Alastair Caplin of The Langan Band on Rehearsals within the Scottish Highlands and Retaining a Journal


The Langan Band

Inform us about your tour automobile. Any notable breakdown tales?

We’ve had a wide range of automobiles through the years, many vehicles and battered previous vans! They’ve all damaged down at one level or one other, and our bassist Dave’s present automobile hasn’t seen the skin of the storage for over two years now! One factor we’ve discovered over time although is that having all three of us in the identical automobile for prolonged journeys will not be very conducive to taking part in good reveals on the finish of these journeys!

How do you eat cheaply and/or wholesome whereas on tour?

Tough one which … it’s obtained loads simpler within the UK lately with the introduction of a lot more healthy meals retailers at service stations, nevertheless it was once completely horrible! I’m T1 Diabetic myself so staying energetic and consuming healthily on tour is a reasonably fixed problem when it comes to discovering the time to train and getting non-sugary meals.

What number of strings do you break in a typical 12 months? How a lot does it price to interchange them?

For me, solely a pair a 12 months with the fiddle, however many, many bow hairs get left strewn on levels. I restring the fiddle as soon as a month on common for about £80 per set, and I must rehair the bow not less than twice a 12 months, costing £90 a go.

The place do you rehearse?

All of us dwell in numerous components of the nation, and infrequently get time collectively to do devoted rehearsals to be trustworthy. After we could make the time to get every week or two collectively, we are inclined to go to a lovely place within the Highlands referred to as Inshriach Home – a lovely huge home subsequent to the River Spey the place we are able to actually comfortably write, rehearse, and simply benefit from the setting.

What was the title and a pattern lyric from the primary tune that you simply wrote?

‘Demons’ was one of many first band songs, greatest pattern lyric: ‘I believe that Demon is you’

Describe your first gig.

There have been so many little began gigs with barely totally different line-ups of the band, we used to busk across the nation loads as nicely earlier than we had been formally a band as such. The primary correct gig for the band I assume could be the Danny Kyle Awards for Celtic Connections in Glasgow. The primary full gig I did with the band was at a lovely competition referred to as The Insider Pageant in Scotland, it was a riotously wild affair, and was additionally the genesis of the tune ‘Leg Of Lamb’.

What was your final day job? What was your favourite day job?

It’s all the time been music for me. I did a 12 months educating horse-riding after I was 17/18 simply to see if I might deal with a 12 months with out music. I couldn’t, so right here I’m now!

How has your music-related revenue modified over the previous 5-10 years? What do you anticipate it to appear to be 5-10 years from now?

It’s difficult. The band is getting an increasing number of profitable, so we’re seeing a lot better revenue from that. Nevertheless the business is actually dying for bands that simply wish to make nice music and tour round. Persons are struggling to seek out the cash to go and see dwell gigs again dwelling, and other people don’t purchase CDs anymore so getting returns out of your albums is way tougher, particularly with the ridiculously unfair quantities of income gleaned from streaming companies.

What one factor are you aware now that you simply had wished you knew once you began your profession in music?

For the final couple of years I’ve been attempting to jot down a each day journal about something that has been taking place or going by my head. I want I had began that a lot youthful – it’s already proved so helpful as a nicely of fabric, and might be embarrassingly hilarious as nicely to see what was bothering you at a specific second in time!

For almost 15 years now, the three members of The Langan Band have been carving out their very own lawlessly virtuosic path of sound; rampaging by the boundaries of typical style and cavorting into the territories of untamed abandon, purest intimacy, and unconditional musical elation.

The trio had been initially introduced collectively by a deep respect of conventional tune and music, but they found a mutual love of the evisceration and regeneration of those items into provocative and interesting new compositions, as was recognised by the band profitable the distinguished Danny Kyle Award at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections Pageant at first of their journey collectively. This sound and course of went on to tell the band’s now principally unique repertoire, and has resulted in a musical expertise fairly not like another.

Ayrshire-born John Langan is discovered centre-stage, seated on an explosive foot percussion rig of his personal devising and fronting the trio with intricate fiery guitar rhythms and witheringly candy and scathing vocals. To his proper stands Alastair Caplin, a classically educated violinist equally discerning in each the London Prog-People/Jazz scenes he occupied for years and likewise the blistering conventional reels and jigs of his native Outer Hebrides. Stage left is the area of Angus-born Dave Tunstall and his double bass; from right here emanates a seductive concoction of eerily-bowed soundscapes, heart-stopping bass traces, and together with Caplin’s blurred bowing a really monumental wall of orchestral noise.

Plight o’ Sheep, their newest album, was launched in 2023. Join with the group on-line and on the highway.

  • Friday, April nineteenth – DROM – NYC
  • Sunday, April twenty first – Templeton Blackburn Auditorium – Mountain Stage -Athens, Ohio
  • Tuesday, April twenty third – Jammin’ Java – Vienna, VA
  • Wednesday, April twenty fourth – Richmond Music Corridor – Richmond, VA
  • Friday, April twenty sixth – Merlefest – Wilkesboro, NC
  • Saturday, April twenty seventh – Pageant Worldwide de Louisiane – Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Sunday, April twenty eighth – Hideaway on Lee – Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Wednesday, Might 1st – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, GA
  • Thursday, Might 2nd – Excessive Gravity – Mills River, NC


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