In January of 2009, Pete and Gregor played a
concert in Killiecrankie House. During a break, they stepped out into the
icy chill for a smoke and the conversation turned to the fishing trips
they'd missed out on the previous season with the nuts and bolts of making
music occupying a lot of their time. If they could somehow combine the two,
they'd be on to a winner.
They initially chose a selection of prime wild trout waters around the
highlands and decided that mid June would be a nice time to fish them. Then
they set about the task of finding venues within striking distance of the
lochs. And so began the Troot Tour.
They invited a good friend, author and musician, Jamie Jauncey to join
them on piano. Jamie had a great time with the tunes but he hated the
fishing and 'politely' declined their offer to let him row. Jamie let their
visits to some of the most beautiful remote parts of the Scottish highlands
inspire his writing. He wrote 'The Bay Of Cod' while on the
2010 Troot Tour and posted it from Inverie. Jamie couldn't make it for the
third annual Troot Tour 2011 due to business and personal commitment
including the release of his latest book, Room 121. Three Men In A Boat
became Two Men In A Boat which caused some confusion especially as the
band's name was still Three Men In A Boat.
The appearances of surprise guests en route meant that we were anywhere
between two and twelve piece, but never three.
To their rescue came Carol and Donald MacKenzie who run the concert in Tarskavaig village hall. They have always referred to
the band as 'The Trooters',
a name which appeals as a less troublesome title and accommodates the fact
that surprise performers are liable to join us.
In 2012 Pete and Gregor persuaded pianist Jim Leighton to join
them on the tour for a couple of nights. Jim had never fly fished before but soon became
'hooked'. In 2013 Jim joined them for the complete tour and has been a
regular ever since.
The Trooters are always looking for new places to fish and play music, so if
you have a venue near fishing and would like music played for you, get in
touch and we'll see if we can come to some mutual agreement for the next
2013 Troot Tour Video
2012 Troot Tour Video
Note: All fish caught during the Troot Tour are returned
alive to the water.
"I just wanted to thank you for
being such an amazing band last Friday - superb music, as always, and you
really created a great atmosphere! All of us at Rowan had a fantastic time
and we've also had lots of our guests commenting on the evening, and the
music in particular.... "
"Every guest commented on how
professional, musical and apt the Band were. The variety of tunes played and
the dance calling were all the best that they could be. "
"The music was fantastic and so many
people said to me that it was the best ceilidh band they had ever seen. It
was great the way that you danced and called."