Category Archives: See us play live!

Burns Night at the BBC

The lads performed on the BBC for the Burns Supper this year! Some great recitals of Burns’ poetry, braw singing and some fine haggis!

Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party!

We had such a blast at the Edinburgh Hogmanay Street Party on the Royal Mile! Hundreds of dancers – just great fun!


St.Andrew’s Day Celebrations + new video!

What a great day in the Grassmarket in Edinburgh at The St.Andrew’s Day Celebrations! Teaching four-dozen toddlers how to do the Canadian Barn Dance in a wee dome tent in the morning…to playing an Orcadian Strip the Willow to a crowd of over 2000 people at the end of the night!  We also caught up with Scottish folk legend Dougie MacLean (writer of “Caledonia”) backstage!

Check out out new video! Cheers, Hamish, John & Stevie

St.Andrews & St.Andrews

Hey Folks! Great ceilidh on Friday night in Glasgow city centre. John, Stevie and I are honoured to be playing a huge ceilidh at “SAintS” (Saint Andrews in the Square).  This truly stunning venue is surely the ultimate place to play a St.Andrews night!!!! Come on down! — at St Andrews in the Square: Glasgow’s Centre for Scottish Culture.

Promoting Scottish music, song and dance to the widest possible audience, this stunning restored former church is a 300 capacity venue run by St Andrews in the Square Charitable Trust.

The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band

Friday 29th November 2013
Tickets £10/8 or on the door

Cask Strength to Play World Record Breaking Dance!

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 16.33.49The band have the honour of playing for a world-record breaking attempt at the largest Strip the Willow ever attempted! The St.Andrew’s Day street party in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket will be one of the highlights of the years cultural celebrations, featuring acclaimed Scottish singer Dougie MacLean (writer of hit Scottish song ‘Caledonia’). Dougie will be joined by Admiral Fallow frontman Louis Abbot and leading Scottish folk bands Blazin’ Fiddles and Breabach!

The Cask Strength Ceilidh Band will play at a massive kids ceilidh during the day, and will be joined by mighty fiddler Adam Sutherland for the big dance later on! More info here.

Should be quite a spectacle!

However, the Orcadians’ in Kirkwall have surely set us all an impossible task – and I do believe similar attempts have been made on both the wee Isle of Gigha at the mighty music festival there, as well a huge one for Oban’s Bicentenary Celebrations.

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Celtic Connections 2013

UnknownAs highly regarded musicians on the Scottish music scene all three members of the Cask Strength CB will be involved at the World Renowned festival of Celtic music which takes place this January in Glasgow.

During the festival one of the Cask Strength lads is up for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, while the others are being filmed for BBC Alba Gaelic TV, singing in Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Andy Thorburn’s ‘New Voices’ choir or performing live on BBC Radio 3 ‘World on 3’ programme.