lads and lassies, 2015 wasn't a bad Bunch of Bastards-year at all. The first half of the year we played a dozen or so gigs, among which two in Germany and one in Belgium. Let's stick to a few highlights. In fact, there were no bummers. No-one got hospitalized and no-one left the band, so all was good in that respect. We like to think we grew tighter as a band, at least we rehearsed a lot and worked on fun parts in our show and on extending the setlist. And the year ended recording.
But first things first. The 2015 gigging started celebrating Rabbie Burns day. At one of the later spring gigs, the band before us were not only freaking out on something not presribed by the doctor, but were also playing the bar empty. Luckily the publican intervened and cut them short. By way of thanking him, and to let of steam, we proceeded to play a very tight gig indeed. A few weeks later we traveled south-easterly towards Stuttgart, where we played an international Celtic Punk Folk Festival with The Moorings from France and Paddy and the Rats from Hungary. Enjoying the scenery the next day, we strolled into a garden of a monastry to sing our lyrics in would-be Ambrosian style. A good laugh indeed. A pub gig in Bavaria started off by the publican being very worried that our noise-level would upset the punters, which did not at all turn out to be the case, instead, a good time was had by all. A few weeks later, we at BoB had the privilege to play support to the Scottish-Canadian legends The Real MacKenzies in Rotterdam. The last spring gig saw BoB as closing band at the reknown three-day Na Fir Bolg festival (campsite and all), playing a big crowd in a huge tent.
After the summer, we concentrated on rehearsing and songwriting rather than gigging, though of course we did play a few gigs. Mostly though, we were preparing ourselves for the road towards recording an album. In October we spent four fun days in a studio, recording no less than 9 songs. Plans to finish recording in 2015 were canceled due to someone near one of us passing away, so the end of 2015 left us with 2/3 of an album, eager to finish it early in the new year, while gigs for started 2016 coming in.