Wednesday, 4 August 2010

A wee Insider Film.

Richard Muirhead, as well as getting engaged, found the time to put this together.

Friday, 2 July 2010

Can I have my steering wheel back please.

So the Insider was a lovely party full of lovely people and it went off pretty much without a hitch. Except I hear someone pulled the aerial and badges off Billy Wood's car and I know my blue mazda mx5 at the top of the parking field looked a bit neglected but someone pinched the steering wheel and the stereo. Anyone who provides information about who was responsible can have free tickets and hospitality for next years party and a reward of £100.

The local police think it was a pretty crappy move too and have agreed to take my car (which is otherwise immobile) to the lab for a wee examination but if you saw someone camping out with a black leather steering wheel and a silver stereo please let me know and you could save them the trouble. There are a few likely names knocking about already and hundreds of photos from the party from which to identify whodunnit.

Thanks very much,


Sunday, 27 June 2010

The Insider.

It all got a bit busy for posting around Wednesday before the Insider so anyone who has been holding out here for an update should have just come to the festival.

I have put together a flickr group, imaginitively titled Insider 2010, and have put the photos from my phone from throughout the build into it, I'm sure they will get swamped with quality content before long and please add your photos if you know how. The Insider facebook group is also gathering great things.

We would like to give a big thank you to The Leader programme for the help they gave us putting on the Insider, Limelights for lights and sound, No Fuss for the Saddlespan, Red Kite for the Yurts and Grants for the lawn tent. A big burp goes out to Thistly Cross for letting us consume an unfeasible amount of their cider and thanks also to Cairngorm for the tasty ale and The Balvenie for the fine Scotch.

There are a whole load of other people to thank but Ross says it better;

That was mental awesome
Thanking you all....and to name but a few......
Squirell Nutkins for being The Guvna' and Water Bufallo for making sense of it all. Dead Badger for programming the biggest goddamn line-up you've ever scene and makin it happen, Legend! My Love Golden eagle for bustin'out the finest of gourmet pleasure and doin all that you do in sortin it 'all' out for everybody. Dave the Chef and Lucyloo and the Glue for lookin after us all and The Run Around for gettin anythin without question. The French Giant for steppin in and The Girls in The Dog House for keepin us right. Dave The Doo for doin the doo and Jenni Cocktail for temptin us all. Harry The Tweed for dishin it out and Richard The Stag for rockin the yurt. Iceman, Big'n'wee Craig, Jazzy and The Girls for bustin a gut. Andy The Farmer and Donny The Evil Badger for settin the scene.. A Girl Called Gwenni, Agnieska and Nick, Molly Molly and Rufus, Jilly Willy and Sam, Mirra Mirra on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?.. you all are.
That was Awsome, fuckin Awsome!
Whose Tired.... Legend! x
.Nice One Everybody.

Thanks for coming and thank you for leaving the place so tidy, it means a lot to us, see you next year

Walter, Ross, Polly, Gordy and everyone at the Insider xx

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

2 Days and Counting.

No Fuss Events brilliant saddlespan tent went up today. The Secret garden and the kids tipi have come together with treasure hunts, face painting, story telling and mask making, and the Tap Tap Circus have their brilliant horsebox alongside. Henry Fosbrookes woodworking tent is here with pole lathes, hand made drums, a coracle and a huge birch marimba. The Ooo-Arr Tractor bar is finished. Highland Spring just donated lots of mineral water and Balvenie have come good on fine Malt whisky. The layout for the Firewood festival is sorted, and the departure point for boat rides to the Old Bridge Inn.

Tomorrow a record number of yurts arrive, not to mention the staging, PA, generators and lighting.

What we need now is lots of corrugated iron, not too wonky, for the roofs of the The Henhouse BBQ Bar and Grill and the Backwoods stage. If anybody has a heap of it lying around we would love to take it off your hands.

Monday, 14 June 2010

The Big Build.

Its all go at Inshriach this week, more hardcore recycling and and some help from Ritchies recycling in Aviemore and a wee shanty shack for the bar at the Backwoods stage is nearing completion. Wait until you see the inside.

This morning a lovely marquee has gone up for the lawn stage courtesy of Grants tent hire of Elgin.

So that just leaves 3 days, 2 more bars and 2 catering areas to build. The 'Ooo Arr Tractor Bar' ought to be done tonight.

Friday, 11 June 2010

No Fuss Events

Big thanks to No Fuss Events who are providing us with this remarkable saddlespan tent to use at the Henhouse stage and for the Firewood festival.

