Wednesday, 3 March 2010

2010 goes live.

For any of you still following this blog, holding out for tidbits of information and not either onto the Facebook page or any of our other hirterto untried promotional channels.

Here is the Insider 2010 website

You will notice that we are running a new blog in that so this will be the last transmission under the insiderweekend banner.

See you there.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Insider 2010

A decision has been taken by the board of Backwoods Productions - the Insider 2010 is on. The big brains at Inshriach House, Ord Ban Restaurant and the Old Bridge Inn are whirring away to put together something really special, and this time we have 6 months to play with.

18th to 20th June, £70 weekend ticket, including camping. Capacity 600.

Line up TBC. Tickets will be on sale within the week. Maybe.

Friday, 30 October 2009


How about we do it all again.....

18th - 20th June 2010.

Watch this space.

Monday, 14 September 2009

Mitchell Museum

Heres another one, Mitchell Museum, that just turned up on Youtube.

Friday, 17 July 2009


Thanks to Tom, Shan and Conrad, and to Bombskare.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

A lovely Insider Film.

Here is a short film of the Insider made by Adrianna Requina and Lars. We think it's rather beautiful.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

And a couple of pictures.

For the rest of them have a look at the Insider Flickr page, feel free to add any more to that or to the Friends of Inshriach facebook Group or email them to me, we are going to try to make a film about it so if any of you have good clips we could use we would be very grateful.


It has taken a week to get my head round what just happened and to scribble anything at all about the Insider. Something extraordinary just happened that is pure testimony to the people who saw the potential and put a shoulder behind us. I still wake up in the morning wondering which musicians are going to strike up next.

Highlights, for me. Paul from Red kite yurts sorting out that brilliant awning over the bar on Thursday night. Then on Friday, Hector from the Injuns, Claes Cem and John Langan kicking off the jams at the piano in the bar that rocked every spare moment. The Banana Sessions for not only being here for a whole week beforehand but for accompanying the welly wanging with the flute and tuba, building the benches round the fire, taking the chickens under their bananary wing and for being such spirited and pleasurable company throughout. We and the poultry miss you. Bombskare. The whole of the line up on Sunday. Lau jamming for days with Charlie McKerron and Tim Edey round the fire after their gig. John Langan and Ali Caplin for being brilliant unstoppable people, spending most of their earnings over the bar and staying for a week after to tidy up, get some Insider cider inside, play some more and live like kings.

There is a lot more to be thankful for, the flock of terns circling overhead, the weather holding out, the amazing food, that beautiful tent, not seeing the lighting that made the DJ booth look like a spaceship until Saturday night. We are so grateful to Henry Ryder for doing the website and the posters for the fun of it and for bringing Louis, the youngest Insider. Big Glen for keeping the peace. We are grateful to the Injuns for surviving the Dead Man's Waltz, to Gwennie for the bunting and then for getting on stage with John Langan, to Bob and Teige and Euan turning up early and nailing together not only the power but also the snooker table, easily the most pointless and entertaining piece of furniture to be found at a festival. Big props to Tom and co. from the BBC and to everybody who came round armed with strimmers and screwdrivers in the run up. To Balvenie distillery, Andy and Claes for the musical whisky tasting. To Limelights, consummate professionals in charge of the lighting and sound. There are many more and we have not forgotten you.

Most of all I'm grateful for having the opportunity to work with Ross, Polly and Gordy, I'm sure you agree that the food, the organisation and the line up absolutely rocked. It has been a pleasure to work with them rather than just sitting in Ord Ban eating their food. Thanks to my mum for being nutty enough to let this happen, may this be the first of many extraordinary experiences afforded by Inshriach. Thanks to all of you who came.

We didnt have any press at the party but we are going to put something together ourselves. Any of you with good photos and especially good videos please I would love to see them and I have set up a flickr group, Insider at Inshriach, which anyone can post to, or you could add them to the facebook group, we use Friends of Inshriach to tell people what we are up to and its slowly gathering followers.

