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Subject: Wolfstone FAQ
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WOLFSTONE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Maintained by Gabe Helou (email@example.com)
Version 1.48, November 30, 2008
Welcome to the Wolfstone FAQ. This document provides basic
information about the band; it is intended for unfamiliar with
Wolfstone as well as current fans.
The latest version of this FAQ can be obtained by sending the
following message to Majordomo@ml.wolfstone.org:
get wolfstone FAQ
The most recent version is posted monthly to the Usenet groups
rec.music.celtic, rec.answers and news.answers.
Table of Contents
- What is Wolfstone?
- What is new with Wolfstone?
- Is Wolfstone currently touring?
- How did Wolfstone begin?
- What Wolfstone releases are there?
- What about "Wolfstone" and "Wolfstone II"?
- What Wolfstone tours have there been?
- Where can I get their video?
- Who are Wolfstone?
- What happened to Struan Eaglesham, Mop Youngson and Ivan Drever?
- What is the address for the fan club?
- How can I get announcements about the band?
- How can I participate in on-line fan activities?
- Does Wolfstone have a home page?
- How can I use the on-line archives?
- Can I get a more readable copy of "The Half Tail" lyrics?
- What other informational resources are there?
- What other bands might Wolfstone fans like?
- Where can I hear Wolfstone live?
- Where can I get booking information?
- Who distributes Wolfstone's music?
What is Wolfstone?
A band from Scotland (The Highlands, Perthshire & Glasgow)
that brings together the drive of rock-and-roll with the melodies
of Celtic music. They produce a style of Celtic rock that many
Described as "bagpipes with an attitude," the energy and vitality
that Wolfstone brings to the stage is infectious; their audiences
are often brought to their collective feet with the opening notes
of the first tune.
What is new with Wolfstone?
In January 2007, Wolfstone released their highly anticipated
album "Terra Firma" with a launch party at The Ironworks in
Is Wolfstone currently touring?
They toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, Britain, Europe
and the USA in 2006. Details for future tour dates will be
announced as they become available. You can check the Wolfstone
mailing list or refer to:
for up-to-date information.
How did Wolfstone begin?
In 1989 Duncan Chisholm found himself recording a solo album
in his native Scottish Highlands. Until this point, although
having interests in most styles of music, Duncan had been a first-
class exponent of the traditional Scottish Highland fiddle style,
studying under the expert tutelage of the late Donald Riddle, but
here surrounded by an array of studio toys, he began to see the
means to scratch the itch which had begun to bother him for some
time. Duncan had met Stuart Eaglesham at a session in a local pub
and a short time later and ask him to join in forming a band.
Stuart`s brother Struan, working on the west coast at the time and
playing keyboards was given a similar offer. Piper Alan Wilson
blew in from Bonar Bridge to back Duncan up on the tunes and Roger
Niven from Avoch on the Black Isle provided lead guitar, soon to
be replaced by Andy Murray.
A couple of years later the songwriting talents of Orcadian
Ivan Drever completed the embryonic Wolfstone line-up who, with
sequenced drums and bass, performed their launchpad gig at the
first Highland Traditional Music Festival held in nearby Dingwall
in 1989. Playing tunes and songs the way they wanted to hear
them, the band were offered further gigs as a result of their
H.T.M.F. appearance and embarked on what was to become several
interesting years of playing the village halls up and down the
length and breadth of the Highlands and Islands.
Their teeth well and truly cut, the band were offered their
first recording contract with the Lismore/Iona record label in
Glasgow, and an opportunity to work with the legendary Silly
Wizard accordion virtuoso Phil Cunningham as producer resulted in
their first album Unleashed in 1991 The Unleashed album saw both a
musical step forward and a chance to cast aside the drum and bass
sequencer and work with a real drummer and bassist in the shape of
John Henderson and Neil Hay. Both John and Neil, very experienced
and respected session players, helped the band surge forward not
only in the studio but also in a number of live gigs promoting
During the recording of Unleashed the band were offered a support
slot on the Runrig stage at Loch Lomond near Glasgow. The exposure
to and experience of playing in front of the huge audience saw the
band catapulted onto a new level of touring and playing larger
gigs and festivals, not only in the UK but increasingly now in
Europe, North America and Canada.
