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jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2576
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 4:18 am:   Edit Post

After a two month 'rest' following the birth of our drummer's daughter, we'll be back on the bandstand this friday at the Brighton's Inn in Polmont. I guess only Georgie boy will be close enough to maybe pop in but you never know ;-) The show starts at 10pm.
No gig pics so here's one of my wife and I with a 2 week old Stella langlands Shaw...

stella


Graeme
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1872
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 3:21 pm:   Edit Post

I see you are trying to catch me up with the grey hairs in that beard but you are currently losing the race. hahaha.

I hope Sella grows up safe and healthy.

Jazyvee
serialnumber12
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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 680
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, March 01, 2010 - 5:36 pm:   Edit Post

damn......i wish i was a Baby again!!!
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2577
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 1:00 am:   Edit Post

After holding Stella for a while, Sandra was wishing she was ours! After having three of our own I'm just glad we can hand her back ;-)

Graeme
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1370
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 7:29 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations to your drummer and his expanded family, she's a beautiful girl. Play well and make moving music on Friday.
Mike
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2585
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 4:12 am:   Edit Post

2 private gigs this weekend, a wedding on saturday and a corporate do on sunday. Even though they're well paid, I'd much rather be playing pubs and clubs where the band are the focal point - I always feel like I have to hold back when it's a private party.

Graeme
wylie_j
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Username: wylie_j

Post Number: 1
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 5:00 am:   Edit Post

Hey Graeme/Jacko Congrats with the new baby girl make sure u take lots of pictures coz they grow up very fast from ur new d.o.g. friend downunder Wylie J.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2586
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 6:51 am:   Edit Post

Hey Wylie. She's our drummer's girl, we just had to hold her for a while. My kids are pretty much all grown now - 17, 19 and 22.

Graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2593
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2010 - 3:32 am:   Edit Post

Friday 16th we'll be back at PJ Molloy's in Dunfermline. This is a great rock venue - decent PA, stage, lights etc and it'll be great playing to an audience who've come to see the band, not the bride ;-)

Graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2600
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 4:03 am:   Edit Post

Well, we've played several more weddings since the last update (with many more wedding bookings to come). The most unusual (and also the most recent) took place near Ayr where we were surprised when finishing the first set (with the rather apt 'pump it up') to be unexpectedly joined on the bandstand by the local pipe band led by the bride's father...

pumping it up

I think it's safe to say that they were much louder than us!!

More weddings to come but we've not forgotten our roots so we'll be playing more pub gigs throughout the summer including a return trip to the Isle of Skye where we had a great weekend last august. One gig I'm looking forward to is my youngest daughter's 18th this june - it'll give me loads of opportunities to embarass her in front of her friends ;-)

Graeme
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1407
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 12:00 pm:   Edit Post

Very Cool! That must have been fun. I love musical variety...

"There's nothing quite as satisfying as embarrassing the offsprings..."

(That could be a Monty Python line)
:-)
Mike
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2614
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 4:34 am:   Edit Post

In amongst the weddings, we're also playing a few corporate events. These pics are from a Marketing society awards ceremony we played at Edinburgh's Corn exchange..

awards 1

awards 2

We played a single 90 minute set to close the night - this caused havoc with my developing Carpal Tunnel.

graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2631
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 4:51 am:   Edit Post

We played my youngest daughter Heather's 18th birthday party this past saturday. I got to play both my Signature deluxe and my fretless rogue....

gj1

gj2

Back to paying gigs in a week or so -
3rd July we'll be at Behind the Wall in Falkirk
9th July is a wedding near Glasgow
17th July is a wedding in Alloa
20th August behind the wall falkirk
27th & 28th August - the Portree Hotel, Isle of Skye.

graeme
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9407
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 7:30 am:   Edit Post

Great pics!
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4473
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 8:50 am:   Edit Post

Graeme:

Lucky you! My 15 year old wouldn't be caught dead having my old fart band play our music from the "olden days" at one of his parties! He did recently tell me he had heard a couple of bands from my time that were better than the stuff I listen to, (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, The Band, etc.), and the asked me if I'd ever heard of Metallica or AC/DC! I think I blew him away when I told him that Metallica used to practice in a garage in El Cerrito just a few houses down from where my band, "Norman Carburetor" used to practice.

Bill, tgo
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1434
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

Alright Graeme!
Nice pix. What songs do you play fretless on?
Have a blast brother. I hope your carpal tunnel subsides and behaves itself.
Mike
jazzyvee
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Username: jazzyvee

Post Number: 1997
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 11:29 am:   Edit Post

Are those pink strings Jacko?
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2632
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 1:14 am:   Edit Post

Mike. Here's all the fretless songs from our list of around 85 covers..
1. Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
2. Red Morning Light (Kings of Leon)
3. Molly’s Chambers (Kings of Leon)
4. Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
5. The Only One I Know (Charlatans)
6. You Stole the Sun (Manic St Preachers)
7. Vertigo (U2)
8. Seven Nation Army (White Stripes)
9. Times Like These (Foo Fighters)
10. Creep (Radiohead)
11. Golden Touch – (Razorlight)
12. Yellow (Coldplay)
13. Dakota (Stereophonics)
14. Hate to Say I Told You (Hives)
15. Be Yourself (Audioslave)
16. Living for the Weekend (Hard Fi)
17. Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Green Day)
18. rose (the feeling)
19. Gravity (Embrace)
20. You and Me (lifehouse
21. Heaven (bryan adams)
22. You're in my heart (rod stewart)
23. Don't want to miss a thing (aerosmith)

Alot of these are wedding songs so for Heather's party we kept to the rockier numbers - Hives, Green day, stereophonics and so on. I love to swap to the fretless now and again as it feels nicer to play and it's a heck of alot lighter than the signature ;-)

As for the CTS, I saw a specialist last night who is sending me to another hospital to have electrodes inserted which send a current down my arm to measure the current loss which tells them how bad it is. Hopefully a steroid injection may control it but if they decide it's bad enough they'll operate. The doctor did reassure me that I wouldn't lose any mobility in my fingers, even when my wrist was bandaged. I just have to wait and see.

jazzy - They're DR red devils. I tried a set of D'addario chrome flatwounds recently but hated the feel once my fingers had warmed up in a gig so the DRs went back on. I have DR black beauties on the sig and peacock blues on the epic too.