Once again, thank you all and watch this space. We probably need to have a fun (d) raiser soon and if any of you need either a holiday house or a good feed you know who to call.

Walter x

Friday, 26 June 2009

The Daily Line-Up!


Banana Sessions
John Langan 
Heads on Sticks
Mitchell Museum
Findo Gask 

Sorren Mclean
Over the Wall
Robin Lewis Adams
Black Hand Gang
Storm of '83
Ross Clark
Washington Irving

Mike & Solveig
Will Cookson
Rags & Feathers 
Claes Cem
The Injuns present Dead Man's Waltz
John Langan
Banana Sessions
Charlie Mckerron and Friends

Djs from Midnight Saturday and Sunday: 
Johnny Whoop 
Colin Davie 
Tall Small & Bakewell

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Its today.

What just happened? For the last week there have been amazing people about and now everything you could want is built, brilliant menus are up, the stage and PA are in, the trees are lit, there are yurts up and most surprisingly, this is how the bar turned out. Thank you so much to everybody involved in this.

Very late notice here but we have just announced that Sunday will have a theme. Tweed and wimbledon whites.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009


It's been a scorcher today and the weather forecast for the weekend is for more of the same, we only had to sacrifice one chef to the gods of the weather to be putting the whisky barrels out to this sunset.

Monday, 22 June 2009

The tent has landed.

By the time we got back from Balvenie this enormous and very beautiful marquee was taking up the whole lawn.

Thanks to Moray Firth Radio for plugging us all day after we gave a slightly hung over interview first thing this morning. The Banana Sessions played a pre Insider gig in Cafe Mambos last night and are now staying at Inshriach to help us out in the run up.

Four days and counting.


Balvenie distillery have kindly donated 20 lovely oak whisky barrels to use as fire butts. They had some spares.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Civil Engineering

With the help of everybody we could find the DJ booth has made its journey to the woods.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

The Stockade.

Today we are building this medieval looking enclosure for the food, connecting up water to the fields and working out how to move the stage and DJ booth into the woods.

The weather forecast is looking good for the weekend.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Thanks guys.

Talk about pulling together. Henry Ryder has pulled out some serious after hours stops on the website and artwork, Captain Bob and Miranda have come up for a fortnight to build and paint things, Ronnie Dunn lent us the ingredients for an outdoor kitchen, The Mountain Cafe in Aviemore lent us barbeques and tables, Jack and Hammie rocked up to help put up the bar, Zander at 123send has provided wireless credit card facilities which I couldn't recommend highly enough, the Balvenie distillery have given us whisky barrels to use as fire butts and the Suie Hotel in Kincraig (about 4 miles away, shown above) have lent us a tent and offered 10% off their already very reasonable £35 a night rate for anyone who doesn't fancy camping.

Then there is the PR. STV have made the big claim that we might be the best festival of the year, the Strathy wrote this about us and even from across the pond the esteemed Liberty London Girl has been blogging away on our behalf. Virtual festivals and Efestivals have got a hold of us.

You can see our full line up (still subject to change) courtesy of Peenko's excellent Scottish music blog.

We have a major Christmas card list this year.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009


The Ord Ban food bar is this medieval looking stockade by the lawn. The wind got up last night and the marquee that went over it is no longer quite as designed. Anyone round Aviemore got a 30 x 10 ft tent we can use?

The morning's Strathy runs with this piece all about us and we expect something up on STV very shortly.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Ord Ban Presents.

We are building a catering area extraordinaire, spit roasts, barbeques with local beef and venison, trout, scallops, curry, stews and cakes. That's what happens when you organise a festival with a lot foodies.

Monday, 15 June 2009


A small donation to the Alvie Estate benevolent fund and we have what looks like a pile of firewood but which, through the magic of carpentry and glue, is going to become the catering area.

Captain Bakewell.

