Category Archives: Street Band Happenings

Of Mice and Pensioners

A 4:45am Saturday wake up is fairly unheard of, I have been known to get home after drinking James the Hat’s whisky about then. This however was a call for help from Clydeport, they had a ship arriving at 6am and no band to welcome them. Not just any ship; Disney Magic was on route. Continue reading Of Mice and Pensioners

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Lilias Day 2016

My 8 o’clock rise was not as much of an inconvenience as the nights the Unelected Social Committee spent sticking raffle tickets on teddy bears. After an omelette to sustain me I headed to Mick and Jo’s to pick up the Event Shelters and children’s furniture for our bottle and teddy stall. People stood slack jawed as I piled everything into the cavernous maw of the Ford Tardis and crawled to the park. Continue reading Lilias Day 2016

Seasons Bleatings

People who know this band know that we never have a closed season, there is always something on the go. Helping to tell the story of Kilbarchan or stepping in to save a wedding are just some of the things we get asked to do, the fundraising for Albert has however begun to permeate all our activities and discussions.  Continue reading Seasons Bleatings

Garden Centres and Subway Stations

By Coinneach Combe at the News Desk

On a fine Saturday afternoon Kilbarchan Pipe Band travelled to Gourock to play for our supporters at Cardwell Garden Centre. The weather stayed dry and the midges were not too hungry as we entertained the customers and staff with several sets of music with stops to storm the café ramparts. Continue reading Garden Centres and Subway Stations

The Weekend Off

A weekend off is a rare thing.

Bandsfolk check the diary before booking holidays, committing to visit elderly relatives or electing to have surgery. Pipey has arranged a few free weekends this year, it’s just a shame the weekend he is away isnae one of them, and as the name implies nothing is planned. The last weekend off had unsettled everyone and Dolomite Dave had entered the bandroom skieted through the door and slide tackled Brian. I think he managed to touch his left shoulder blade with his right foot. All the wee semi-quavers and gracenotes fell out of his pipe case and rolled about the floor til he gathered them up in embarrassment. Continue reading The Weekend Off

Busy Weekend

Let me tell you a sad tale.

On the Friday night before Bishopton Gala Day I began to experience old age twinges around my right ankle. By bedtime I couldn’t put weight on it so I sent Pipey a text crying off from the Bish march to rest my ankle for Sunday. Saturday saw me limping around the gathering band and getting accused of faking a broken leg to get out of the march (which is a long one), as if I would. Continue reading Busy Weekend

2015 Lilias Day

The build up to Lilias Day has been very visible to me this year as my house slowly filled with teddy bears and stuff in bottles before it was shipped off to Big Mick’s garage for storage. We were a well oiled machine the night before the big day as my lady drummer and I stuck raffle tickets to prizes and folded them all into a big bin. Everything was in motion and everything had been planned; stall rotas were filled and the new Event Shelter had arrived (to replace the one spatchcocked at Gourock) and had found its huge heavy way into my car. Continue reading 2015 Lilias Day

Boats! Big, Bigger, Biggest

People at Clydeport Greenock must be thinking we’re moving in.

The band have played on the quayside four times in the last two weeks and as I’ve mentioned before we all love playing here. Well done to the guys who turn out mid afternoon in all weathers when others can’t escape from work. We played for the cruisers from the ships La Boreal and Saga Pearl 2 on the thirteenth and fourteenth and the Queen Mary 2 and MSC Splendida on the twenty first and twenty second. Continue reading Boats! Big, Bigger, Biggest