What Wolfstone releases are there?
The following CDs should be available at most well-stocked stores:
1991: Unleashed (Green Linnet - US; Iona elsewhere)
1992: The Chase (Green Linnet - US; Iona elsewhere)
1994: Year of the Dog (Green Linnet)
1996: Half Tail (Green Linnet)
1997: Pick of the Litter: The Best of Wolfstone 1991-1996
1998: This Strange Place (Green Linnet)
1999: Seven (Green Linnet)
2001: Not Enough Shouting - Live (Once Bitten)
2002: Almost an Island, May 2002 (Once Bitten)
2007: Terra Firma, January 2007 (Once Bitten)
In addition to these albums, the following items were once
available, have long been out of print, but may be
re-released in the not-to-distant future:
"Captured Alive" -- This concert video was recorded at the
Music Hall in Aberdeen during
'The Chase' Tour, 1992
"Burning Horizons" -- a three-song EP. Features the only
version of "Battle" currently recorded.
"Unleashed - The Preview" -- Four track sampler of the
Unleashed CD, featuring different versions
of "Erin," "Song For Yesterday," "Ready for
the Storm" & "A Stoir Moi Chroi."
What about "Wolfstone" and "Wolfstone II"?
These are re-issues of old recordings that don't have anything to
do with the current group and are being sold against the band's
wishes. The band gets no royalties from them.
Duncan Chisholm offers the band's word on these two:
"We disown those two albums. The band we are in
does not reflect what was going on then; a different
line up with different ideas and objectives; anyone
buying those two albums is not buying a Wolfstone
recording. We would never promote them and we
certainly wouldn't sell them to anyone."
Some of the fans have been less reserved in their comments:
A friend of mine went to Scotland and Ireland and
bought the offending Wolfstone recordings there. I
couldn't stop her ... they're not what I think of
when I think Wolfstone.
What Wolfstone tours have there been?
With the release of _The_Chase_ in 1992, Wolfstone's touring
schedule expanded to include Europe and North America. Highlights
included the headline spot at the Avante Festival in Portugal
where they played to over 70,000 people. Their success at the
international Tonder Festival in Denmark caused them to be the
only band ever to be invited to perform for three consecutive
years. In North America, repeat appearances at California's
Strawberry Festival and the prestigious Telluride Festival in
Colorado brought them legions of new fans with their energetic and
electrifying live performances. On the strength of their
Green Linnet album, _Year_of_the_Dog_, Wolfstone embarked on
an extensive tour of North America in 1995, beginning in February
on the West Coast. Festivals appearances included The Winnipeg
Folk Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival.
1996 saw a tour of Europe in June and July, followed by a North
American tour and the release of _Half_Tail_. With tour dates
in Europe during the early part of 1997. Since 1997, Wolfstone
have continued to play festivals and special events. In 2002,
the band returned to the USA to the delight of their North
In 2003, the band conintue to tour throughout Europe, but have
had to postponed their North American tours due to logistics
2004 found the band making three tours of North American,
in addtion to their ongoing European schedule. 2005 and
2006 continued the global trend with two more North American
Tours, as well as continueing their tours of continental
Europe and the British Isles.
Look forward to seeing more of Wolfstone in the future.
Where can I get their video?
The video is currently out of print, but may be re-issued in
Who are Wolfstone?
Duncan Chisholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiddle
Stuart Eaglesham . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitars & Vocals
Davie Dunsmuir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitars
Stevie Saint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pipes & Whistles
Alyn Cosker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drums
Colin Cunningham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass
What happened to Struan Eaglesham, Mop Youngson and Ivan Drever
and Wayne MacKenzie?
Struan is plying a marine engineering trade and still playing
Mop is still playing music including a stint with the Old Blind
Dogs and more recently performing in a project with Ivan Drever.
Ivan is kept very busy with his solo career and his duo
performances with Duncan.
Wayne's non-performing career no longer affords him the flexible
time needed for touring and he's concentrating his efforts there.
What are the addresses for the fan club?
