Friday, 10 October 2014

Wow, we are blown away. Thank you so, so much for all the support. We had a whole lot of fun playing live on STV Glasgow's The Riverside Show and are so grateful to have had the experience. If you haven't watched the show yet, you can watch our performance of Not a Dollar here. It was truly amazing to get to play three of our own songs on television and we thank absolutely everyone who took the time to tune in and come along for the ride. - We can't believe the positive response we've had so far. A huge thank you to STV Glasgow for having us on the show!



The day before, we played Callander Jazz and Blues Festival which made for a wonderful afternoon. We were a tad nervous of dipping our toes into a local ticketed event so soon after carrying on as a duo but, full of hope, we caught the bus to Callander equipped with a set list peppered with new songs. - No pressure! It was an intimate affair, with no amplification, in the beautiful mini theatre within St Kessogs church. We were nervous. The audience were close. There were several people. No sooner were there more people. And more! Until...we had a full house. We'd sold out the venue! Now, we did not expect that at all. So thank you so very much to everyone who joined us. We hope you enjoyed our songs, new and old. The new additions to our set list include a song about a mean old man called Henry. He's a rich, greedy character and you'll most probably meet him at a gig in the near future! There's also 'A Thousand Reasons', the second slower song we played on the Riverside Show. We had such a wonderful time at the festival and we owe Graham, the festival organiser, a thank you for allowing us to be a part of it. Here's a picture of Nikki outside the venue:


PS. If you're in Callander and your belly is rumbling, head to Deli Ecosse. We had the most delicious lunch there!

So, we've had quite the week so far. What have we got planned for the next while?

We'll be at the Settle Inn every second Monday, so that's the 13th and 27th October this month. It's an open mic so do come say hello and bring your instruments if you play. - We love it when you do!

On the 2nd November, we'll be playing The Hideaway Cafe in the beautiful Bridge of Allan for a Great British Bake-Off themed charity event in aid of Speur-Ghlan and to celebrate the cafe's first birthday.

On the 21st November, we play the main stage at the Tolbooth for the Strange Behaviours festival. Check out the line-up; you really are spoiled for choice. We're thrilled to be involved! Since the festival is called 'Strange Behaviours', we've decided to mix things up with something new, if a little strange. Ten gold coins and you are granted admission. It looks set to be a great night, and weekend, of music!

The 29th November brings the Scottish Coffee Festival. We can't wait to play some tunes for coffee-loving Scots! And perhaps sip some lattes ourselves. The perfect opportunity to learn a coffee-themed tune. - We're particularly enjoying Rob Heron and the Teapad Orchestra's 'Drinking Coffee Rag' at the moment!

Phew...November is a busy month. And we can't wait!

Love and appreciation, 

The Precious Penny Pluckers.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The times, they are a-changin'

The nature of music is that it evolves. And so, for us, things are changing. And as daunting as that can truly be, it's a genuinely exciting time for us and we can't wait to see what the future holds for us Penny Pluckers. You'll soon see what we mean, that's all we're going to say. We've had the most amazing year and we're going to keep doing what we do. Right now, we're working on some new material. Hopefully we can share it with you soon.

We're back at Stirling's Settle Inn every second Monday to run the open mic. (If you keep an eye on our Facebook page we regularly post the dates we'll be there.) We were there last night and had quite possibly the best night yet. With Spanish guitar and dancing! Every once in a while a night like that comes along and we count ourselves lucky to have been a part of it.

What do we have planned for the next wee while? On the 5th October, we'll be at Callander Jazz and Blues Fest. - Yes, Callander has a Jazz and Blues Festival! It sure would be lovely to see you there. You can find the programme here. What a line up! We can't wait to catch some performances ourselves and spend some time in the beautiful Callander.

The 6th October holds something really exciting for us which we'll share really very soon. We've been keeping quiet for quite some time now and it's killing us. All we'll say is that perhaps you would happen to see us if you were channel-hopping between the hours of 6.30 and 8.30pm that evening. And if you were to do so, perhaps your ears would hear something new. Oh, stop it...We've said too much!

