Hogmanay Gig in Edinburgh

Now that we’re deep into autumn thoughts are turning towards the festive season and, perhaps more specifically, to how to avoid spending New Year slumped in front of the usual suspects on the telly.

Well fear not, there is an alternative prospect. We’re delighted to say that we’ll be seeing in 2017 playing at The MAGNUM in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town. More details will be posted when they’re available but the venue will be offering a dinner package which will see us playing a short set before midnight and then a longer set beginning a little after The Bells. Hope you can join us!


New Podcast episode – The Four Maries

For those of you who have been enjoying our podcast series, The Scottish Song Guide, the latest episode is available now.ScottishSongGuide2000
In this, the 5th episode, we discuss the origins of The Four Maries, or as it’s sometimes known, The Ballad of Mary Hamilton.

The other episodes are also still available on www.scottishsongguide.com


The Sorries at Stirling Folk Club – Monday 12th September

Hot on the heels of our August run of concerts at the Edinburgh Festival we’re off to Stirling next week to play at the Stirling Folk Club.

We’ll be at the club, held at Bridgehaugh – home of Stirling County Rugby Club – on the evening of Monday 12th September. We’ll be starting at 8pm and playing two 45 minute long sets.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe-goers…thank you!

Well, we made it!

Another packed August of Edinburgh Fringe shows finished with a full house at The Jazz Bar and again we’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by your support.
By the end we were a little hoarser than we had been at the start – and the mandolin pick-up may have given up the ghost with abou1 15 minutes of the last show to go! – but it was a real thrill to play to so many folk. It was great to catch up with those of you who had been before and a real delight to speak to those who were seeing us for the first time. We really appreciate you taking the time to tell us how much you enjoy the concerts, so thank you.

If you didn’t manage to get the new album, remember it’s available on CD from the Buy Albums page on this site, along with other CDs, T-shirts and our “Sorries Shoppers”.

And don’t forget to keep an eye on the Concerts page where you’ll find details of upcoming gigs.

Thanks again,
Douglas & Marty

Jazz Bar selfie - 27th August 2016

Edinburgh Festival Underway

Our Edinburgh Festival Fringe run for 2016 is now underway, with one show at each of our venues – The Jazz Bar (Venue 57) & the Quaker Meeting House (Venue 40) – under our belts. There are many more to come, with shows every day (except Sundays) up to and including the 27th August.

A couple of the dates have sold out already but there are tickets left for most of the other shows from the middle of this week onwards.

For tickets to our daily afternoon concerts (4.30pm):

For tickets to our evening concerts on 13th & 27th (7pm and 8.30pm respectively):

New Video – Ae Fond Kiss

Our new album, Bends of the Bow, is set for release on 6th August. You can get a sneak preview of one of the tracks – Burns’ Ae Fond Kiss – right now however, by checking out the lyric video below.

And if you fancy hearing it live, there’s a very good chance it’ll form part of the set at our Edinburgh Festival Fringe shows this August – tickets available from:


New Album – out 6th August 2016

We’re delighted to say that our brand new album – Bends of the Bow – will be released on Saturday 6th August 2016, the day we begin our run at the world’s largest arts festival, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The album features 11 tracks, recorded during the spring of this year, and will be available on CD through the website and at the Fringe shows.

The track listing is:

1. Charlie is My DarlingBends cover 600px
2. Lochnagar
3. Ae Fond Kiss
4. Johnnie Cope
5. Ettrick Valley / 100 Pipers / Dashing White Sergeant
6. Leaving of Liverpool
7. The News From Moidart
8. Tranent Muir (The Battle of Prestonpans)
9. The Four Maries
10. Nancy Whisky
11. Bonnie Dundee (Scott’s verses version)

Recording and Fringe Shows

We’ve had a really busy couple of months with preparing our Edinburgh Fringe shows and working on a new album, but we’re looking forward to getting back into the Festival way of things, especially as we’ll have new material recorded.

The album is at the mixing stage but is already sounding great. We’ll let you know the track listing when we have it sorted but it features a handful of songs we’ve introduced to the set over the past year or two and a bunch of songs which we plan to introduce to the set in August. There’s also one old favourite which we’ve included in a slightly different format from normal – listeners to our podcast The Scottish Song Guide might be able to figure out which one!

We are once again doing a full three week run at Venue 40 (Quaker Meeting House) during the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August and we’re also playing a few evening shows at Venue 57 (The Jazz Bar) too. Full details are on the Concerts page but you can find the link to buy tickets below:

Venue 40 (Quaker Meeting House) shows
8th-27th August – 4.30pm

Venue 57 (The Jazz Bar) shows
6th / 13th August – 7pm  &  27th August – 8.30pm

Springtime Activity

Well, we may have got a flurry of live activity out of the way for now (having played, 2016-03-05 18.48.24among others, the stunning Saint Stephen’s Stockbridge and then the beautiful Cromlix Hotel earlier this month), but we have been anything but idle since.

Marty has been busy finalising shows for the summer (more details of them later) and we have started work on a new album. We’re very excited to be recording our first new studio album since Auld Lang Syne in 2012, and have really enjoyed having the time to work on some songs which are new to us. We’ll bring you updates as we get further into the whole process and give you an idea of what you can expect to hear on the album as it nears completion.

The other bit of recording we did recently was for the 4th episode of our podcast series, The Scottish Song Guide with The Sorries.
The new episode, in which we tackle the song Bonnie Dundee, is AVAILABLE NOW.

Please remember, feel free to get in touch if you want to share any info or queries about the songs, a booking, the shows or the podcast – you can do that from the Contact page here or through Facebook.

Live in Edinburgh – Friday 4th March

Just a week to go until we play Saint Stephen’s Stockbridge. The concert, on Friday 4th March, will be the first Edinburgh show in over 7 months and we’re looking forward to playing in such a stunning venue.

Tickets are £8/£6 (+ booking fee) and are available from:


Until then, here’s one of the favourites from last year’s Edinburgh Fringe  show, Ettrick Valley. Enjoy!