I’ve decided just to keep the bagpipes out of the Bentines side of things and just focus on the the accordion for now. I’m still not quite up to speed with the set yet but when I am the plan will be to do some gigs first, build a band and then record. This could take the whole year, I hope not but it could. More to follow.
I’m getting the Bagpipe set all set. Getting the pages in order so I can practice the way that it’s going to be on the album.
Ok. I’m going start recoding some of the pipe tunes soon. Little by little. Might be a first draft. Might not be. Is going to be hard work but I’m up for the challenge.
Keeping going with the old accordion. Is fun but why do the songs have to be so fast. The wood block on the metronome is worn out. Anyway I doubt there will be any gigs this year as I’m not at a performance level yet.
So. I’m still at the ceilidh set. Practising away on the accordion but after listening to Jimmy Shand and some other ceilidh bands on Spotify I realise that I’ll need to speed most of the sets up, a lot. I’ve got the Dashing White Sargent pegged in at around 200 bmp and I’ve only been playing it at 120ish. So not quite back to the drawing board but there is work to be done. In saying that my waltzes are fine locked in at 130 bmp.
Got up today. Got on ma kilt, Christmas hat and tinsel. Then went and played my first gig with the Alloa Bowmar Pipe Band. Was good apart for the fact that my shoelace came undone.
FYI. I’m still practising.
I’m adding some new bass lines to the accordion parts not as we speak but there abouts. Better get on with it.
Right, who remembers Yellow Bentines? gave stardom a crack in the naughties, didn’t quite get there due to various different reasons. Brought out an all brass ‘n vocals album in 2016?
I for one remember us. So what are we up to now? well to be fair it’s just me left now and I’m ready to do a new YB project. I’d love to play some of the old songs again but perhaps that time is passed. For now I’m practising a ceilidh set that I’ve written and I’m hoping to perform and record it soon. This hopefully means by the end of this year, so look out for tartan, sporrans, kilts and all the usual Scottish stuff.