I should have posted this pic of the birthday girl with the band...

heather and band

Graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2635
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 4:22 am:   Edit Post

Just a reminder on the offchance anyone's in Central Scotland at the weekend, 10pm till 2am we're at Behind the Wall in Falkirk. - last chance to catch us at a public gig until mid August.

Graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2650
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 9:31 am:   Edit Post

Although I'm always complaining that the wedding gigs just don't do it for me, every now and then we get one that really hits the spot and Saturday's gig at Gean House in Alloa did just that. Load in was easy, the bride and groom were falling over themselves to make sure we had everything we needed and for once, the dance floor was full from start to finish (about 3 hours of playing).
The venue was a really nice stately home...
gean house

I could get used to this..
the band relaxing between sets

We're having a few weeks off now to cope with holidays. When we're back we have pub gigs, an outdoor festival and a trip to Skye to look forward to.

Graeme
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9459
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:28 am:   Edit Post

Graeme, I think you uploaded the wrong picture; that first pic appears to be a hotel.
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2651
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post

Hotel, Conference centre and home to some clan or other Dave. The music room took up the area where the tall window is in the middle of the house. Stags heads and crossed swords everywhere.

Graeme
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1455
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 6:36 am:   Edit Post

Very nice! Cherish the memory, Graeme.
My festival venue Saturday was an unpainted plywood stage with two 20 amp circuits for everything, only enough room on stage for one bands gear at a time, and one set of stairs. Each band had to wait for the previous to strike their gear before the next could set up.
Mike
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2654
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

The groom has sent a couple of pictures from the audience's point of view...
band1

band2

Graeme
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1456
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 9:48 am:   Edit Post

Now that's a party!
Mike
lbpesq
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Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4501
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 7:31 pm:   Edit Post

The bride and groom both wore a dress?! lol

Bill,tgo
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2655
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 1:08 am:   Edit Post

It's a strange country Bill :-) Going 'Commando' is also a requirement for the men at these do's; frightening if one of them decides to breakdance!

Graeme
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1458
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, July 23, 2010 - 6:54 am:   Edit Post

As Monty Python put it, that's part of the "Nae True" exhibit
:-)
Mike
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2677
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post

We have a few 'Fun' gigs coming up.

Friday 20th at Behind the Wall, Falkirk from 10pm.
Saturday 21st at Dysart gala form around 5.30.

Friday and saturday 27th / 28th at the Portree Hotel, Portree, Isle of skye form around 9pm both nights.

graeme
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2687
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 4:49 am:   Edit Post

Just had a fantastic weekend. I've retubed my ampeg with JJ's and the tone is superb. Friday's gig went really well with the room bouncing right till 1.30am. Saturday afternoon was even better, we played around 1 1/2 hours non stop with the sun shining and everyone trying to crowd into the marquee to dance. My carpal tunnel problem didn't surface until late sunday afternoon after I'd been welding and grinding on my car for a couple of hours so I'm less worried about that than I have been. Seeing the specialist on thursday then it's off to Skye for a weekend of gigging.
bass player
band

Graeme
tbrannon
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Username: tbrannon

Post Number: 1221
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 - 5:51 am:   Edit Post

Good stuff Graeme- glad to hear the hand/wrist is feeling better!

That looks like a potentially boomy stage- glad you got everything dialed in the way you like it.
jacko
Senior Member
Username: jacko

Post Number: 2691
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 5:32 am:   Edit Post

And one of the band wives actually took a half decent pic of me !!!....
me again

Graeme
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9546
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 9:08 pm:   Edit Post

Nice T-shirt!!!
dadabass2001
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Username: dadabass2001

Post Number: 1488
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 1:13 pm:   Edit Post

Cool!
Have a great weekend, Graeme.
Mike
groovelines
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Username: groovelines

Post Number: 615
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2010 - 2:03 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Graeme,

Do you ever play up around Paisley? I have a hand full of cousins in the area.

Mike
jet_powers
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Username: jet_powers

Post Number: 507
Registered: 2-2003
Posted on Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 6:58 am:   Edit Post

I like all the fire extinguishers on stage. You guys must play so hot there is a danger of spontaneous combustion?

JP
jacko
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Username: jacko

Post Number: 2700
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 5:18 am:   Edit Post

Hey Mike. The only time we play anywhere near Glasgow these days is for weddings (Paisley is a suburb of glasgow for those who were wondering). However, I get across from time to time as my wife has family there.

Graeme.
groovelines
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Username: groovelines

Post Number: 616
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post

Hmm, the wedding party is probably wouldn't be too fond of party crashers then? If you're ever going to be up that way I'll let 'em know.
davehouck
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Username: davehouck

Post Number: 9564
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 1:12 pm:   Edit Post

Just tell 'em you're with the band.
groovelines
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Username: groovelines

Post Number: 617
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 5:11 pm:   Edit Post

(If it gets me grubby hands on the MK, wink, wink, nudge, nudge)

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