With love and vigour,

The Precious Penny Pluckers


Monday, 18 August 2014

We're delighted to share with you the photos from our Birmingham New Street Train Station and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery performances from the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. It was amazing to play in such unique venues. We absolutely love the Art Gallery pictures; it really is the most beautiful place we've performed. And it was a delight to have the magnificent Bruce Adams join us with his trumpet!













Photography by Merlin Daleman courtesy of The Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

Thank you, Merlin! We love them!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

We are back!

3 days, 6 venues and 10 sets down and we are back in Stirling.

What an experience to have played the incredible Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival. We'd just like to take this opportunity to thank Jim and everyone at Big Bear Music for having us on board.

This blog post is just a little journal of what we were up to in Birmingham for anyone who's interested.

On Friday 18th July, we got the train down. This meant a 6am start but we were extremely excited for what the weekend would bring. Rest in our hotel rooms? Nope, not us! - We had a gig at 5pm, just under an hour after our train pulled in and it was, coincidentally, in no other than Birmingham New Street Station. What a welcome to the city and a brilliant experience to play a gig in such a unique space. We have to hand it to the festival organisers for being inventive with venues and managing to keep the festival free for the most part. Here's a photo of us doing our thing in the station courtesy of Birmingham New Street Station's twitter page.

To the hotel, you say? Well, yes...To the hotel! But then...we had a gig in our hotel, which made for a lovely sit-down evening affair. It's great that we can experience a variety of different performances and Birmingham sure had us in many interesting environments. Here's a photo of our gig in the Broad Street Hampton by Hilton Hotel, courtesy of the official Birmingham Jazz and Blues Fest blog:


Saturday 19th July meant more gigs and, of course, in more beautiful venues. In the afternoon, we played at the stunning Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Here's a little clip of Baby and Me filmed by Grace who works at the Museum. (Thank you, Grace!) Just look at those gorgeous surroundings! It was a pleasure to play in such a truly stunning venue. Legendary trumpet player Bruce Adams surprised us in popping along to provide some brass on two of our original songs. We've been craving a brass soloist for a while so it was amazing to play alongside such a talented trumpet player. Here's Bruce in action much to the surprise of an onlooker! (Photo courtesy of official Birmingham Jazz and Blues Fest blog.) 



In the evening, we headed to the Wellington, which has such an impressive ale selection that the menu is digitalised and you order your ale not by name, but by number! Wow! We recommend if you love ale and are headed for Brum. This was a really fun place to play.

Sunday 20th July brought our final two gigs of the festival and our last full day in the city. We began in the afternoon with a gig at the City Tavern which very much reminded us of our local haunt, The Settle Inn. Friendly, welcoming bar staff and an enthusiastic audience made for a brilliant gig. 

Our last gig led us to the Oobleck in the Custard Factory area of Digbeth. We played just outside a wonderful bar called 'Alfie Bird's.' The name is inspired by the inventor of powered custard, hence the creative Custard Factory it resides in. Alfie Bird's consists of four stunning floors with an abundance of quirky additions like a sliding bookcase and a retro red telephone box photo-booth. We couldn't resist sneaking in for some pictures. - Here's the result! 


You can read a little more about our experience of Alfie Bird's here. We thoroughly recommend their pizzas; we had the Pulled Pork and Thai Chicken and they were delicious.

No sooner, had our time in Birmingham come to an end. As you can imagine we were busy running from gig to gig but we did manage to catch some music in our free time. We particularly enjoy The Remi Harris Trio. They did a magnificent gypsy jazz cover of The Beatles' Money Can't Buy Me Love. So much talent. And another trio to inspire us in our own music.

Birmingham is a terrific city; so modern and tall, with an abundance of incredible street art. Here's some interesting characters we discovered outside the Oobleck venue!




