The Temporary

Our first and only album, released in August 2018.

The Temporary

Our album, now available to purchase:

iTunes Amazon Googele Play

Buy in person at:
High Level Music, Lerwick • The Bop Shop, Lerwick • Mareel, Lerwick • Hillswick Shop • Tagon Stores, Voe • Andrew Halcrow's Shop, Hamnavoe • Brae Garage • Vidlin Shop • Grooves, Kirkwall

Have a listen!


Robert Balfour Vocals, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Drums

Chris Thomson Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Guitar, Melodica, Ukulele, Percussion, Recorder, Otamatone

Chris Cope Bass

Erik Peterson Drums, Backing Vocals, Percussion

Julie Baptie Trumpets

Stewart Grains Fiddle

Recorded at: Bellevue, Hamnavoe Mareel, Lerwick The Wobbly Ganghut, Lerwick

Recorded & Mixed by Chris Thomson. Recorded at Mareel by Tim Matthew.

Mastered by Denis Blackham at Skye Mastering Photography by Liam Henderson at Maskot


In no particular order: Stewart Grains, Julie Baptie, Stevie Hook & Amanda Pearson, Arthur Nicholson, Russell Gair, Roy Tait, Jordan Clark, Michael Williamson, Ann & Ian Thomson, High Level Music, Tim Matthew, Alex Fenton, The Bop Shop, SIBC, Tom Morton, Adam Guest, Lois Nicol, David Nicol, Shaun Strachan, Neil Riddell, Ewan Nowak, Kelso & Pippa, Tia & Jeffrey, Shona, Nicolle, Yetti & Krissi.

Expert opinion!

"Blended with top class musicianship and some incredibly catchy songs, they are on to a winner"

"Hints of Aztec Camera, early REM perhaps, bits of Divine Comedy and even some Randolph’s Leap in there…if you investigate the album, it’s got some real jazzy flourishes as well."

Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland (October 2018)

"The Trookers album is an excellent piece of work. Melodic, angular, witty, enigmatic."

"It's a very rewarding listen offering a lot of hidden treasures on a second listen too. Well done lads!"

"Guaranteed to put you at ease any time of the day"

"What we get is a very diverse collection of cracking tunes...The Temporary is a top-notch effort that is well made and keeps mixing it up"

"This is a band clearly steeped in music...The Temporary is a record which screams quality and class"

"Guaranteed to put a skip in your step, a song in your heart and a smile on your face"


"There’s so much personality in this band"

"Something for all"

Shetland Life (September 2018)