Tattie Jam are first and foremost two very talented musicians from North of the Border. Seylan Baxter is one of Scotland’s best-known and most accomplished traditional cellists and Ruaridh Pringle who is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter and composer.
My first question to them as we were having a side of stage side interview, as we Woodman folk reporters tend to do, was why “Tattie Jam” Seylan replied very patiently (as I’m sure its something she has been asked many times before) its all to do with there surnames i.e. Pringle potato (tattie) crisps and Baxter- jam, simples as some little ferret keeps saying. Though my immediate thought was that “Sausage Jumper” would be more appropriate. I know I’m not renowned for keeping my mouth shut but on this occasion I kept this idea to myself.
The night’s entertainment was started by three of our Woodman giants of the folk world Dick (they don’t come much bigger than him) Ian who still hasn’t yet managed a Spanish accent and Bryn our much accomplished song writer who measures the quality of his own songs by their death count.
We then move on to the main event of the evening, Seylan played two instruments, the first was a traditional Cello the second is an electric Cello that has all the non essential bits cut off and is held in playing position with something that is a cross between a belt and a back brace. Both of these instruments are played, as you would expect with her reputation, superbly well. Seylan was supported by the multi talented Ruaridh whose surprise of the night was what first appeared to be a telescope on a stand but then turned out to be a very modern looking Didgeridoo, I suppose that if you are Scottish and are not going to play the bagpipes this is surprisingly the perfect replacement.
The night flowed all too quickly on with traditional and not so traditional Scottish songs jigs and protest songs. The only thing missing for me was a glass of good Malt and a Venison casserole to make this into a perfect Scottish night.