Four-piece Gabbro play upbeat traditional Scottish music and play Thurso and the Black Isle this weekend. Below they talk us through the band's story - and a dancing-induced near-disaster they managed to survive ...
Q What are your band members’ names, what do they play and where are they from?
Gabbro: We’ve got Hamish Ritchie from Keith on guitar, Joseph Peach from Achiltibuie on accordion, Rachel Campbell from Inverness on fiddle and vocals, and on drums, Andy Williamson from Thurso.
Q Where does the name Gabbro come from?
G: Gabbro is a rock type found within the Cuillin Range on the Isle of Skye. The band formed with its original line-up two years ago and regularly played on the island, hence the name. With a fresh new line-up forming this spring with original fiddle player Rachel Campbell to carry it on, the group has continued to perform on the West coast in Skye, Mallaig, Strontian and Inverness and more. After a busy summer – each doing our own musical projects and festivals – we are now looking forward to a number of performances throughout autumn including Blas, Jocktoberfest and we’re currently planning our winter tour of Germany. It is certainly the beginning of something great.
Q You’re playing the Y Not in Thurso on Friday – have you played there before?
G: Andy has played in the Y Not with several different artists, but this will be the first time the rest of Gabbro have played Thurso.
Q How would you describe your style of music?
G: We play upbeat trad Scottish music. We strive to create a great atmosphere and get everyone on their feet dancing – in order to entertain us too! We like to include some aspects of Gaelic song and include the well-known songs for our audiences to sing their hearts out to.
Q What can audiences expect from your set?
G: A high energy performance with a dynamic rage of songs aimed to keep you dancing all night!
Q What’s the most memorable gig – good and bad – you’ve played at/been to. And why?
G: With different members of the band playing a whole range of exciting gigs this year (including Belladrum) it’s hard to pick one. But, most recently as a band, possibly Mallaig. Great hospitality, despite a speaker nearly falling on top of us due to an incredibly merry gentleman’s "interesting" dance moves.
Q Have you ever had anything strange thrown at you on stage?
G: Not yet!
Gabbro play the Y Not,Thurso on Friday. The music kicks off at 8pm with three young Caithness musicians who have been mentored through MusicPlus in Glasgow by the drummer, Andy Williamson, who runs many workshops for young, local musicians. Gabbro also play the Hayloft Stage at the Black Isle Brewery’s Jocktoberfest at Allangrange on Saturday. Find out more about Gabbro: www.gabbromusic.com