The Razorbills are gracing Knockengorroch with their presence once again and we couldn’t be happier! A Galloway-based indie-folk-punk band, producing music which blends acoustic instrumentation with strands of the folk tradition and pop/rock styles. They will fiddle and banjo you all over the dance floor.
Reviewing their first album “To Hell With Youth & Beauty”, fRoots magazine commented: “The Razorbills are quirky and brassy enough to stand on their own. Idiosyncracy a go go”, and R2 magazine, giving them 4 stars, were happy to report that, “the sound is infused with an electric energy and unpredictable quirkiness which steers well clear of the overly praised Mumfords’ territory”. Their second album “Like Everybody Else” received play on 6Music’s “FreakZone” and Radio Scotland’s 2014 Independence Referendum programming.
The Razorbills took flight from weekly acoustic sessions in the creative Scottish town of Gatehouse of Fleet. Initially formed as The Geese in 2008 by husband and wife, Alan (guitar) and Michelle (fiddle) McClure and Harry Thomson (banjo/mandolin), the band played pubs, halls and festivals in their local area and released a well-received EP “Cursory Rhymes” in 2010.
Following this, they decided to add some punch to their sound and recruited punk/pub-rock veteran Richard Ipaint on drums and Jon Noad, from local band Carrifran, on bass. Now with a new line-up, but just as folky and punky, they are continuing to write and create with new drummer and clarinet player, Rebecca Redden. They are currently working on a new release, an EP provisionally (and imaginatively) titled “Provisionally Titled”.
If the Razorbills don’t get you in the mood for a Ceilidh then nothing will!