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Tarneybackle was formed in the year 2000 in the village of Blackford, Perthshire. 

The group’s material is mostly from the Scottish tradition and is a blend of strong vocal harmonies with a wide range of instruments.

The trio’s interpretation and presentation of Scots song has brought them praise from reviewers, and a growing fan base from their extensive live performances and radio work. 

Tarneybackle has released six albums to date:

“Tullibardine” (sold out)  “Distant Dreams”    "The Diamond” 
“Winds of Freedom”, “Looking Out” and "Singing Land"

Tarneybackle's albums have been broadcast on many radio stations at home and abroad, including Radio Scotland, Radio Tay, Moray Firth Radio, Two Lochs Radio, KPFZ and Zoomer Radio.  

Venues/events that Tarneybackle has performed at include:- First ever folk group to perform at the Scottish Parliament, Live broadcast for BBC Radio Scotland "Reel Blend" St Andrews show and “Take the Floor”, Orkney Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Doune and Dunblane Fling,  Duchally Country Hotel Auchterarder  -  Dalgety Bay Folk Club  -  Hootananys Inverness  -  Royal Hotel Portree   Applecross Inn   Star Folk Club Glagow    Stirling Folk Club   Plockton Hotel   Corn Exchange Edinburgh   Falkirk Folk Club   Ardvasar Hotel   Lade Inn Callander   Old Inn, Gairloch   Dunfermline Folk Club   Glenisla Hotel     2005 and 2006 Drumbeat Festival Drumnadrochit


“The enjoyment is infectious” – The Scots Magazine

“One of the best folk-based acts in Scotland” – Perthshire Advertiser

 “I reverently suggest they be short-listed for a possible future "Sultans of Trad" award.” – FolkWorld

Orkney Folk Festival Reviews - "Tarneybackle gave a full-sounding and genuine performance.......kept the audience entertained between songs with humorous banter for good measure."

"fusion of traditional and contemporary folk, with strong vocals from John Davidson intensifying the performance.”

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