All posts by Kirsty Holmes


Welcome Innes!  The west Fife Guide Dog Fundraising Group recently introduced guide dog puppy Innes, entirely supported by donations to their Name A Puppy appeal.  Innes was named in memory of Tom Innes, a tireless supporter of the charity, who passed away in 2016.  After 8 Mince were deeply honoured to be asked to play a benefit gig in October, with all proceeds going towards this effort.  Biggest canine audience ever!

Guide Dog puppy Innes

Guide Dog puppy Innes

We wish him well in his training, and offer our congratulations to all involved, we were delighted to be a tiny part of this.


Last Friday we were welcomed back to the Woodside Hotel in Aberdour by Dalgety Bay Folk Club, we all enjoyed the gig very much and the evening went by really quickly!  We all hope to see Colin back there very soon and send our best wishes for his recovery.

April – she’s ours

Apologies, the website has been down for a wee while, hopefully it is now fully visible.

In the interim, the band and lovely groupies have been away to Perthshire, not to play, but to chill out.   Now we may focus on the forthcoming homecoming, when we make a return visit to the Woodside at Aberdour, at the invitation of Dalgety Bay Folk Club.

No pressure …..  :-)

Festive Cheer

All of the band would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas, and a peaceful new year.

We will be playing some Christmas gigs at local care homes before we roll out the turkey (vegetarian options also available) and see out the Auld Year with a dram.  We would love to welcome you to our gigs in 2017, keep an eye on the schedule as it is always being updated.


Worth a try

After 8 Mince enjoyed a full evening at Dunfermline Rugby Club, ably assisted by Emily, possibly our youngest helper.  Most excellent stovies were had.

We followed that with a terrific reception laid on by Limekilns Church Guild, we played in their beautiful neo-classical  building and wolfed down the tea, cakes and sandwiches afterwards.

Thank you one and all, it’s always a privilege to play for you and we appreciate every opportunity we are offered.

Guide Dogs

After 8 Mince very much enjoyed assisting the West Fife Guide Dogs team with their fund raising on 7th October, when the committee, some welcome guests and at least 8 dogs entertained in the sailing club.   A total of £895 was added to the committee’s challenge to raise enough to name a puppy in memory of the late Tom, who worked tirelessly with the team and is much missed.

Testing testing

The band had the privilege of playing for the residents of Leven Beach Care Home on Sunday, thank you to the residents and staff for the fine reception.

We’re gearing up for a big announcement, to be made very very soon, but in the meantime this made me smile.

Ahoy mateys

Sincere apologies for the lack of updates, some of you may know that life was bit difficult for the Webmaster in 2015 but we are hoping that a renewed focus on all things Mince will be achieved this year.   We certainly got off to a good start, with a team bonding night away at Glen Devon.  Thanks to the hotel staff for allowing us free rein to play in the lounges.

All the best for the year to come and we hope to have some exciting news to share with you soon.




Keeping the home fires burning

Thank you to everyone who came along on the 22nd May to Dalgety Bay Folk Club.  We really enjoyed playing for you all and again thank you for all the comments afterwards.   We consider ourselves to be very much a part of the Club, so to have your support means a huge amount to us all.

We are also very grateful for the support which we receive from all our partners and families – you know who you are.