The Freedom Of Birds

🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿OFFICIAL VIDEO🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

Check out the official vid here……..

Made in 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 by Somhairle MacDonald

@fatherofschmO

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Happy Winter Folks!!

BIRDS – OFFICIAL VIDEO

Happy St Andrews day you beaming souls of goodness! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

It’s finally here. The video for our track Birds has arrived. Created by Somhairle MacDonald @fatherofschmo ……….

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Put it in yer eyes, and yer ears.

Later on today we’ll be announcing live dates for 2019. 😈 Follow the links below ⬇️

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SYMBIOTIC REVELATIONS

Happy Wednesday Peeps!

We have some stuff to reveal over the next few weeks. Announcements will be made regarding upcoming tours/gigs/lineup, and we’ll introduce a special thing to accompany those dates. This Bonnie thing was made by Father Somhairle MacDonald of Schmo! Keep an eye out on the 30th…….the day of Scotland’s very own Saint!!

Also you can STILL get yer votes in for the Scots trad music Awards. There are many very talented folk up for awards this year. So if you like the music these folk make, then give them a vote……….https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Scotstrad2018

Battle Royale!!!

It’s here again! It’s that time of year where you stand toe to toe with your pals and battle against each other for the title of …..”the best at what you do, of the year”…..but only for that year of course. The next year you’re not the best, naturally. Funny old craic, eh?!? So, our division is the ‘Album of the year’. If you’d like to help myself and Ross vanquish everyone else’s great efforts, and when I say great, there are some beautiful pieces of work up in here, then you can vote for Symbiosis 2 here……….https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Scotstrad2018

I had other stuff to say…….but it should remain deep down in the depths…….for now! 😈

Arrivederci

AWARDED for WHIT????

The time of year has come when popular vote decides who’s dain it better! What have you done better than the next person, band, project etc? Well, I’m not a fan of the idea of being placed in direct competition with those that you love and respect. The thought of your whole years work gearing towards receiving an award is something that makes me feel uneasy. It’s not part of the thought process, it’s not the reason why we do what we do. We love playing music, we love making music, creating, sharing, enjoying and being inclusive……not exclusive!! However, these ceremonies are part of the machine, part of the cogs that make the whole thing spin. It’s a promotional arrow in the quiver. Something that agents and promoters love. Looks good on the website and the posters. So, CATCH 22. Be passive. Allow them to happen. Get on with your existence in which many of us have been afforded the opportunity of being employed by something we love dearly! SYMBIOSIS 2 has been longlisted for album of the year……which I guess is good in that we put a lot of work into it, and folk like it.

A category which we would love to be nominated in, here begins the hypocritical bit, is the Belhaven innovation award. This provides a band, or project the opportunity to further develop their music. It’s a cash price of £25,000. Which would allow for a serious boost towards the production of more music, and further gig development. So……..we would be gracious if you would consider us for this category……and of course I have been brushing up on my Gaelic singing so……..you can vote for me in that category too. The outcome of this rant, I know, is kind of grey!! If you’d like to vote though, you can do so here……….https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/scotstradmusicawards2018

Feasgar math!!!

Arriving at Flow

So, after yesterday’s slightly ranty blog, I did as I said I would and tried a bit of painting. It’s probably been about 16/17 years since I last painted. So, I wasn’t holding out for anything spectacular. So, I went for it…….

I started to try and paint a still life, a vase with some Lily’s. A vase with some lily’s……aye, way to find yourself. Of course, it was a load of shite. I would post the evidence but it’s currently enjoying a short stint in the bin before gets a life sentence as in a dirty landfill!

I decided I should just do a quick sketch which I’d try and pull from my murky, defunct artistic brain, and started to sketch out a wee mountain range. That was always a go to thing I would draw. I love landscape, I love its emotion, its colour, it’s terrifying grandeur, and also how it inspires musical ideas……

That’s when the the Flow began. I was fully absorbed for a good 3/4 hours. It kind of found its own life on the page. Now, not that it’s any good. It’s technically fairly rough, my brush control and choice of Pallette aren’t as they might have been. However, it is a process that I think will help me achieve a way forward with life and music. Ultimately, I’m trying to harness a way to find Flow with my music again.

This may work……may not…….we’ll see.

Here’s it so far………

Peace oot creatures of this spinning baw!