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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WILL YOUR PASSION SEE YOU THROUGH? – by Bruce MacGregor

In the last few months have you found yourself sitting there thinking “What am I meant to do? What on earth is the point?” I know I certainly have. I was brought up with the school of thought, “If you love something enough then you can make it happen – follow your dreams” “If you’re … Continued

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‘VIRTUALLY KNOCKENGORROCH’ FESTIVAL KICKS OFF A NEW SEASON, AND A NEW WORLD… – by Katch Holmes

I‘m not into online events, I said. When the lockdown started and we were forced to postpone our Knockengorroch music festival I professed both to myself and anyone who would listen, that virtual events did not interest me. I racked my brains as to ways I could bring people together in real time whilst observing … Continued

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LOCKDOWN LIMBO & LEARNING TO ROCK WITH THE WAVES – by Ingrid Henderson

Eight official weeks into staying safe at home and cocooning so how are we all doing? Eight weeks of banana bread? Sourdough anyone?! Any new yoga poses? Other new skills? Or just simply staying afloat? Well for me it’s eight weeks of being billeted about in a sea of emotions, days of inspiration, days of … Continued

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CORONAVIRUS ON TOUR – by Mairi Campbell

On the 3rd March 2020 I was due to start a two-month tour of Canada and New Zealand.  My husband, Dave and our daughter Ada were also part of the tour. Dave was coming to perform at the Toronto storytelling festival, and Ada joining me for the Vancouver and New Zealand legs of the trip.  We’d been … Continued

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PUSHING THROUGH RESISTANCE – by Alan Murray

I’m someone who still feels relatively new to the world of being a musician, so when it comes to writing a piece for a forum like this it can seem a little overwhelming. I can relate to many of the things that have been written about on here – feeling like an imposter; learning how … Continued

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BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY – by Ellie McLaren

At the humble age of 9, I didn’t once bat an eyelid at the thought of taking to the stage in Banchory Town Hall to play two (relatively simple) tunes in the ’12 and Under’ section at the Banchory Accordion and Fiddle Festival. I did this year in and year out, gradually venturing to more … Continued

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TRAD MUSIC AND TOURISM – by David Francis

TMF Director, David Francis, muses on a couple of recent tourism documents. A bit late to this, but towards the end of last year two tourism strategy documents appeared, looking to the future of what many regard as a key industry for Scotland. ‘Tourism’ is a hard term to define because so much of the … Continued

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“APATHETIC, ALWAYS ILL AND MUSICALLY ILLITERATE”: A SINGER’S STRUGGLE – by Hannah Rarity

Throughout my formative musical years I embraced all things singing and turned away from many attempts to learn an instrument or theory via classical tuition methods. As a result I’ve often felt a sense of inadequacy when trying to communicate ideas to musicians I’m working with or have become quite frustrated when writing songs without … Continued

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