Time To Get Oot Yer Box!

THE ALLANWATER BREWHOUSE is proud to welcome Teuchter Rock royalty to our stage on Saturday 10th November when ‘Box O’ Bananas’ will be top of the bill at 9pm.

Band members Jock ‘The Box’ MacMillan and Stevie Gillies, who are pictured ‘live & dangerous’ above, have not only built up a cult following performing all over the globe and sharing the stage with such international best sellers as The Stranglers, Sir Bob Geldof and Jools Holland with their up tempo takes on Celtic and contemporary rock standards, but have also shared the silver screen with the stars of hit time-travelling TV show Outlander.

But while Jock’s rugged looks landed him a part as a Jacobite extra and he loved rubbing shoulders with Outlander stars Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe, music remains the acclaimed accordionist’s one true love and as he revealed he can’t wait to tread the boards at Central Scotland’s top live music venue.

Jock said: “Both Stevie and myself have been involved in plenty of TV and film projects over the years including Monarch of the Glen, Macbeth and The Bruce but Outlander was really enjoyable and to feature in the first three series and even get some speaking action was’nae too bad either.

“But music is what we live for and it’s great to be back playing at The Brewhouse this Saturday. It’s one of our favourite venues and from classical to punk, traditional to funk and everything in between we will have ourselves one cracking ceilidh in The Brewhouse come Saturday night.”

Box O’ Bananas style is difficult to pigeon hole and spans Celtic/Irish folk rock with a Cajun vibe while Saturday’s set may also feature fast and furious jigs and slow airs and that plus their famous off the wall (!) posters, reckons Brewhouse owner Douglas Ross, is one of the key reasons behind the duo’s enduring popularity.

Douglas said: “We are honoured to have stars of the silver screen Jock the Box and Stevie Gillies with us on Saturday night. I am a keen fan of Outlander and it was amazing when I sat down with my wife Jeanette one Saturday night to watch it and found Jock The Box staring back out at me in his guise as an 18th century Jacobite! To be honest it scared the living be Jesus out of me and you never know maybe he’ll come dressed in character on Saturday!

“But on a serious note we are absolutely delighted to have Box O’Bananas with us this Saturday at 9pm (come early to get a seat!) as they are one of the most sought after acts on the Scottish music scene and no wonder. Their music is so distinct and takes in so many influences and the one thing I can guarantee punters who turn up is that the Brewhouse will literally be bouncing!”

Of course it’s vital you have the ideal pint to accompany music of such passion and vibrancy and we reckon that our Guy Fawkes beer TOFFEE APPLE (a 4% bitter sweet blond ale) will fit the bill . Or why not try our sensational seasonal MULLED CIDER  which will stoke your inner Jacobite flame while also slaking the thirst you will develop as ‘Box O’Bananas‘ gie it laldy!

Now shut your eyes and visualise a simply divine artisan farmhouse cider infused with seasonal herbs, spice juices, dash of red wine and dowsing of rum, to produce the holy grail of mulled ciders served with steam rising!

Eh Voila!

This glass of liquid nectar is not surprisingly featuring in our Brew of the Week Vlog, elsewhere on our website, with the permanently parched Adam John Paterson….who’s appreciation is…well…much appreciated!


Of course before we go we must salute our old chums ‘So What!’ who, as always did us proud when they were top of the bill for last Saturday’s 9pm sesh!

But, for now, as they say in all the best cartoons….”That’s All Folks!”