Due to demand the TMSA have extended the deadline for the 2015 edition of their Event Calendar to Friday 12 December. So you still have the opportunity to put your event/activity details in front of many visitors and locals across Scotland.
A reminder that besides adverts, event and folk club listings, we are trialling a new section for venues and groups where you can list or advertise your venue or organisation if you run a variety of traditional/folk music events and activities such as classes or concerts at irregular intervals.
Prices for listings are from £20-50 and will mean:
• inclusion in the 30,000 hard copy print run of the Event Calendar – distributed through VisitScotland Information centres and other outlets,
• inclusion in the electronic version situated on the TMSA website
• your information in our interactive listings helping publicise your events at very cost effective prices.
We need your listing/advert to reach us by Friday 12 December 2014 but letting us know before that if you intend to list/advertise will help our layout planning!
COLLABORATIVE ARTIST JAN BEE BROWN LAUNCHES CROSS-ARTS PROJECT FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHY AND A NEW MUSIC COMMISSION BY MIKE VASS
Collaborative artist Jan Bee Brown has commissioned Scottish fiddler and composer Mike Vass to write a suite of new music to accompany a pop-up exhibition, ‘Away Being’. It is part of a new cross-arts project called ‘Coming Home’, which was inspired by a series of photographs by Ian Paterson and John Maher, ‘Leaving Home’.
‘Leaving Home – A’ Fàgail na Dachaigh’ is a collection of photographs of abandoned croft houses by Ian Paterson and John Maher that was shown at An Lanntair in Stornoway in 2013. Jan Bee was inspired by the photographs and their stories, which told of the people who had abandoned these crofts. She envisioned a projected sequence of images accompanied by haunting music performed by groups of musicians appearing gradually as the sequence developed. She wanted to work with artists from different practices as well as community projects.
‘A collaborative art project is like skimming a stone across a pond,’ she explains, ‘an unusual pebble catches your eye, you weigh it in your hand, then you give it your best throw and hold your breath as you count the bounces. The pebble’s final ‘plop’ creates ripples of its own.’
This has materialised as ‘Coming Home – A’ Tighinn Dhachaigh’, a project funded by Enterprise Music Scotland which has engaged Scots Trad Award past winner and current nominee Mike Vass to work with Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’s Big Band (25 young musicians meeting monthly at Summerhall in Edinburgh). During this process he has composed a new suite of music inspired by the photographs and the young peoples’ responses to a series of questions: What does coming home mean to you? How does leaving home make you feel? What makes Scotland feel like home?
‘We’re delighted to be involved in this project,’ says Charlotte Hathaway who directs the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Big Band. ‘Our goal is to really challenge our young musicians and take part in artistically exciting ventures. Coming Home has enabled us to be part of the creation of some gorgeous music and provided some fantastic performance opportunities.’
Informal pop-up exhibition ‘Away Being’ will premier the commission, ushering in 2015 by linking music, stories and visual art. The Big Band will be accompanied by live visuals from Video Lab’s VJ Mettje Hunneman and the exhibition will also feature photographs by Ian Paterson and John Maher with artwork by Liz Skulina, Catriona Taylor, Ulrike Oeter and Isabel Ferrand.
‘I’ve travelled all over the world this year,’ says Mike, ‘from touring in the USA to sailing the West Coast of Scotland in search of musical inspiration. Leaving home and coming home have become big themes in my life. It’s been really fascinating to develop these ideas with the young musicians from Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin.’
‘Away Being’ will be in residence in Gallery 1 at St. Margaret’s House from 15th December with a launch event 2pm-4pm on 4th January. Find out more about tickets.
EYG Big Band playing the Coming Home concerto at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh.
Knockengorroch will be back in Dumfries town bringing a feast of great music in true roots spirit: Glasgow’s own international reggae sound system legends and World Ceilidh festival residents Mungo’s Hi Fi with MC, skamendous, skankin’ ska from The Amphetameanies, sizzling Balkan brass, energy and flamboyance from the fantastic Baghdaddies, and folktronica – live instrumentation fused with digital beats from the inimitable Frogpocket.
A BIG LINEUP SELECTED FOR DANCING ALL NIGHT- WITH SOME TRUE FAV KNOCK BANDS
Greenery, decor and colourful installations will transform The Venue into a resplendent Knockengorroch winter world. Get a taste of Knockengorroch in one sweet night to celebrate Scotland’s national bard’s birthday.
The event runs from 8pm to 3am. Get tickets and more information about Big Burns Supper festival www.bigburnssupper.com
The Knockengorroch World Ceilidh festival will take place from 21 to 14 May 2015
Scotland Sings is all about getting everyone singing – any style, anywhere. In schools, choirs, workshops, round kitchen tables, in pubs and clubs, in the hills and on the street!
Come along and join in our exciting new January harmony singing workshops: Renewing the Tradition – brand new choir repertoire of fresh contemporary arrangements seeded by some of Scotland’s best-loved Burns and Gaelic songs.
Scotland Sings has commissioned songwriters Kim Edgar and Findlay Napier to take a Robert Burns song and rewrite it into a modern version. These songs I Will not Say Goodbye and Petals of a Red, Red Rose will be taught at the workshop.
This workshop is open to choirs and individual singers alike. The cost for the day is £10 per person with a free place offered when you make a group booking of 10 places (just book 10 places with 1 contact name then bring your extra person on the day). To book, go to www.sing.scot
Get in the spirit for St Andrews Night and Christmas at one of our Homecoming Scotland 2014 Sessions – currently running in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Elgin, Oyne, Dumfries, Newton Stewart and Crieff with others being confirmed elsewhere. All are welcome to come along to take part or just listen, to great folk on your doorstep! Details are listed at www.tmsa.org.uk.
It is still possible to promote more traditional music sessions under the Homecoming banner until the end of the year – if there are any you host or run. Contact the TMSA as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0792 253 3915.