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June wedding

Posted by on Jun 11, 2016 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

Hall decorated for wedding

The bride and groom took full advantage of the fantastic weather  and held the service on the grassy area beside the Big Shed overlooking Loch Tay. There’s not much more to say about that other than PERFECT.

Then fabulous home-made food, all prepared in the Big Shed’s kitchen – apart from the lovely wedding cake which came from  Kenmore Bakery a little further along the lochside.

Eating was followed by  a ceilidh and finally a disco. The evening was long and light, so  the kids were able to play on the grass. There were some chairs outside chairs outside and the non-dancers were able to relax and enjoy the view.

Event updates

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

After the hiberabtion of the winter months, the Big Shed is waking up with some  exciting events .

13th February –  The Edinburgh Quartet

11th April – Red Note ensemble with Reels to Ragas – a fusion of Western Classical, Indian classical and traditional Scottish.

23rd April – Yoga workshop with Sadhita

For event times and ticket information please visit our events listings.

 

Newsletters – Old and New

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

Newsletters are added as they are published – just click on “Newsletters old and new” to get a list.

New Broadband

Posted by on Aug 6, 2013 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

Many thanks to our sponsors Briskona who have brought the Big Shed into the 21st Century with broadband internet service. Satellite Broadband is great for rural areas and reaches the parts that terrestrial providers don’t reach!

Whisky Tasting at the Big Shed

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

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Hah! I thought a big glass of whisky would get your attention – but have you ever wished to know more about how to appreciate our national tipple properly? Of course you have, and a Single Malt Whisky tasting event at the Big Shed is exactly what you need to familiarise yourself with the finer points of the revered Scottish Art of Whisky.

Just such a session was hosted in the Big Hall on June 13th, and was naturally attended by our barman Laurie who wrote this report for the blog:

“A bit it hung over from all the fun last night – a really good evening with a superb speaker and six whiskies to sample. We were able to ruminate on a range of ages, styles, peat levels and both filtered and unfiltered samples from a variety of distilleries.

“Such an event is a good intro to get you from possibly liking it and wondering if are you missing something, to becoming a confident appreciator of good whisky. From a basic understanding of the type of glass used to drink from, through the colour, smell, the effect of a drop of water, the way to savour it and enjoy it, the tasting event was detailed and instructive. Interesting insights into brewery tricks, the effect of barley, ageing, barrels, location when maturing and peat were given along with discussions such as price versus quality and enjoyment increases.

“The points of the suitability of different whiskies to fine dining were discussed in much the same way as fine wines, with considerations of the appropriate whisky to drink with a meal or after a meal – whether it be lunch, dinner or even breakfast. Subjects such as grain versus neat barley affecting the end product, whether the whisky is to be for drinking or storing, and brewery tours were so thought-provoking that there were lots of questions from the floor on most aspects of production – so we overran expected time, and the evening didn’t begin to break up until nearly 10pm.

“It was a very successful evening, most in attendance will or already have signed up to coming back for round 2 (or 7 depending on your way of looking at it!)

“Our whisky connoisseur Steve was very good with us, with the attitude that there is no such thing as a stupid question putting everyone at ease and making us all feel we could ask him anything at all we wanted to know on the subject. No one really wanted to finish!”

Thank you Laurie for your great report on a fascinating evening! I hope your hangover is better by now. If you are interested to find out more about future whisky nosing events at the Big Shed, either contact Jane on 07766 566935 or keep an eye on our Newsletters and the Dates for Your Diary section on this page.

Sinsheen Shines at the Big Shed!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Blog Posts | Comments Off

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The Big Shed acoustics rang in June with the voices of Christine and Barbara, the Scottish folk duo Sinsheen who gave a fantastic performance as expected! The two voices, mostly unaccompanied and completely unaided by amplification, were suited particularly well to the ambience; lovely harmonies filled the hall, which was laid out with candle-lit tables in café style. The atmosphere was informal and intimate with the singers practically in the audience, allowing the opportunity for Katy to collaborate from the front of the audience with embellishments to the harmonies for some of the songs.

The songs themselves were a mixture, including some very funny and irreverent ones: a favourite was Muggy Sha, about a lady banned from all the pubs in Dundee. In spite of the lyrics being in rich Dundee dialect, the meaning was abundantly clear and the audience was in stitches!

There was also some Rabbie Burns and a lovely version of Loch Lomond to an unfamiliar tune, Sinsheen being renowned for their research into traditional music and their ability to bring a unique twist in their approach to the songs.

There was also a guest slot for Andrew Warwick and Katy just after the interval who played and sang charmingly two very fine old songs – To the Begging I Will Go, and Burns’ Green Grow the Rushes O.

It was altogether an evening of the finest Scottish folk music. A lovely quote from quote from music.com nicely sums up Sinsheen:

“The songs of Sinsheen are a voice for the irreverent everywhere, with a brash sense of humour, but a healthy respect for the roots of traditional Scottish music. Songs vary from self-penned via trad to the odd genre-swapping version of a dyed-in-the-wool Scottish favourite. Expect fun and seriousness in equal measure, a performance extraordinarily varied and rich, songs about work, struggle, love, getting the bairn tae sleep, politics, the blues, and dreams”.

If you missed the concert this time round, keep a lookout for future dates at the Big Shed; in the mean time if you would like to hear more of Sinsheen their debut CD Lift can be purchased from their website at www.sinsheen.com.

“Everywhere the ladies’ singing just oozes Life; the overwhelming feeling you get is that they really enjoy what they’re doing and they mean every word and nuance, and the result, captured in telling detail by the disc’s producer Michael Marra, is unstintingly fresh and invigorating”. – www.livingtradition.co.uk