In the meantime the Backwoods groundwork team (Ross, Hammy, Harry and myself) have been preparing the huge bowl in the field where we are going to put it, taking down fences and flattening, strimming and mowing with a selection of domestic gardening tools wholly unsuitable for the job.

Monday, 7 June 2010


This weekend was the excellent Northern Roots Festival at Bogbain Farm. Unfortunately we only made the last night but we did get to see Tim Edey being amazing on the accordion with Marc Clement, both Tim and Marc will be joining Charlie McKerron for Insider Sunday.

10 days and counting...

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Boutique Festivals in the Caledonian Mercury.

This lovely article just came out in the Caledonian Mercury and the BBC have just listed us as among the top ten things to do in June in the Highlands and Islands.


You can now buy day tickets through the button at the top of the site.

Saturday, 5 June 2010

Don't fancy camping?

Camping is free, campervans are a tenner, yurts range from £300 to £700 but if you dont fancy any of the above you could always book into the Suie in Kincraig. Mike and Wendy have been very supportive of us, they would make you very welcome and they have a great wee pub attached.

Friday, 4 June 2010

Anthony and Gabby Robertson

500 years of folk history, ballads and travellers tales, passed generation to generation, will be making a special Insider appearance on Saturday courtesy of Tony and Gabby Robertson. They are the children of the legendary storyteller and balladeer Stanley Robertson and therefore the next custodians in a remarkable oral tradition. You can read more about the family in Stanley's obituary from the Guardian.

Many thanks to Sam Lee, pupil of Stanley's, a fine singer himself and organiser of the Magpies nest folk nights in London for putting this together.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

The Backwoods stage.

We have been totally blessed with the crew who have turned up this week. Chris from Tap Tap theatre (who you will meet at the Insider) turned up with Ben Hesling on Monday afternoon and others have dropped in along the way. These photos show what has taken place in the woods in a frankly unbelievable 2 and a half days. The Backwoods stage is a work of art...

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Daimh on Sunday.

Breaking free mid way through their tune up tour to play for us on Sunday evening are the outstanding Daimh.

They will take to the main stage to finish a 3 way folk extravaganza, following Macmaster and Hay and Charlie McKerron and Friends into the action

Friday, 28 May 2010

Charlie McKerron & friends.

Sunday on the main stage is Trad as Folk. We are delighted to welcome back local fiddle supremo Charlie McKerron of Session A9 and Capercaillie fame. Charlie McKerron & Friends is a handpicked selection of some of Scotland's finest musicians brought together specially for the Insider. This year it is set to include Marc Clement on guitar and Adam Sutherland on fiddle (both Session A9), Bo Jingham on whistle and Ross Ainslie on pipes (Treacherous Orchestra). With any luck the outstanding Tim Edey will be joining them on the box.

The full Trad as Folk line up will be announced next week.

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A big thank you.

The Insider wouldnt be feasible without the help of the Cairngorms Local action group and the Leader fund, the Highland council and the Cairngorms National Park. Despite being not for profit, largely recycled and dependent on the generosity of both volonteers and musicians the Insider is elaborately overproduced for its size and currently sports one musician to every two and a half members of the public. The ticket prices would need to be considerably higher to stand a chance of breaking even if these various bodies didn't think that we were doing something good for the area and helped us out both financially and in terms of our infrastructure.

Their support allows us to keep the numbers down, the prices sensible and the atmosphere intimate, all the qualities that made 2009 so special for the people who came along. We would like to say a big thank you to all of them for their progressive thinking, fast footedness and support.

The Backwoods Bar.

The Backwoods Bar is nearing completion which means we can get underway building an equally, if not more beautiful stage alongside...

Monday, 24 May 2010

The Sunday Times hottest acts in Scotland.

According to this article in the Sunday Times we are featuring 3 of the best - The Boy Who Trapped the Sun, The Stagger Rats and Alasdair Roberts, only Alasdair thinks it's the Outsider, which it isn't.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

The Firewood Festival

Low Carbon Cairngorms have put this page up which explains a bit more about the Firewood Festival.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Earlybirds SOLD OUT (ages ago).

We are updating the website because the Earlybird tickets are long since sold out but for the time being you need to select the normal price tickets on the drop down top right. Its also still being a bit glitchy with earlier versions of Internet Explorer. Sorry about that, we are working to iron this out, if you still have problems drop me an email at and we can make a plan.

Also to clarify, we dont send out paper tickets, we have all your details on the gate, the P&P just covers paypal charges and the system compiling our names.