Records.
In 1980 he teamed up with his younger brother Ian forming the popular "Mrs. Bruce's Boys". Three more LPs were recorded before they went their separate ways. Ian to solo performance and Fraser to set up business in Civil Engineering.
Fraser rekindled his interest in folk music on his retirement in 2014.
FRASER & IAN BRUCE released "The Best of Mrs. Bruce's Boys" on Greentrax in 2015. Tracks mainly remastered from the original albums but a few re-recorded live, with Ian Walker, at the The Wee Folk Club, Edinburgh. This CD includes, "White Flower" a new write in memory of the boys' mother Blodwen.