The Last Ship: from slip jigs to the slipway, a folky’s voyage into commercial touring theatre – by Sally Simpson

This time last year I was asked if I’d be interested in being the fiddle player in the on-stage band for The Last Ship, a touring musical with songs written by Sting. The Last Ship tells the story of a shipbuilding community in Wallsend, Newcastle, and the impact of the impending closure of the shipyards. … Continued

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Being an Adult/Musician with a Learning Disability – by Josie Duncan

My name is Josie and I am a twenty-three year old folk singer with dyscalculia. Being a full-time musician is a total privilege because I get to sing for a living – I really love it. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and the past few years have been some of my favourite yet! As well as … Continued

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FIFTH TIME AROUND – by Rachel Hair

So it’s officially 12 days before Christmas, and well, my shopping and organising should have started by now… yeahhhhh not this year! I’ve had a major distraction this year and haven’t set foot in a shop other than my local co-op, why? I’m recording a new album woop woop! I’ve been working with guitarist Ron … Continued

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SCOTT WOOD: BUILDING OAK RIDGE STUDIOS

Hello folky world! My name is Scott Wood, and I’m a 25 year old born and raised in Erskine, now residing in Bishopbriggs. I have a career in the Scottish music industry, and seem to have multiple busy jobs within. Currently, I tour on bagpipes and whistles with the band Skerryvore, manage and perform a … Continued

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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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