We asked Sir-Reel Clarks a few questions.
Tell Us About Yourself
We are called Sir-Reel Clarks (surreal) because we bring trad with a twist by crossing genres.
Sir Reel Clarks are a small family band. Consisting of a variety of instruments, they are all multi instrumentalists and include Melodeon, Mouthie, Guitar, Trombone, Harmonium, Percussion, Mandolin, Banjolin and vocals.
On this showcase for Hands Up For Trad, Andy (Dad) is on guitar, Kyle plays the Trombone and Bodhran, Aaron plays the melodeon.
We started out because Aaron is disabled and we didn’t want him to be taken advantage of. Aaron has Autism, ADHD, Tourettes and Dyspraxia.
Aaron has only been playing the melodeon for three years, In this time he has won numerous trophies at TMSA events and an article was written about Aarons achievements in The Living Tradition magazine last year,
He was given lessons by Luke Daniels through S,C & T, and he is currently having lessons from Tim Edey.
He also writes his own tunes of which there are a few in this showcase, Scotland’s ancient history influences Aarons composing.
Kyle is the baby of the family but has studied music all his life at 14 he gained grade 8 trombone with distinction. he went to a music school where he studied brass instruments and has toured Europe with his music. So he is helping his brother out by supporting him.
Andy (Dad) dusted off his instruments and is also supporting Aaron to help him find his way. Andy was big on the folk scene in the 90’s, playing at festivals throughout Europe and supporting many top bands.
What are your plans for the future?
We were booked in to 5 festivals which included Wimborne and the Haal, Then covid struck. which stopped us in our tracks.
Although the festivals have re-booked us.
The Haal is hoping to go ahead in October this year.
The guys would like to do more festivals and concerts once covid restrictions have lifted and would would like to eventually be able to play at Celtic Connections. Aaron gets his inspiration from Sharon Shannon who he met two years ago. The next stage is to record an album with Sir-Reel Clarks.
Onwards and Upwards as they say.
Thanks to Creative Scotland for their support in making this happen.