• Food

    Garam Masala Recipe

    I used the last of my home-made garam masala in my recent recipe, lamb curry, so have just finished a new batch. I don’t normally measure the quantities but I did this time so I could share the recipe. I have no idea if this is remotely authentic but I do know that it tastes good. Garam Masala

  • Food

    Lamb Curry Recipe

    I don’t usually follow recipes for my Indian main dishes. This one turned out so tasty I thought I should write it down.

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    Our First Film: Out Of Milk

    A few months ago, when my two wee boys had a day off school, Fiona left for work when the three of us were still lazing about in bed. She lay a video camera on the end of the bed and said, “I want you to make a film by the time I get home.” I think she was expecting something short and rough but we decided to do the job properly. Below is the result… enjoy!

  • Music

    Old-Time Tune: Roscoe’s Gone – Updated

    I’ve been playing the tune i posted yesterday for a day now. The more i play it the more I love it! As with most tunes it has started to change to suit my fingers so here is an updated version which is closer to the way I am now playing it.

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    Old-Time Tune: Roscoe’s Gone

    Here is my approximation of an old-time fiddle tune I heard yesterday on an album by American group The Stairwell Sisters. I couldn’t find it online so I just transcribed it myself. Apparently it was written by someone called Hank Bradley on the passing of an old fiddle player called Roscoe Parish. I love the 2/4 bar at the end of each part… really pushes it along.

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    Memories Of The Ceilidh Bandidos’ First Gig

    I can’t quite remember how our first gig came about (care to shed some light on this guys?) but it was for a wedding at a very nice house near Lochgilphead, Mid Argyll. I think the house belonged to the parents of the bride and they had laid on quite an impressive spread. There was the main marquee for dining and dancing, a second marquee with a sumptuous buffet and they were both joined to the main house by wooden floored and covered walkways.

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    The Smell Of Dancing

    When the Ceilidh Bandidos first formed in 2001 we decided to announce our birth to the world through the medium of the West Highland’s largest (literally) newspaper, The Oban Times.

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    Strathspè Away

    I was in Kingussie this weekend taking part in a festival of dance called Strathspè Away. The festival is primarily about teaching traditional dance, but also incorporates some contemporary forms such as hip hop and salsa.