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The Whistlebinkies at Edinburgh Folk Clu

Johnny J 15 Jan 10 - 06:00 AM
Jack Blandiver 16 Jan 10 - 04:55 AM
Cuilionn 16 Jan 10 - 09:57 PM
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Subject: The Whistlebinkies at Edinburgh Folk Clu
From: Johnny J
Date: 15 Jan 10 - 06:00 AM

Wednesday 20th January 2009

You can't get much better than this. There will be some "rare tunes" indeed!

From the last time...

Folk club concert. Reviewed in the Edinburgh Evening News by Martin Lenon 11 January 2007:

"Binkies keep traditional flame alive

TRADITIONAL music might have become a dying form, if it weren't for bands like the Whistlebinkies. Wherever possible, they play acoustically, using only authentic Scottish instruments, and last night, the always eclectic Edinburgh Folk Club played host to the bands' first gig in the Pleasance Cabaret Bar in two years. .

Formed around 1967 under the name The Jacobites, they became the Whistlebinkies two years later. The line-up may have changed over the years, but their raison d'etre always remained constant: To play Celtic music without gimmicks. ......... "

Pleasance Cabaret Bar at 20.00 hours

£8, £7(conc), Members £5

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Subject: RE: The Whistlebinkies at Edinburgh Folk Clu
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 04:55 AM

The Whistlebinkies 4 remains one of my favourite albums of all time; Mick Broderick's rendering of I Hae a Wife o' My Ain is the pure drop & no mistake. I suppose at the time Claddagh were touting them as the Scottish Chieftains, right down to using John Bellany's amazing paintings to give their album covers a similar stylistic continuity to that of Moloney's Boys. Great stuff all round I'd say.

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Subject: RE: The Whistlebinkies at Edinburgh Folk Clu
From: Cuilionn
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 09:57 PM

I've never been able to figure out if I should be proud of this connection or ashamed of it, but... if it hadn't been for my Gaelic teacher, Judith Peacock might still be in the band.

You see, our teacher (in Seattle) sang the praises of the Ceolas school, a traditional Gaelic arts school held each summer on the island of South Uist. The year I attended, I noticed another one of my teacher's students there, and he seemed to be paying quite a bit of attention to Ms. Peacock. Well, shortly after that, I moved to Maine. Imagine my surprise when I sent back to Seattle a couple years later and found Judith Peacock was now Judith Cummings & a Seattle resident, with a wee bairn to boot!

I like their new harper/singer richt weel, but it boggles my mind that Judith chose Seattle and an American sweetheart--even one as sweet and kind as Mr. Cummings--over Scotland and the Whistlebinkies.

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