Nae Regrets has made it’s triumphant return to Northwest Folklife 2014 — after 2 years of being away, we’rrrreee baaaa-aacckk! Our shows have been going well — we’ve been gaining new fans and reconnecting with our tried & true fans. We’ve also been getting rained on … and pipes don’t work so well when they’re wet.
Today we had our traditional Big Blow Out Show. We were joined by one of our consummate trooper bellydancers, Deidra, and met a new-to-us dancer, Rebecca. Both ladies were great and the show went well. Early this weekend NWFolklife planners were talking about putting us back on a stage if we return for 2015.
In the evenings I’ve been workin’ on the railroad … er, I mean, working on our new webpage. My initial tweaks went well, everything since has gone … well, elsewhere … but then — as the saying goes — “I’m hardware”. I’ve put a note into our web-mistress that I’m screwing up her work, or at least screwing up something with this site, and she’ll take a stab at it as soon as she can.
In the mean time … we have ONE MORE DAY OF FOLKLIFE!!! So … come out and see us.
(Psst! What’s after that? We’re working on lining up some shows around the 4th of July.)
(ORIGINALLY POSTED Feb 2, 2012 @ 8:46)
7March2012 @ 1:49PM ~ by BagpiperDon
In preparation for our St. Patrick’s Day performances Nae Regrets has scheduled 2 days of rehearal this weekend. BassMan BriAn & I intend to broadcast some of this work on UStream.tv or a similar site. No guarantees on the sound or video quality since we’ll be cobbling our meager gear together to pull it off, but starving artists have to start somewhere right? Providing we hold an e-performance, watch the Nae Regrets’ FaceBook fanpage for further show-time(s) information.
Your logo help is needed…
I’m pleased to announce that Nae Regrets is finally GROWING! The sound is expanding, new music is developing, and my hunger from skipping lunch is growing. We’re also growing our aesthetic adding to my band members’ appearance, to the website, and to our upcoming albums (psst — we’re working toward 2 right now!). With this, Nae Regrets needs a logo!
After much contemplation & deliberation the Nae Regrets’ Research & Development department has identified the basis of a logo concept — a triple spiral better known as a Triskelion or Triskele, as featured to the right. My intention is to use this on the website, the next album, on band shirts for our fans, and on our own performance clothing … on a banner, a bass drum head like every other band, playbills, et cetera.
This is all well and fine of course, however while Nae Regrets has a R&D department and Web Team, we are desperately lacking a Graphics Design house (budget cut-backs from last year, you understand — Bill Gates apparently didn’t see us as a charitable cause). While the sample featured here is only a demo, we need our own work done, and as with most current Nae Regrets’ endeavours we need this work prepared for free or cheap — please contact me if you think you can help. We (as in me) can promise to repay you in the form of lauding on gratitude, web links, copies of finished product, and a hand-shake or a hug if ever in the same town … and lunch, I can probably buy you lunch. Speaking of which, I’m off to scrounge up dinner…
Good bye to our old HTML friend…
Thank you for visiting the the New & Improved NaeRegrets.com — just launched today!
My friend and web-master ninja, Barrett, built the new NaeRegrets.com. The new site looks great and has even easier navigation. Together, along with working out a few bugs, we’re doing some R&D on new features to the site like a Nae Regrets Radio — a page where fans can go to listen to recordings of shows and rehearsals. As Soon As Possible I will be adding new content — if you have an article about Nae Regrets, perhaps talking about our performance or maybe reviewing our latest CD, please email it to me via the contact page — your article could be posted on the site!
The former HTML site served NaeRegrets.com well, the last I heard it started its retirement by snow-birding in Arizona — we wish it all the best!
Coming Spring 2011
… er, make that 2012
Oh yes, it’s time! Nae Regrets is busily preparing our next album. Working title “Widdendream”, being an obsolete Scottish word (noun) meaning “A state of mental disturbance or confusion”. Get your copy As Soon As Possible through this website or at BagpipeDiscs.com.
Nae Regrets Wants YOU!
Send Us Your Videos/Photos and Musicians
23August2010 ~ by BagpiperDon
Northwest Folklife is always a great event for Nae Regrets — and if 2009 was lightening, then 2010 was the heavy thunder rolling on its heals. Since this year’s event people have been asking when & where is our next big show. You asked for it –You Got It!
Members of Nae Regrets have begun exploring the ‘future vision’ I’ve held for the band — that we grow dynamically and do more stage performances. To do this, we need a few things, and I am turning to the fans of Nae Regrets for support — we are looking for your videos & photos and additional musicians.Videos & Photos — If you caught us at NWFolklife and would be willing to allow us to use your videos/photos as part of our promotional materials, please contact us.Seeking Musicians — talk to your friends, Nae Regrets is looking to add…
- Singer(s) – An alto with strong skills and probably also a male vocalist; must have a willingness to learn weird Celtic songs, have creative abilities and a good commercial appearance.
- Fiddle – Not Castro, we’d probably like to go electric.
- Keyboard – Which would be… well, a keyboardist.
- Guitar – Acoustic & electric.
Musicians & Dancers WANTED
Nae Regrets is seeking additional musicians & dancers. If you think you’re the person for the job — contact us and we’ll see about trying you out. For all others, please enjoy this wonderful picture of a fabulous djembe.
- Highland Bagpiper — If one is good, then 2 are better – how about a 3rd
- Singer — probably female, possibly also a male vocalist
- Fiddle — maybe not right away but eventually
- Accoustic &/or Electric guitar — preferably someone who can play both
- Keyboardist — gotta have it!
- Dancers — Nae Regrets is always looking for back-up &/or additional dancers simply because life happens and our fabulous dancers can’t always make it. Highland Dancers, Irish Dancers & Bellydancers.
…By the way, the “job” per se’ isn’t really a “job” — there are no health benefits, no 401K, no pay checks, heck there aren’t even garunteed coffee breaks. However, the person with the right skills and attitude can go far — which goes without saying in any “job” — but when it comes to Nae Regrets, a good attitude counts for everything.
At the 2010 Skagit Valley Highland Games in Mount Vernon Washington I met up with an associate of mine, Ian Lawther — proprietor of BagpipeDiscs.com, and a highly skilled Highland and Uilliean bagpipe player. Ian accepted the first supply of Nae Regrets’ latest album “Alive at Northwest Folklife 2010”, immediately selling 2 copies, and following the weekend made our disc available through his website. Since going into business, Ian has developed his company and website to carry a wide range of discs covering all aspects of piping — pipe bands, solo Scottish pipers, ancient piping styles all the way to the latest techno/fusion bagpipe albums, Northumbrian and Uilleann pipes and the various bagpipes of Europe.
BagpipeDiscs.com featuring Nae Regrets’ “Alive at Northwest Folklife 2009”