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Well that was great fun...a week of gigs with Joseph Parsons and Freddi Lubitz.  I think we'll certainly be doing that again, hopefully soon.  Thanks to everybody who came along.

Next shows for us are Opening for Television in Glasgow on the 8th of June, and in Manchester on the 10th.  Very much looking forward to these, but before then we will hopefully have more news on the new album release date.  To be continued.... 


April Tour

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Really looking forward to the April shows with Joseph Parsons and Freddie Lubitz.  It'll be ours (and I think I can safely safe Joseph's and Freddie's) first time playing in's where we will be:

Wednesday 6th April - Dundee Acoustic Club, The Newport, 1 High Street, Newport on Tay, DD6 8AB.  More information from Dundee Acoustic Music Club

Thursday 7th April - The Voodoo Rooms, 19A, West Register Street, Edinburgh.  Tickets and info from Musicglue and Tickets Scotland

Friday 8th April - The Hug & Pint, 171 Great Western Road, Glasgow. Tickets and info from Musicglue and Tickets Scotland

Saturday 9th April - The Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, Aberdeen.  tickets and info fromMusicglue


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 February 2016 14:23 )

Getting' Ready

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Long overdue, I bought Stu Kidd's cracking new album 'Hotchpotch?' at the weekend.  I missed out on the limited edition cassette but the download was a fine consolation prize of awesome pop gems and incredible harmonies.  We've collaborated with Stuart a few times over the years on various projects, and Stuart was on drums for the Doghouse Roses at the album launch of 'This Broken Key' and our 2011 Celtic Connections gig supporting Raul Malo.  As we're making plans to release our third Album 'Lost is not Losing' in the spring, I got to thinking about the people we've had in the band over the years.  For the band gigs at the end of 2010 and start of 2011, alongside  Stuart, we had Brian MacEwan of St.Deluxe on bass, Alan Scobie of Skerryvore on keys, and Jen Cunnion of the Dirt on harmony vocals.  A version of the band through 2008/9 had Malcolm Lindsay on guitar and fiddle player Sharon Hassan, while other musicians that have played on recordings include drummer Fraser West of Skerryvore, and cellist Robert Irvine.

So that brings us pretty neatly around to the new album, our first one with John Alexander, and the first in 5 years.  Here's a little taster of one of the band tracks, and features Biff, Craig and Steph of a New International, Jo from 'Colour of Whisky' and Dejan Lapanja...hope you like it:
Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 January 2016 15:22 )

Onder Invloed Night at the Glad Cafe

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Saturday the 21st of November brings the Dutch Video project Onder Invloed to Glasgow for a second time.  The night features an eclectic mix of bands and solo acts covering 2 songs that influenced them and an original.  The previous Onder Invloed night at the Glad Cafe in 2013 was a fantastic night which and this one promises to be no different.  Iona will be playing a solo set, along with Ryan Joseph Burns, The Colour of Whisky, Alistair ogilvie, Pronto Mama and Washington Irving.  


Faith Fuzz

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I'm (Paul) getting ready to release my album 'Cold Weather Music' initially on limited edition vinyl and download.  One of the songs "valve Oil' has just been used on an advert for Faith Fuzz Beard oil.  Check it out:  

Faith Fuzz X Kelvingrove Cafe from Destrukt Studio on Vimeo.

Last Updated ( Monday, 26 October 2015 22:39 )

New album and 2016 Touring Plans

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It was great to see to play a couple of gigs with our friends Katarina and Dejan last month.  We met a lot of old friends between Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, and hopefully made some new ones too.  During the week we managed to get reocording finished for our next album, scheduled for release next year.

We're currently booking some shows to coincide with the release, so if you'd like to see us play, please drop us a line at paul (@)

 In the meantime were mixing the record and Iona will be playing at the Onder Invloed show in Glasgow's Glad Cafe on Saturday the 21st of November.  The last Onder Invloed show in Scotland was a fantastic night and this promises to be the same....6 acts playing 3 songs each, 2 of which should be covers demonstrating influences.  Onder Invloed does mean under the influence after all 

Last Updated ( Monday, 12 October 2015 18:22 )

A Handful Of Gigs in September

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We're out and about a little bit in September with our good friends Katarina Juvancic and Dejan Lapanja from Slovenia:

Sunday 30th August - Edinburgh Festival Fringe @ The Royal Oak
Friday 4th SeptemberThe State Bar, Glasgow.  Tickets 
Saturday 5th SeptemberThe Blue Lamp, Aberdeen

Our first gigs for a while....can't wait!  