Fans can get most of their Wolfstone questions answered at the
band's web site:
Fan activities are also carried out via the Wolfstone mailing
How can I get announcements about the band?
Announcements will be posted to the band's web site as well as to
readers of the Wolfstone electronic mailing list.
How can I participate in on-line fan activities?
Wolfstone is discussed on rec.music.celtic fairly frequently. You
can also join the Wolfstone mailing list by sending the following
message to Majordomo@ml.wolfstone.org:
If you are using a mail system that tends to produce unusual "From:"
headers, you may need to send the following:
subscribe wolfstone firstname.lastname@example.org (Your Real Name)
subscribe wolfstone email@example.com (Gabe Helou)
The Wolfstone mailing list is a discussion-oriented mailing list.
If you are only interested in getting announcements about the band,
you can subscribe to wolfstone-announce instead. Just substitute
"wolfstone-announce" for "wolfstone" in the above instructions.
How can I use the on-line archives?
You can get the most recent list of files in the archive by
sending the following message to Majordomo@ml.wolfstone.org:
Can I get a more readable copy of "The Half Tail" lyrics?
Send the following message to Majordomo@ml.wolfstone.org:
get wolfstone notes.half_tail
What other informational resources are there?
The Wolfstone mailing list and home page (see above) are an effort
to get information out as fast as possible. If you want to keep a
close watch on the band, check these out.
What other bands might Wolfstone fans like?
Wolfstone credits Runrig with paving the way for Celtic rock
groups. If you've already picked up all of the available Wolfstone
releases, you might want to look into some early Runrig.
Some band member also try to catch Dick Gaughan or Dougie MacLean
when they can.
Where can I hear Wolfstone live?
You can get the most recent list of tour dates by mailing the
following message to Majordomo@ml.wolfstone.org:
get wolfstone tour_dates
The definitive source for tour dates is:
Where can I get booking information?
Wolfstone uses the following booking agencies:
El Cohete Internacional
Carlos Barral C/Mendizabal
4-1 IZDA, 33003, Oviedo, SPAIN
Tel 00349 8520 5396
Fax 00349 8520 5481
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
Art & Music
Ph.: + 45 75753291
Fax.: + 45 75751970
E-mail - email@example.com
Contact: Bent Juul Rasmussen
Frame Events Snc (Executive Office)
Via provinciale, 24 - 24024
Gandino (Bergamo), Italy
Mr Gigi Bresciani
Tel/Fax 0039 035 732005
E-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
REST OF THE WORLD
PO Box 5591
Inverness, Scotland, UK
Tel - +44 (0)7766 741499
E-mail - email@example.com
Who distributes Wolfstone's music?
CADIZ MUSIC LTD (Cadiz Digital Ltd)
2 Greenwich Quay, Clarence Road,
London. SE8 3EY, England, UK
Tel +44(0)20 8692 3555
Fax: +44(0)20 8469 3300
Unit 7D, Muir-of-Ord Industrial Estate
Great North Road, Muir-of-Ord
Ross-shire. IV6 7UA, Scotland, UK
Tel +44(0)1463 871422
Fax +44(0)1463 871433
This information was provided by Wolfstone and others. Some bits are
straight out of Gabe Helou's imagination.
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"People were leaving the seats of their otherwise sedate little folk venues to
usashamedly dance in the aisles and, in some places, even on the tables."
-- Dirty Linen Magazine
last-updated: (BGH) Fri Oct 31 15:42:03 EST 2008
It might be a good idea to call ahead to check on ticket availability,
times, and exact locations before driving long distances to these
Hope to see lots of you out there!
-- November 2008 ------------------------------------ Scotland
15 Lonach Hall, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
Tickets ?15 & available at www.thebooth.co.uk
or The Spar Shop, Bellabeg.
Tel 019756 51414 for more information.
21 Back Recreational Community Hall
(Back Football Club), Upper Coll, Back, Isle of Lewis.
Special Fund Raising Gig for the Isle of Lewis
Macmillan Cancer Support Committee.
e-mail all ticket requests/enquiries to:
or available from the An Lanntair Arts Centre
(ticket office; not online)
Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
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