New Album, The Tall Islands, Out now!

Hello. We are proud to the present The Tall Islands, our 5th studio album.

Although live we are still playing hard rocking dance floor filling Celtic salsa, for this recording we wanted to make more of a ‘listening’ album.

We decided to work again with the legendary Scottish producer Calum Malcolm. Over the years Calum has produced some of the best records to come out of Scotland and it was a pleasure to work with him again. To write and rehearse the new material we played a short tour of the Scottish islands, including gigs on Skye, Mull and Lewis. Right at the end of the tour, a gig headlining the salsa carnival in Gran Canaria came in. Going from the cold waters and small village halls of Scotland to a huge open air gig in the Canaries somehow seemed to tie up the tour and reflect who we are as a band.

The time spent together, on the road and water, the places we visited and people we met seems to have resulted in a “rootsier” more folkloric sounding album. Part of this more folkloric sound includes new tracks developed from traditional Scottish Gaelic songs, a first for us. We are very pleased with the way they and all the tracks worked out. We think The Tall Islands is, we hesitate to say, quite a mature sounding album. We have after all been playing together for over 17 years!

You can buy our album in our shop here, or download it through Bandcamp, or iTunes.

Pledge Music

Exciting news! We’re currently in the final stages of making our new album, The Tall Islands. To write and rehearse the new tunes, we played a short tour around the Scottish islands including gigs on Skye, Mull and Lewis. The time we spent together, on the road and water, the places we visited and people we met seems to have resulted in a “rootsier” sounding album. We can’t wait for you to hear it.

To get the album album ready for release we’ve decided to team up with PledgeMusic and involve you, our fans, much more closely.

Have a look at our video and visit our page. You can Pledge for things like signed copies of the album, VIP passes, signed posters, hand-written lyric sheets and much more!

Your Pledge will gain you exclusive access to the album before anyone else but it will also give you free access to our Pledgers Only Updates Page – a free backstage area – in which we’ll be posting, demos, live tracks, rough mixes, videos and all things Salsa Celtica that we can think of as a reward for those who Pledge!

Visit our Pledge Music page here.

2014

Hello folks, we are now really looking forward to 2014.
First up January, a return to Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival with a gig at the ABC on the 24th. Then we are very excited to announce we will be appearing in Colombia for the first time, at the Hay Festival in Cartagena on January 30th.
In February we release our new album “The Tall Islands” and then in March we will be touring the UK to promote the new CD.
We hope to see you somewhere along the way!!!

Here we go again!

A wee bunch of gigs coming up this week playing in some new material and meeting some old friends. See Events section for gig times and details. Hope to see you there somewhere on the way!

March 2012

Wednesday 21st
Aberdeen, Lemon Tree

Thursday 22nd
Musselburgh, Brunton Theatre

Friday 23rd
Durham , Gala Theatre

Saturday 24th
Global Gathering recording BBC Radio Scotland

Sunday 25th
Inverness, Ironworks

Hello All!

After a short break following a long summer of festivals we are back touring again, this time in the UK.

It’s nice to be back on the road again, even if it is only the M6. We had some great gigs last week in Langholm, The Bury Met on Friday and Chichester on Sunday night. We are using this tour as a chance to play in some new material live in preparation for recording our new studio album due for release summer 2012. This week we’ll be at Nottingham Uni, Saltaire and at the Traditional Music Awards at Perth Horsecross on Saturday night. Then we finish off our pre Christmas shows with a trip to Kendal’s Brewery Arts Centre – how do we always manage to end up in a brewery?!

The Small Island Sessions

After the 15th Anniversary excitement and success of the GINORMOUS Big Band tour with at times 19 people on stage we are starting off our 16th year with a small band tour of intimate venues in the Scottish Highland and Islands. The Salsa Celtica Acoustic Band presents “The Small Island Sessions” featuring members of the group in a smaller acoustic band set up. The “sessions” will focus on exploring Afro Latin American Folkloric music together with the Scots and Irish Gaelic traditions. Hopefully see you there!

2011 Dates Coming Soon!

We’re taking advantage of the being snowed in to sort out some gigs for next year. We’ve got some great gigs lined up, including a Scottish small band tour in May 2011 and a French tour in the summer. We’ve got summer festival dates lined up in the UK too – keep tuned for more information!

Upcoming gigs

We’re working on some new ideas for tunes and getting ready for the Big Band tour and gigs coming up at the end of October (see Tour Dates to the right). See you there!