John renbourn

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John Renbourn, the virtuoso guitarist and songwriter died on the 26th of March aged 70.  There's been plenty written in well deserved tribute to the man and we can't add much to all the tributes and accolades except to say that without people like John Renbourn the world would be a much less colourful place.  I had the privilege to meet John, briefly, a couple of times and on both occasions he had very kind and encouraging words for a fledging guitarist who had (still has!) a long way to go.  I saw JR play in Aberdeen folk club around 1996/7 (it gets hazey) and someone involved with the club told him that I'd played Davy Graham's instrumental Angie at a gig the night before.  He said 'well done - someone's got to keep it going when were all gone'.  I don't think he has to worry about that.  For me, John Renbourn picked acoustic guitar playing up by the scruff of the neck and put a new marker down for what was possible, and you would never mistake his playing for anyone else.  In doing so he's inspired legions of guitarists, many of whom may not even know the musical debt they owe.
The last few year has seen three of our musical heroes join to great jam in the sky... Thanks for it all John Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Jackie Leven.

It's now nearly a month since John Renbourn's passing and although it might seem the moment has somewhat passed, I just wanted to write something to one of my main inspirations.  It's a beautiful spring evening in Glasgow, and I think all three above would approve of the small libation i'll have to them tonight.   

On the Road with John Alexander

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 March 2015 09:12 )

Pour EP

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We've recently been recording with Johnny Smillie in the famous La Chunky Towers, of Glasgow's west end. This will give us an album before too much longer, but just now we have a 4 track EP ready to go for the upcoming tour.  Here's the tracks:
Last Updated ( Monday, 02 February 2015 21:24 )

Germany 2015

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So were off on tour to Germany in March with John Alexander.  John will be performing his own material and playing on some of ours too.  We'll have a tour only 4 track EP with us which we recorded at La Chunky studios in Glasgow last weekend.  There'll be a preview of that on here in the next day or two as well.  In the meantime, here's our dates:

04.03.15 DE- Berlin, Fahrradkeller

06.03.15 DE- Gospersgrün, private show

07.03.15 DE- Koetz, Sportgaststätte

08.03.15 DE- Neu-Ulm, Dany's Restaurant (& radio show midnight - 2am Radio Free FM)

09.03.15 DE- Solingen, Cobra

10.03.15 DE- Köln, Lichtung 

Full gig details on our gigs page 

Looking forward to it...its been far too long 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 February 2015 19:23 )

Cold Weather Music part 2

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A productive couple of months in the studio have been had by all.  In November myself and Iona  entered La Chunky studios in Glasgow to make a start to what will be our 3rd full studio album t be released next year.  It will feature about half duo tracks and half band tracks courtesy of' A New International's Craig Laurie on drums, and Steph McGourty on bass.  

We plan to be out playing again in early March starting on March the 4th in Berlin, with full tour dates to follow on the very near future.


And like buses, 2 albums come at one.  Paul's instrumental album is now complete featuring contributions from Dejan Lapanja (guitar, mixing and mastering), Jo Shaw, flute, Thomas Marsden, peddle steel and weissborn guitars, Corran Macarthur on cello and Luigi Pasquini on percussion.  There's no release date set just now, but tracks will be in the setlist at forthcoming Doghouse Roses gigs.  You can also hear the record on Pauls' Soundcloud page  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 November 2014 16:16 )

Cold Weather Music

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Since Christmas Eve last year, I've (Paul) been working on a record of guitar instrumentals.  At 8am on the 24th of December I started the sessions at Green Door studio in the Hidden Lane, Glasgow, with the original idea to make a solo acoustic guitar record.  As things progressed the guitar thing is still central to most of the tracks (the exceptions being the banjo tunes) but the record also boasts the talents of Jo Shaw on flute, Corran Macarthur on cello, Luigi Pasquini on percussion and, from September the 15th onwards when we record the final track, Dejan Lapanja on guitar.  

The current tracklisting (always subject to change!) is:

1. Rising; 2. Husker's Theme; 3. Sky Train; 4. Valve Oil; 5. Untitled Banjo; 6. Ne'er Day; 7. Untitled Guitar.

I need to think of better names than untitled banjo and untitled guitar, but they'll come.  In the meantime here's a video of a live performance of Sky Train.  This was shot on a very cold March day in Alan Blair's studio in the Hidden Lane, by James Morrison, and edited by Rico Chapman. Hope you like it

PaulTaskerSkyTrain-HD from Paul Tasker on Vimeo.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:38 )

How we used to Live

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The Sign says " Due to engine trouble we have regrettably had to cancel todays sailings to Eigg and Muck"  Not what you need when you turn up at the port to catch the ferry to do your gig on the Isle of Muck.  After a minor panic and some further reading, it turned out to not be a problem in anyway...probably a lesson in reading on in there somewhere.  Much now has 24 hour electricity.  And a shiny new multi-purpose hall that you have to take your shoes off to go into.  Great fun visiting again, and we thoroughly enjoyed playing and are always grateful for the tremendous hospitality shown to us on Muck.


Opening for Television a few weeks ago, was a very different kettle of chips.  Not in any way comparable...just different, and also tremendous.  Almost enough to make you go and book studio time to make another record, which is exactly what we've done, but before that is a second installment of the song-writers circle night featuring Paul Tasker, John Alexander, Stephen Maguire and Larry Guild.  Tuesday the 19th of August at the Star Folk Club, Glasgow

And after the songwriters night, but before we start recording, Iona has a solo gig in Aberdeen at Cafe Drummond on Sunday the 31st of August as part of an Alzheimers Scotland fundraising night. 


Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 14:55 )

Supporting Television

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We're very, very pleased to be opening for Television when they perform Marquee Moon in the ABC1 in Glasgow on June the 14th.  We'll be playing as a duo which should give a bit of contrast to things!  Tickets available here.  
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 22:43 )

Bring It On Home

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On May the 10th, Mugdock theatre at Mugdock Country Park near Milngavie will host a special one off event showcasing 4 Scottish singer-songwriters.  John Alexander, Larry Guild, Stephen Maguire and Doghouse Roses' Paul Tasker will each present their take on the art of songwriting.  The show will be a songwriters in the round format with all 4 performers on stage at the same time taking turns and collaborating on their songs.  Expect a soulful, country tinged folk blues evening in the fantastic springtime setting of Mugdock Country Park.

Bring it on home


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 20:35 )

And Were Back

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It's been a while, but were back, and there's going to be some changes around here.  Here's some stuff that has happened since our last post.  Manchester United have gone from striking fear into opponents hearts to being gun fodder for the big and some not so big teams.  Thats not quite true, but its nice to see a change at the top after all this time.  If only the same could happen in the Scottish Premier league premiership or whatever its now called.  The Large Hadron Collider has been switched off for up to 2 years for upgrading, and the Wispa chocolate bars were relaunched in the UK to mass celebrations.  Or maybe not, but all these things happened.

Also happening is the recording of a new Doghouse Roses album a little bit later this year, and hopefully a few live shows too.  We already have one in the diary, which will be on the Isle of Muck on Friday the 8th of August.  The lovely Isle of Muck is located off the west coast of Scotland, and comprises the small Isles along with Eigg, Rum and Canna.  It's not the easiest place to get to for a gig, we'll grant you that, but we hope to have more to announce in the coming weeks.

Before recording of the new record can start, I'm finishing a record of guitar and banjo instrumentals.  Its been in the pipeline for a while, and will hopefully be released on vinyl in the Autumn.  Here's a little taster of what to expect:

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 19:13 )

German Tour 2012

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Its been a little while since we last played in Germany, but that'll all change in October as were on tour for a week.  Heres the dates:

7th October Greiz, Café Lebensart, Germany
8th October – Solingen, Cobra, Germany
10th October -  Dillenburg, Erbse, Germany
11th October -  Wetzlar, Café Vinyl, Germany
12th October – Norderstedt, Music Star, Germany
13th October – Berlin, private Show

All details on the gigs page.  Hope to see you there.  Over a pint, of course.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 September 2012 15:49 )

Scottish tour 2012

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Doghouse Roses Scottish tour 2012 Summer Tour dates with Katarina Juvancic and Dejan Lapanja

Friday 10th August - The State Bar, Holland Street, Glasgow
Tuesday14th August - Montrose Folk Club, Montrose
Wednesday 15th August - Aberdeen Folk Club, Aberdeen
Thursday 16th August - The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
Friday 17th August - Coigach Hall, Achiltibuie


Please note: the show on the 9th of August at The Royal Oak in Edinburgh advertised on the poster will not now take place.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 July 2012 11:46 )

Hazy Recollections @ Celtic connections

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We're looking forward to playing at hazy recollections at Celtic connections on Sunday afternoon (the 29th) along with Findlay Napiers barroom mountaineers, Kim Edgar, Dean Owens and Foy Vance.  We recorded our rehearsal last week, and here's a song we may play.





Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 January 2012 13:37 )
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