We had a wonderful time and everyone was so lovely and appreciative of our music. Thank you everyone who came to see us at any one of our gigs during the festival, whether you'd be meaning to or simply stumbled upon us. We do hope you enjoyed it! - Perhaps we'll cross paths again someday.

Oh, and if you have any photos or videos of us, feel free to send them our way.

Birmingham, I'm sure we'll be back!

Love,
The Precious Penny Pluckers

PS. We have joined the Twitter-sphere, you can find us at twitter.com/pennypluckers.



Sunday, 13 July 2014

For anyone interested, you can find a list of the dates we play in Birmingham here. We're so incredibly excited. Also, we've some how managed to reach over 1,500 clicks on this blog since we started. Wow. Thanks for all the clicking!

Also, holy smokes, our soundcloud just surpassed 1,000 listens! You can have a listen to the original recordings we've acquired whilst working on our EP here.

Thank you!



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Here's some photos from the Press Launch of the official 2014 Stirling Fringe programme at Stirling Castle. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining and we even played a quick tune or two at the castle whilst the cameras flashed. (Look out for us in the Stirling Observer!) Afterwards, we headed to Cowane's Hospital and played a quick set as the celebrations continued. Thanks to Stirling Fringe for the brilliant photos!








These cupcakes, made by the lovely John Cowane's Coffee House, were delicious!

You can check out the amazing jam-packed festival programme here. We'll be playing at the Fringe Sunday mini-festival on the 21st of September and we can't wait. See you there!

We had a blast! Thank you to Barry, and everyone at Stirling Fringe, for having us on board!

With love,

The Precious Penny Pluckers

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Phew, we've been rushed off our feet. It's been seriously all go for the last little while! This post stands as a reflection of everything we've been up to recently and a little update for anyone who's interested.

A few weeks ago we closed the Sauchie Community Group's Commonwealth Games celebrations at the Oakwood Lounge. It was nice to venture that bit farther out of Stirling centre and into new territory with new faces, even if it was just a short train journey away. Thanks to Sauchie Community Group for the warm welcome and the tapping toes!

Also, we were really excited to play music for the Loving Food Truck's second pop-up restaurant at Cowane's Hospital. We'd been dreaming of playing at the Cowane's Hospital for such a long time, it's such a beautiful building. You can look at pictures of the venue here. Wonderful, I'm sure you'll agree! So, of course, we were thrilled to be invited to accompany Loving Food Truck's seriously delicious food. Thanks for having us, LFT! You can find the Loving Food Truck opposite Stirling Train Station on weekdays.

We're still beaming from Bannockburn Live at the weekend. It was an incredible experience to play our original songs at a local sell-out event and to be on the same stage as Karine Polwart and Rachel Sermanni, who are both very talented people; two people we aspire to musically. It was lovely to watch their performances and enjoy the day after out set. We are so grateful to have had this opportunity and owe huge thanks to everybody at Unique events who made us feel so welcome and ensured the day went smoothly. A huge thank you to Amy for having us on board! Also, thank you to the familiar friendly faces who popped along for our set; thank you Jim, Darren, Meghan, Matt, Fraser, Andrea and the 'Penny Plucker parents!' And finally, thank you to anyone who said extremely kind words afterwards. We really, really appreciate it. We're still on a high from the whole experience.

 
We've been up to some other awesome things within the past few days, including launching the Stirling Fringe 2014 programme. We'll do a proper blog post about that one soon. Lots of pictures were taken of us doing our thing up at the castle for the official press launch so we'll share them with you soon.

Next stop...Birmingham Jazz and Blues Fest!

Oh, and for those who have asked when we're next in Glasgow, 13th Note on the 3rd August!

See you there!

With love, and hope for the summer,

The Precious Penny Pluckers.


PS. Here's some pictures of Bannockburn Live. Thank you to Jim and Meghan for the first two.


                                                                    


                                                         The beautiful Karine Polwart

                                                        Lovely lyricist Rachel Sermanni