It's been a busy weekend, the upshot of which is that building standards now need to have a look at this, the main component of the Tall, Small and Bakewell arena featuring Heads on Sticks. It's all made from donated and salvaged materials. Once everyone gets back from Rockness and hoses off the lager and mud we need to build the catering area so it's off on the scrounge for more materials.

We are not sending out paper tickets, we will have the names of everyone who has bought a ticket on the gate.

Thursday, 11 June 2009

The OFFICIAL Insider music video.

Insider Weekend 26th-29th June from Ali Macca on Vimeo.

Produced by Ali McWalter and starring Merv Adams, we give you the official Insider video.

Also big thanks to Henry for the amazing posters you are about to see round Aviemore.


We re very excited to announce that Lau are going to headline the Insider on Sunday night. That gives us a line up something along the lines of the John Langan band followed by Charlie McKerron and Friends, chased down by Lau then DJs in the woods.


Wednesday, 10 June 2009

The Danes.

Word is in from Copenhagen that the brilliant and beautiful Claes Cem has booked his flight. Claes toured with the Injuns last October and played the Ord Ban first birthday party, we are very excited to have all of them back.

It's been a race these last few weeks and we would like to say a big thank you to some of the people who have moved so fast to get behind us. Moray Firth Live have broken the story this morning, Aviemore Business Blog have given us the thumbs up and Visit Aviemore have us on their home page. Highland spring have been brilliant and supplied lots of lovely organic Scottish water.

There are many more of you out there and thank you so much for your support.

Meet Glen.

Glen from Moray Security is here to make sure everyone behaves and they don't light fires where they aren't meant to. Glen is bigger than anyone we have ever met and we are extremely glad to have him on our side.

Glen wont let you in if your name's not down.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

The Solstice.

Just been reminded. The Insider is the weekend of the summer solstice so round here it's not going to get very dark. This photo was taken on Inshriach same time last year at 2am.

In keeping with the pagan associations of the date we are arranging an unusual wicker surprise.

Getting durrrty.

Had to dig a trench or two yesterday to lay water pipes and now we could grow tomatoes in our wellies.

We are about to hit Aviemore and Inverness with the most last minute flyering campaign ever seen. Only selling 400 tickets should mean we don't need to try very hard.

If anyone heard me being interviewed on the radio yesterday I hope I gave them a good laugh and Polly was interviewed by the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald this morning. It's all rock and roll in our PR department.

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Its a sign.

Or at least, it's a sign factory. It's a condition of our license that we have a lot of signs.

Inshriach had this review in yesterday's Guardian and there's more unexpectedly good publicity coming up. There are only 400 tickets to the Insider and strictly no entrance without one on the day so we are encouraging our friends and those of you who have been following us from the start to get them in quickly.

As a little incentive we are putting the names of everyone who buys a ticket by this Friday into a magic hat. Get moving now and you may find yourself the proud occupier of an 8' yurt for the weekend with all manner of creative entertainment and lavish hospitality kneaded into the mix.

Thursday, 4 June 2009

Burlesque and childrens entertainment.

With 3 weeks to go we are starting to tick stuff off. The main tent has grown to accommodate the numbers, a probably OTT PA system has been specified, security and medics are close to sorted, lighting for the trees has been chosen (which, being the weekend of the summer solstice, will look amazing for at least 2 hours) and the finer points of a wine and whisky list are being polished.

We will also be joined by Viva Misadventure and Malady De Winter from the Ministry of Burlesque, lord knows what we are going to do with them but it will be in the best possible taste.

While the daddies amongst you are taking in the burlesque your kids can play at the Imagination Workshop for face painting, craft and maybe even painting some squirrels.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Sneaky preview.

For the early reward and amusement of those of you who have been reading this blog, the wires have been touched and the Insider is alive. You may even have noticed the addition of a buy it now button just to the right. Henry and Dan are responsible for the Inshriach House website and they have been beavering away behind the scenes since the Outsider was cancelled. Mostly for fun and partly for love they have conjured up something brilliant.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you the Insider Website.

That means tickets are on sale.