What Music Means To Me – by Ryan Young

Hi! My name is Ryan Young and I play the fiddle. I’m from Cardross, near Helensburgh and this is the first time I have ever written a blog. This year has been a great one so far! I’ve been playing lots and lots, and in lots of new places. I released my first album last … Continued

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What you won’t read on Facebook: Thoughts on Juggling Parenthood and Working as Self Employed Musicians – by Gillian Frame and Findlay Napier

Findlay Napier and Gillian Frame’s music is available from the Cheerygroove Record’s Bandcamp page: https://cheergroove.bandcamp.com Findlay and Gillian are playing Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh (17th Oct) and Fruitmarket, Glasgow (18th Oct) Check out Findlay’s Website for more upcoming Scottish shows and ticket links: http://www.findlaynapier.com   GILLIAN When Tina from the Trad Music Forum asked if … Continued

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Behind The Music – by David Foley

Hi. For those of you wondering who I am, here’s a quick synopsis… I play with a band call RURA. Most people call us Rura but that’s very wrong. It’s ‘RURA’ in capitals – you’re meant to shout it. We’ve just released our third album In Praise of Home produced by our very talented and … Continued

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Cluas ri Claisneachd – The DASG Audio Archive – by Abi Lightbody

Cluas ri Claisneachd Work began on the DASG Audio Archive in 2015 with the aim of making all audio recordings held in Celtic and Gaelic in the School of Humanities at the University of Glasgow available freely online. DASG is the Digital Archive of Scottish Gaelic, an online repository of digitised texts, lexical resources and … Continued

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Taking Time To Play Fiddle Tunes – by Jeri Foreman

Photo above – Session during Celtic Connections in Glasgow Taking time to play fiddle tunes I became a resident of Glasgow recently, after spending several months travelling and playing fiddle tunes. Until July last year, I had lived in Adelaide, South Australia and had chased as much musical learning and travelling as I could, while … Continued

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A Day in the Life of a Sound Technician at Shetland Folk Festival – by Carla Feuerstein

For the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to work at the amazing Shetland Folk Festival as a sound technician. It’s an intense, tiring but nonetheless hugely fun weekend, and it is my favourite festival to work at. Shetland is a very special place, with beautiful landscape and most importantly some of the … Continued

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ON TOUR WITH ROSS & ALI – by Jenn Butterworth

I had the pleasure of running about the country on tour with Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton this April.  They’ve been launching their second album, SYMBIOSIS II, and to celebrate we played a run of trio gigs leading up to a big band gig at the Drygate in Glasgow.  I missed the first couple of … Continued

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BREABACH AUSTRALIAN TOUR – by James Lindsay

In March this year Breabach embarked on a trip to Australia for what would be our seventh time visiting the country. I still can’t quite fathom getting the opportunity to travel out there once in my life let alone multiple times! We’ve steadily been building up a network of gigs and contacts over the past … Continued

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‘Where I Stand’: A Collaborative Work Between Scottish & Indian Artists – by Eilidh Firth

Back in January this year, I was browsing through the Creative Scotland website when an opportunity jumped out at me. Open Call for Musicians for A New Conversation. The Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh were partnering with a G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Mumbai, India to create a new collaborative work between Scottish and … Continued

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MK Whistles: From Work Experience to Apprentice – by Ewen White

Whenever I talk about working at MK Whistles I always end up finding that people are much more interested in what I do than I would’ve expected. I don’t really know what my official job title is, but what I have been doing is helping with the making of the whistles, and also in the … Continued

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