THE PARTY LINE – by Andrew Bachell

Is there nothing new under the sun? It sometimes seems not. While 2020 will be remembered as the year we all discovered Zoom and online sessions, it is interesting to note that this is a phenomenon that has a precedent right back at least to the early 20th Century, when telephone lines were few and … Continued

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WHAT A CARRY ON – by Ross Couper

What a carry on this has been. The ups and downs have been seemingly never ending this year. In this blog I thought I would try and chart some of the things I’ve found to keep myself going with music. Back in March I was pretty lazy to begin with. I lay around like it … Continued

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URRANTA – by Deirdre Graham

URRANTA [Scottish Gaelic. adj. bold, daring, intrepid.] I’ve always been interested in words: definition, syntax, vocabulary; how they appear in different languages; how they come and go in trends; how we use them to communicate, persuade and empathise effectively. I’ve always been curious about people’s stories: pivotal moments, chance encounters, loves and losses and defining … Continued

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SHARING – by Rua Macmillan

‘Would you ever consider teaching online?’ One of my students asked me this just as the lockdown started. To be honest, I’d never really thought about it in any detail before. Our first lesson seemed to go pretty well – I could hear and see them, they could hear and see me, and we can … Continued

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FUN FIDDLE – A PANDEMIC STORY by Gica Loening

The power of music to heal, nurture, and connect, is a notion that no-one reading this will need to be convinced of, and its potential for transforming lives lies at the heart of my work as a music practitioner and fiddle teacher. In our present pandemic world, the place that music and music-making can have … Continued

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING – by Mairearad Green

I am confused by time. The year has barely begun and yet it’s October; so much has happened and now it’s nearly over. I know it’s so classic but it’s true! I feel this very deeply yet ultimately my life has slowed right down. So, the concept of time is something I’ll never fully understand … Continued

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BASS À ALBA: SCOTLAND’S FIRST SOLO BASS CREATIVE WORKS – by Jordan Hepburn

“Do you still play your Bass?” I was often asked this question by friends from years past, and perhaps more tellingly my family every now and then – and it frustrated me. What place did music have in my life now? I was disconnected from it, and from the instrument that had represented not only … Continued

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MOURNING MUSIC AND ‘THE BEFORE TIME’ – by Jeri Foreman

As we start to come out of lockdown, we know that we have all faced challenges but I am writing this to highlight how it has affected musicians. These are the people that we turn to when we seek entertainment, community cohesion, celebration, a chance to dance, or a way to feel. We are not … Continued

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Getting to know you – Mairi Campbell

  Our Spotlight this week lands on Mairi Campbell. Mairi has been a member of the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS) for many years and is on the TDFS board. This week she is launching the first of four workshops in ‘Step Dance and Fiddling’. The workshops will help musicians learn to play for … Continued

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MY REFLECTIONS ON LOCKDOWN – by Jenna Reid

Thinking back to early lockdown, one of the many things that struck me was that each day had the potential to be good. It took time to fully adjust to that way of thinking but we had hope on our side as a family. We were all healthy and our extended family were safe and … Continued

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