The Razorbills took flight from weekly acoustic sessions in the creative Scottish town of Gatehouse of Fleet. Initially formed as The Geese in 2008 by husband and wife, Alan (guitar) and Michelle (fiddle) McClure and Harry Thomson (banjo/mandolin), the band played pubs, halls and festivals in their local area and released a well-received EP "Cursory Rhymes" in 2010.
Following this, they decided to add some punch to their sound and recruited punk/pub-rock veteran Richard Ipaint on drums and Jon Noad, from local band Carrifran, on bass. Richard decided to quit the band and was replaced by the talented Iain McLeod, formerly of Gatehouse band Sweet Relief
Things have moved on again... Iain is now at Uni in Glasgow and Alan wanted to devote more time and energy to his other creative interests. Rebecca Redden now plays drums and clarinet, Harry takes over the vocals, ably supported by both Michelle and Rebecca.
We have two albums available for download or as CDs.
Heres what fRroots magazine's Simon Jones had to say...
"What notions can you conjure about a band who puts a wizened old fisherman on the front and a half side of pork on the reverse of their CD? Except maybe that they don't care about perceived age notions and are partial to a bacon butty. This could of course be pertinent to their attitude, which on closer inspection is refreshingly individualistic and somewhat bizarre. if you want an example look no further than DeForrest Kelley which has a cyclical fiddle line, thrashed guitar and a lyric about cobwebs and space invaders. Definitely the most toe-tapping item is Flower in the 60s - endless confusion and teenage mentality all too brief over a bouncy banjo. There are flashes of music hall about Something to Use (sic); Lie Easy could be the Incredible String Band in pop fisticuffs with 3 Daft Monkeys.... I guess you could tag them as alt-folk or maybe indie-acoustic, whatever any of those ridiculous genre-tags mean....The Razorbills are quirky and brassy enough to stand on their own. Idiosyncracy a go go."