Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Devil's Tailors play the Royal Mile Pub

We had the great honor of being invited to play the Royal Mile Pub for the party celebrating the transition to its new owner, Michael Moore. Michael and the Royal Mile sponsored the fiddle tent at the Virginia Scottish Games this year, and we were thrilled to return the favor by playing the party in his honor.

Also thanks to Barbara Saliunas (who came away from the Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Competition with an arm full of prizes just last Sunday!) for filling in for Susanne, who couldn't make it.

We had a blast, and the audience and pub loved us, and really look forward to playing there again in the future!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Virginia Scottish Games

Two shows at the Virginia Scottish Games left us ready for more. We shared the stage with some great acts, Dileab Phriseil, The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club, Terpsichore, Peat & Barley, The Homespun Ceilidh Band, Becky Ross w/ Liz Donaldson, and the teriffic trio of Andrew Dodds, Liam Andrews, and Collier Hyams.

Saturday was the wilder gig, with a tent flowing to capacity and more; but we had a great crowd Sunday as well. Just someone remind me not to wear ankle socks with the kilt ever again.

Pictures over on our page on Facebook, and possibly some video soon!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Diabolical Summer

Greetings, all!

Well, we've been quiet since our most recent gig at Celebrate Fairfax! But we've been busy.

In the last couple of months, we've been solidifying our instrumental repertoire, and looking toward some future sets. But we've mostly been working on new songs! We currently perform five songs, and we've got another five that are almost ready to debut, and another half-dozen we might see by year's end. At that point, we'll be about 50/50 on songs versus instrumentals.

What does this mean? Well, it means that we'll be booking more pub gigs, longer gigs and concerts, and gigging more frequently. And... maybe an album on the distant horizon...

In the meantime, we've got two shows coming up at the Virginia Scottish Games over Labor Day weekend, and possibly a pub gig on 9/9. Stay tuned for details!


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Tailors in Pictures

National Tartan Day 2009, Alexandria, VA
L to R: Chris Lindsay, Peter Walker, Jim Stimson, and Susanne Bard

Celebrate Fairfax 2009

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Celebrate Fairfax!

Hello, everyone!

For those who saw us at Celebrate Fairfax!, thanks for coming out. We had a great time. We were in the food court, which gave us some great traffic, and had some people who'd heard us last year come back to join us again.

The Devil's Tailors even had to play unplugged for a bit, when our generator died on us, but we had good fun, and hope to come back next year.

I'll post pictures soon!

Monday, April 6, 2009

National Tartan Day 2009

The Devil's Tailors proudly returned to Market Square in Alexandria, VA for the National Tartan Day festival. In addition to ourselves, The City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums performed several sets, some with the Thistle Highland Dancers, and we had a contingent from the Northern Virginia branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society come out, and they stuck around and danced for our show.

It was a gorgeous day, cool and partly cloudy. The only weather issue was the terrific wind, which at one point, blew over a music stand with great force, missing my fiddle by inches.

But that didn't keep away the crowds, and we had vendors, clan societies, and representatives from several local Highland Games associations. A grand time was had by all, and we're looking forward again to next year.

We had several of Susanne's friends out to take pictures for us, and I'm hoping to get a gallery up soon. We also recorded the show, so I'll be looking for snippets for the audio page of the website.

Thanks to everyone who came!

Friday, January 30, 2009

A New Deal For Us

We graduated from festivals to pub gigs on Burns Nicht, sharing a stage at The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, MD, with the Homespun Ceilidh Band to celebrate the poet's birthday. We launched the evening, Homespun came on for a fun set (I started an an dro line for as long as it lasted). When they finished, I asked Trix up to join me for Auld Lang Syne (to the original tune), and The Devil's Tailors were up again for an even more rousing set.

Poor Jim, he plays in both bands and didn't get a break at all - on top of that, he plays solo lute there on Sunday mornings.

We want to offer our sincerest thanks to our new friends at The New Deal Cafe, and we hope to see you all again soon!