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.)
Dwayne ate haggis for the first … and he liked it!
Yes, that’s right, my guys played the Seattle Gung Haggis Fat Choy on 19February2012. While persenting the salute to the haggis, Robert Burns style but as a rap, in an impromptue moment Dwayne got called up to eat haggis. To my understanding 1) Dwayne has never had haggis before, and 2) Dwayne still doesn’t know what’s in haggis (BTW folks, its really much better than folks complain, and usually those folks have never had it). Dwayne reported that he liked it, and as this was in front of the WHOLE Seattle GHFC audience, I’m thinking about allowing Dwayne to bypass the customary Nae Regrets’ new musician initiation. We had two crazy sets during both we debuted new music — music the GHFC crowd has not heard and also new tunes we’ve not performed yet. BassMan BriAn sported a shiny new mohawk (it even had that ‘new mohawk smell’), a must-see Seattle land-mark if you’re a tourist; I’m still looking for a picture of the new ‘hawk for reasons of prosperity and scientific review. (NOTE – Picture provided for use with kind permission by Jeff Haws — Thanks Jeff!)
Pipes & Drum at the King County Arts Council Offices in Seattle
Dwayne & I produced a Nae Regrets-lite performance for Tina today at the King County Arts Council offices in downtown Seattle. Amid their holiday celebration Tina requested a pipe & drum performance for her birthday — surprising her office-mates!
With few of her coworkers aware of our coming, we snuck in — through the front door, of course. We started our performance half-way up the stairs to the second level of their offices with a rousing round of our Brown-haired Maiden set ending at the top of the stairs in the center of the surprised party. We then rounded out our set debuting a jig-combo, a tune relative to the Harry Potter series, and finished with a bit of Queen’s “We Will Rock You” & the tried-and-true Scotland The Brave.
After our performance we found that there are a great group of people operating the King County Arts Council. They received us well and we hope to play for them again!
Hiding out in their break-room
Dwayne & Don
Just your typical kilted office workers
There’s loud music in your office…
I think this is the first time Nae Regrets has performed in an office.
…and I reckon it was the first time bagpipes & a drum were used to rock-out in this office, too.
Big finish — BIG FINISH!
EGADS BagpiperDon, what’s that fuzz on your face?!?
GOOD NIGHT SEATTLE!!!
…er, KING COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL!!!