As we head towards our 300th gig since forming back in 2012, I thought that it would be nice to share just a little bit more about some of our gig experiences. For those that follow our Facebook and Instagram profiles, you will have already had an insight into how we run things at Reel of Fortune Ceilidh Band. Whether it's watching our Instagram story on a Sunday morning or reading a post on Facebook, we do already keep our clients, fans, friends and family up to date on our goings on. This blog is intended to be a means of divulging more information on such events and I look forward to sharing some of the more intimate goings on within the band.
It just so happens that this blog is starting in our quietest month since May 2016. However, it is a welcome break as the first four months of 2019 have seen us play 23 gigs from Buckie on the Moray coast, all the way down to The Cruin on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. It's a busy time for us band members too: Gareth busy delivering Music Education to the young people of Angus, Matt is finishing off his teacher training (to become a secondary school music teacher) and myself, continuing to deliver upper strings tuition in the Ellon and Huntly areas of Aberdeenshire, with exams and orchestral courses looming too. Just to give a insight into what our stand-in musicians do (in case you missed it on our 'About' page): Jenna travels all over the UK working for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Tommy is a percussion instructor for Aberdeenshire Council and teaches in the North/Central areas, Eilidh is a secondary music teacher for Aberdeen City Council, and Sam has just completed his first year studying Law at the University of Edinburgh. All incredibly busy people during the day, but when we play together for weddings, corporate functions, birthdays, University balls, anniversaries... our combined love for Scottish traditional music and modern styles fuse together to create the Reel of Fortune product.
As we look ahead to June, I look forward to blogging about the tremendous five weddings we have, in addition to our corporate ceilidh at Pittodrie Stadium to kick the month off. And there we have it, my first entry (albeit very short) to this new thing that is blogging. For just now, I'll leave you with a lovely photo taken by Jonathan Addie photography back at the start of April: