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Last-modified: 2008.11.30
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   Version 1.48, November 30, 2008

   Welcome to the Wolfstone FAQ.  This document provides basic
   information about the band; it is intended for unfamiliar with
   Wolfstone as well as current fans.

   The latest version of this FAQ can be obtained by sending the
   following message to

      get wolfstone FAQ

   The most recent version is posted monthly to the Usenet groups, rec.answers and news.answers.

Table of Contents

   General Information
     - What is Wolfstone?
     - What is new with Wolfstone?
     - Is Wolfstone currently touring?

     - How did Wolfstone begin?
     - What Wolfstone releases are there?
     - What about "Wolfstone" and "Wolfstone II"?
     - What Wolfstone tours have there been?
     - Where can I get their video?

     - Who are Wolfstone?
     - What happened to Struan Eaglesham, Mop Youngson and Ivan Drever?

   Fan Organizations
     - What is the address for the fan club?
     - How can I get announcements about the band?
     - How can I participate in on-line fan activities?
     - Does Wolfstone have a home page?

   Informational Resources
     - How can I use the on-line archives?
     - Can I get a more readable copy of "The Half Tail" lyrics?
     - What other informational resources are there?
     - What other bands might Wolfstone fans like?
     - Where can I hear Wolfstone live?
     - Where can I get booking information?
     - Who distributes Wolfstone's music?



General Information

   What is Wolfstone?

      A band from Scotland (The Highlands, Perthshire & Glasgow)
      that brings together the drive of rock-and-roll with the melodies
      of Celtic music. They produce a style of Celtic rock that many
      find irresistible.

      Described as "bagpipes with an attitude," the energy and vitality
      that Wolfstone brings to the stage is infectious; their audiences
      are often brought to their collective feet with the opening notes
      of the first tune.

   What is new with Wolfstone?

      In January 2007, Wolfstone released their highly anticipated
      album "Terra Firma" with a launch party at The Ironworks in

   Is Wolfstone currently touring?

      They toured extensively throughout Scandinavia, Britain, Europe
      and the USA in 2006. Details for future tour dates will be
      announced as they become available. You can check the Wolfstone
      mailing list or refer to:

      for up-to-date information.



   How did Wolfstone begin?

      In 1989 Duncan Chisholm found himself recording a solo album
      in his native Scottish Highlands. Until this point, although
      having interests in most styles of music, Duncan had been a first-
      class exponent of the traditional Scottish Highland fiddle style,
      studying under the expert tutelage of the late Donald Riddle, but
      here surrounded by an array of studio toys, he began to see the
      means to scratch the itch which had begun to bother him for some
      time.  Duncan had met Stuart Eaglesham at a session in a local pub
      and a short time later and ask him to join in forming a band.

      Stuart`s brother Struan, working on the west coast at the time and
      playing keyboards was given a similar offer. Piper Alan Wilson
      blew in from Bonar Bridge to back Duncan up on the tunes and Roger
      Niven from Avoch on the Black Isle provided lead guitar, soon to
      be replaced by Andy Murray.

      A couple of years later the songwriting talents of Orcadian
      Ivan Drever completed the embryonic Wolfstone line-up who, with
      sequenced drums and bass, performed their launchpad gig at the
      first Highland Traditional Music Festival held in nearby Dingwall
      in 1989.  Playing tunes and songs the way they wanted to hear
      them, the band were offered further gigs as a result of their
      H.T.M.F. appearance and embarked on what was to become several
      interesting years of playing the village halls up and down the
      length and breadth of the Highlands and Islands.

      Their teeth well and truly cut, the band were offered their
      first recording contract with the Lismore/Iona record label in
      Glasgow, and an opportunity to work with the legendary Silly
      Wizard accordion virtuoso Phil Cunningham as producer resulted in
      their first album Unleashed in 1991 The Unleashed album saw both a
      musical step forward and a chance to cast aside the drum and bass
      sequencer and work with a real drummer and bassist in the shape of
      John Henderson and Neil Hay. Both John and Neil, very experienced
      and respected session players, helped the band surge forward not
      only in the studio but also in a number of live gigs promoting

      During the recording of Unleashed the band were offered a support
      slot on the Runrig stage at Loch Lomond near Glasgow. The exposure
      to and experience of playing in front of the huge audience saw the
      band catapulted onto a new level of touring and playing larger
      gigs and festivals, not only in the UK but increasingly now in
      Europe, North America and Canada.

   What Wolfstone releases are there?

      The following CDs should be available at most well-stocked stores:

         1991:  Unleashed (Green Linnet - US; Iona elsewhere)
         1992:  The Chase (Green Linnet - US; Iona elsewhere)
         1994:  Year of the Dog (Green Linnet)
         1996:  Half Tail (Green Linnet)
         1997:  Pick of the Litter:  The Best of Wolfstone 1991-1996
                (Green Linnet)
         1998:  This Strange Place (Green Linnet)
         1999:  Seven (Green Linnet)
         2001:  Not Enough Shouting - Live (Once Bitten)
         2002:  Almost an Island, May 2002 (Once Bitten)
         2007:  Terra Firma, January 2007 (Once Bitten)

      In addition to these albums, the following items were once
      available, have long been out of print, but may be
      re-released in the not-to-distant future:

         "Captured Alive"   -- This concert video was recorded at the
                               Music Hall in Aberdeen during
                               'The Chase' Tour, 1992

         "Burning Horizons" -- a three-song EP.  Features the only
                               version of "Battle" currently recorded.

         "Unleashed - The Preview" -- Four track sampler of the
                               Unleashed CD, featuring different versions
                               of "Erin," "Song For Yesterday," "Ready for
                               the Storm" & "A Stoir Moi Chroi."

   What about "Wolfstone" and "Wolfstone II"?

      These are re-issues of old recordings that don't have anything to
      do with the current group and are being sold against the band's
      wishes.  The band gets no royalties from them.

      Duncan Chisholm offers the band's word on these two:

          "We disown those two albums.  The band we are in
          does not reflect what was going on then; a different
          line up with different ideas and objectives; anyone
          buying those two albums is not buying a Wolfstone
          recording.  We would never promote them and we
          certainly wouldn't sell them to anyone."

      Some of the fans have been less reserved in their comments:

          A friend of mine went to Scotland and Ireland and
          bought the offending Wolfstone recordings there. I
          couldn't stop her ... they're not what I think of
          when I think Wolfstone.

   What Wolfstone tours have there been?

      With the release of _The_Chase_ in 1992, Wolfstone's touring
      schedule expanded to include Europe and North America.  Highlights
      included the headline spot at the Avante Festival in Portugal
      where they played to over 70,000 people.  Their success at the
      international Tonder Festival in Denmark caused them to be the
      only band ever to be invited to perform for three consecutive
      years.  In North America, repeat appearances at California's
      Strawberry Festival and the prestigious Telluride Festival in
      Colorado brought them legions of new fans with their energetic and
      electrifying live performances.  On the strength of their
      Green Linnet album, _Year_of_the_Dog_, Wolfstone embarked on
      an extensive tour of North America in 1995, beginning in February
      on the West Coast.  Festivals appearances included The Winnipeg
      Folk Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival.

      1996 saw a tour of Europe in June and July, followed by a North
      American tour and the release of _Half_Tail_.  With tour dates
      in Europe during the early part of 1997.  Since 1997, Wolfstone
      have continued to play festivals and special events.  In 2002,
      the band returned to the USA to the delight of their North
      American fans.

      In 2003, the band conintue to tour throughout Europe, but have
      had to postponed their North American tours due to logistics
      2004 found the band making three tours of North American,
      in addtion to their ongoing European schedule.  2005 and
      2006 continued the global trend with two more North American
      Tours, as well as continueing their tours of continental
      Europe and the British Isles.
      Look forward to seeing more of Wolfstone in the future.

   Where can I get their video?

      The video is currently out of print, but may be re-issued in
      the future.



   Who are Wolfstone?

      Duncan Chisholm  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fiddle
      Stuart Eaglesham . . . . . . . . . . . . . Guitars & Vocals
      Davie Dunsmuir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Guitars 
      Stevie Saint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pipes & Whistles
      Alyn Cosker  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Drums
      Colin Cunningham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bass

   What happened to Struan Eaglesham, Mop Youngson and Ivan Drever
   and Wayne MacKenzie?

      Struan is plying a marine engineering trade and still playing
      fine music.

      Mop is still playing music including a stint with the Old Blind
      Dogs and more recently performing in a project with Ivan Drever.

      Ivan is kept very busy with his solo career and his duo
      performances with Duncan.

      Wayne's non-performing career no longer affords him the flexible
      time needed for touring and he's concentrating his efforts there.


Fan Organizations

   What are the addresses for the fan club?

      Fans can get most of their Wolfstone questions answered at the
      band's web site:

      Fan activities are also carried out via the Wolfstone mailing

   How can I get announcements about the band?

      Announcements will be posted to the band's web site as well as to
      readers of the Wolfstone electronic mailing list.

   How can I participate in on-line fan activities?

      Wolfstone is discussed on fairly frequently.  You
      can also join the Wolfstone mailing list by sending the following
      message to

           subscribe wolfstone

      If you are using a mail system that tends to produce unusual "From:"
      headers, you may need to send the following:

           subscribe wolfstone (Your Real Name)

      For example:

           subscribe wolfstone (Gabe Helou)

      The Wolfstone mailing list is a discussion-oriented mailing list.
      If you are only interested in getting announcements about the band,
      you can subscribe to wolfstone-announce instead.  Just substitute
      "wolfstone-announce" for "wolfstone" in the above instructions.


Informational Resources

   How can I use the on-line archives?

      You can get the most recent list of files in the archive by
      sending the following message to

          index wolfstone

   Can I get a more readable copy of "The Half Tail" lyrics?

      Send the following message to

          get wolfstone notes.half_tail

   What other informational resources are there?

      The Wolfstone mailing list and home page (see above) are an effort
      to get information out as fast as possible.  If you want to keep a
      close watch on the band, check these out.

   What other bands might Wolfstone fans like?

      Wolfstone credits Runrig with paving the way for Celtic rock
      groups. If you've already picked up all of the available Wolfstone
      releases, you might want to look into some early Runrig.

      Some band member also try to catch Dick Gaughan or Dougie MacLean
      when they can.

   Where can I hear Wolfstone live?

      You can get the most recent list of tour dates by mailing the
      following message to

          get wolfstone tour_dates

      The definitive source for tour dates is:

   Where can I get booking information?

      Wolfstone uses the following booking agencies:

           El Cohete Internacional
           Carlos Barral C/Mendizabal
           4-1 IZDA, 33003, Oviedo, SPAIN
           Tel 00349 8520 5396
           Fax 00349 8520 5481
           E-mail -

           Art & Music
           Havrevangen 17
           DK-8740 Braedstrup
           Ph.: + 45 75753291
           Fax.: + 45 75751970
           E-mail -
           Contact: Bent Juul Rasmussen

           Frame Events Snc (Executive Office)
           Via provinciale, 24 - 24024
           Gandino (Bergamo), Italy
           Mr Gigi Bresciani
           Tel/Fax      0039 035 732005
           E-mail -

           Neil Macrae
           PO Box 5591
           Inverness, Scotland, UK
           IV2 7WA
           Tel - +44 (0)7766 741499
           E-mail - 

   Who distributes Wolfstone's music?

     CADIZ MUSIC LTD (Cadiz Digital Ltd)
       2 Greenwich Quay, Clarence Road,
       London. SE8 3EY, England, UK
       Tel      +44(0)20 8692 3555
       Fax:     +44(0)20 8469 3300

       Unit 7D, Muir-of-Ord Industrial Estate
       Great North Road, Muir-of-Ord
       Ross-shire. IV6 7UA, Scotland, UK
       Tel      +44(0)1463 871422
       Fax      +44(0)1463 871433



   This information was provided by Wolfstone and others.  Some bits are
   straight out of Gabe Helou's imagination.


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"People were leaving the seats of their otherwise sedate little folk venues to
  usashamedly dance in the aisles and, in some places, even on the tables."
                         -- Dirty Linen Magazine
last-updated: (BGH) Fri Oct 31 15:42:03 EST 2008

It might be a good idea to call ahead to check on ticket availability,
times, and exact locations before driving long distances to these

Hope to see lots of you out there!

Tour Dates

    -- November 2008 ------------------------------------ Scotland
       15  Lonach Hall, Strathdon, Aberdeenshire
           Tickets ?15 & available at 
           or The Spar Shop, Bellabeg. 
           Tel 019756 51414 for more information.
       21  Back Recreational Community Hall 
           (Back Football Club), Upper Coll, Back, Isle of Lewis.
           Special Fund Raising Gig for the Isle of Lewis 
           Macmillan Cancer Support Committee.
           Tickets ?12. 
           e-mail all ticket requests/enquiries to: 
           or available from the An Lanntair Arts Centre 
           (ticket office; not online)
           Kenneth St, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
           (Tel:01851 703307).

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