What's Happening in the Catgut & Steel World

And... It's out!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Lone Ride Home, the long awaited second album by Catgut & Steel is on the street and online. Look for us on Spotify or iTunes or many other streaming and download services. All songs written by Mike Moroney and produced by local legend John Egenes.

New Recording Underway

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We're pleased to say that we're into the recording process with MZMIC under the production hand of John Egenes. Bass and drums down - big thanks to Steve Hudson and John Dodd. This will be a (yet to be named) album of Catgut & Steel originals.

Watch this space.

Such Sadness

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Earlier this week I found my dear friend and long-time bandmate Marcus Turner dead in his bed at home. This has been such a shock not only to mee but to the whole folk community throughout New Zealand and even overseas. Marcus had only just booked a European tour for September - I wrote his bio:
Multi-­instrumentalist, singer/songwriter Marcus Turner is a New Zealand folk music icon, regularly guesting at New Zealand folk festivals and clubs for more than 30 years. Since the unlikely minor hit single of his satirical Civil Service Song in the early 80s­ and his stint as a young television personality – he has become renowned for his astute song writing, from the dark to the endearing; from the political to the exceedingly funny.

Marcus gained international recognition with performances at Australian and British festivals, coming to the attention of many other performers who have covered his songs, most notably Andy Irvine who recorded When the Boys Are On Parade.

Based in Dunedin, living on the Otago Peninsula he finds no shortage of inspiration in the natural world around him, with a cynical eye for its future. Add to this his interest in, and considerable
repertoire of music from other traditions and languages, no performance is ever predictable or dull. It is no overstatement to say the audience is always left wanting more."

Little did I think it would be his eulogy.

Mike Moroney

A Busy Summer

Monday, January 25, 2016

At the end of last year things were looking a little dire on the Catgut Calendar, but suddenly the gigs are flooding in. As well as a run of appearances in some of Dunedin's finest cafes and bars (check out the "Gigs" page), the wedding season is in full swing with a number of ceilidh requests - as far North as Akoroa! We love those. We also have a lovely little barndance to play on Quarantine Island!

The Burns Dinner (on the occasion of the Bard's birthday) was a spectacle to behold with the Dunedin Scottish Fiddle Orchestra playing them in. Organiser Sean Brosnahan writes,
"Please pass on our sincere thanks to the members of the DSFO who played at the Burns Night last evening and a special thanks to you for arranging it. I had many many comments from appreciative listeners who were impressed with the new level of ‘class’ that the music added to our event. "

If you're a keen or budding fiddle player - why not join us? Check out the contact on the "Booking" page and drop Mike a line.

Burns Dinner

Monday, January 25, 2016

Mike and Anna and the Dunedin Scottish Fiddle Orchestra play for the annual Burns Dinner - a celebration of the bard's birthday and the Scottish Heart of Dunedin. Monday January 25th at Toitu, Otago Settlers Museum.

Lions Lark in the Park

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sunday 14th February, in the mid-afternoon. We'll be doing a wee spot. Not sure of times yet.

Playing the Inch Bar

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Always a great little intimate gig at the Gardens Corner. Come down, sit on a keg and and soak up the music - we kick off at 8:30

Anna joins a really good chior

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

After playing as guest violinist for the Southern Consort of Voices programme of Scandinavian music, Anna has put down her fiddle and joined the choir (2nd altos) for their upcoming programme for the Early Music Festival. E10 THE GLORIOUS SPANISH AND ITALIAN RENAISSANCE A part of the third annual New Zealand International Early Music Festival
Sunday 6 March, 6pm, All Saints’ Church.