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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AN IRISH-SCOT LOST IN THE BALKANS – by Chris Lyons

📷 by Chris Scott for Hidden Door Festival I will be playing Bayan-accordion and possibly some other instruments at the Bulgarian-Scottish fusion dance and music event Thistles and Sunflowers on 22 August at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. As an enthusiast of Bulgarian musical culture, being involved in this event is extremely interesting for me. Like … Continued

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LAND OF EDEN – by Lucie Hendry

Land of Eden – Debut Album Released 16th June 2023 📷 by Justyna Krzyżanowska For years I have dreamed about recording a solo album but never could I have told you that it would turn out like it has! Land of Eden is the fulfilment of past visions and dreams, and the beginning of new … Continued

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BRAVING THE FREELANCE LIFE – by Amy Laurenson

📷 by Nicky Murray This year life took a turn as I won BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2023 award. Fresh out of RCS last June, the time leading up to the competition was spent juggling working in a pub, teaching and working on music projects. Just a week before the … Continued

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