HEALTH – by Mohsen Amini

Hi there!  I’m Mohsen Amini. I play in both Talisk & Ímar and this is my blog. So this is maybe my second ever blog so thought I would just tell you about my year really. This is more of a diary entry without all the personal bits. That’s for blog number 3! In my opinion music … Continued

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What does multifarious mean? Oh yes, it’s the life of a musician! – by Simon Thoumire

I’ve enjoyed reading the Trad Music Forum blogs about peoples lives and actions. I always think my life is one of mystery  – when people say to me “What do you do?” I’m never sure what the answer is! Like many musicians I do lots of things. When I wake up in the morning my … Continued

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JOURNEYS: FINDING YOUR PATH – by Alistair Iain Paterson

It is often said that things always happen for a reason. At first glance, that may seem an obvious thing to state, but through time, I have come to appreciate the truth and reason in this simple expression. We all find ourselves on our own unique journey through life; journeys which are often shaped and … Continued

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A Gathering Thought – by Calum MacCrimmon

As the familiar cold and drizzle finally return to Glasgow, I thought it might be fun to reflect on a bit of what’s been going on across the busy season. To be completely honest, my Summer months were largely spent indoors writing music, learning arrangements, type-facing a book of pipe tunes and recording a new … Continued

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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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