Writing an Album with a Newly Invented Bagpipe – by Malin Lewis

My debut album Halocline is out. It’s been a long journey and it means so much to share it with the world. I began making Smallpipes at the age of fourteen after approaching a local woodturner for lessons. I was always fascinated by sound itself, how simple tubes of wood and reeds could make such … Continued

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LIGHT ON WATER – by Sophie Joint

Artwork by the wonderful Orcadian painter and pianist Jennifer Austin In May 2023, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to record my debut solo album, Light on Water. The album was recorded at Wee Studio in Stornoway by Keith Morrison. I was surrounded by beautiful landscape – the studio looks out onto the … Continued

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VOLUNTEERING – THE ROOTS OF TRAD by Rachel Hair

I’m Rachel and I guess I’m what you’d describe as a mid-career professional musician, having been fortunate enough to enjoy some 18 years freelancing in performing and teaching Scottish harp. It’s had its ups and downs but I’m now at a point in my career where I genuinely love everything I do, and I’m thankfully … Continued

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THE NORTHERN ISLES SUITE – by Miguel Girão

📷 by Martin Venherm The Northern Isles Suite is a collection of traditional tunes from Orkney and Shetland arranged for solo acoustic guitar. The piece of music draws influence from classical music, having a compositional/musical structure that has been used by composers, for a multitude of different musical works and genres across the centuries. It … Continued

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In the Hartwood

Jane Mather Anyone think it’s a good idea to write and perform a faerie story about a paupers cemetery in the grounds of a decommissioned psychiatric hospital? Anyone? It’s a wet November day, on the train from Glasgow to Edinburgh, I glance out of the window and see a grand, baronial-style mansion looming out of … Continued

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DIARIES FROM INDIA – by Mischa Macpherson

Towards the end of November ’23 as the temperature dropped and the rest of Glasgow was beginning to feel Christmassy, I found myself running from chemist to supermarket trying to find factor 50 suncream and a good mosquito repellent. I was heading back to India for some more concerts, after an incredible trip there to … Continued

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The Global Cohort Where the Sun Never Sets – by Simon Bradley

“Artistic activities vibrate between nationalism and internationalism. The one is as necessary as the other is indispensable.” Internationalism in Music, The Musical Quarterly (1925), Guido Adler and Theodore Baker As the nights draw in and belts are tightened a temptation is to batten down the hatches and posit a false dichotomy between celebrating the local … Continued

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The Making of Fragments in Time: The Debut Album from Rhona Stevens & Joseph Peach

📷 by Orla Stevens Our album ‘Fragments in Time’ has been out for just over a month now, which after three years in the making, is still quite hard to fathom! We took the very first steps towards the project way back in May 2020. A couple of months into the first of the Covid-19 … Continued

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THE VALUE OF TRADITIONAL ARTS – by David Francis

As cuts to culture funding continue to hit the headlines it’s worth reflecting on the importance of the traditional arts to communities and to Scottish culture in general.  Folk arts are the source of human creativity and value worldwide, but the living flow of traditional song, music, dance, and story enjoys a prominent place in … Continued

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FIXED ASSETS – by Seán Gray

📷 by Hamish Macleod “Digging into the Politics and Poetry of Ayrshire Mining Communities.” Fixed Assets is an album collaborating with Lallans Scots poet Rab Wilson and explores the lives of Ayrshire coal miners. The idea for the album came about in 2016 after I was commissioned by Celtic Connections to write a piece of … Continued

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