NO MORE – by Duncan Lyall

No. NO. I’m practicing here. NO! I find it difficult not to say yes. If feels good to say yes when someone asks me to do a gig, or play on a recording, or produce an album, or do just about anything that makes me feel valued. It’s a buzz knowing someone likes what you … Continued

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A NEW PLACE – by Ainsley Hamill

It’s a really scary thing moving to a new place, especially when you didn’t study there and don’t have many connections. You get the feeling you’re starting from scratch and it can be overwhelming and potentially a bit lonely being ‘the new one’. This is basically what I felt when I moved to London. I … Continued

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BE INSPIRED – by Ali Hutton

In all honesty this blog has taken me weeks to get round to. I’ve changed my mind so often about what to write. Fortunately, the other night I watched a TV programme about Billy Connolly called ‘Made In Scotland’. This gave me the idea that I should write about ‘Inspiration’……’Being inspired’……….. Now, I’ve never been … Continued

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Playing Gigs to Make Money to Buy Strings to Do More Gigs to Break More Strings – by Luc McNally

12/02/2019 My name is Luc, I play the guitar and bouzouki, and the guitar-bouzouki, as well as singing. I grew up in Dipton, an ex-industrial village in County Durham, and lived in Newcastle for a year but I’ve been in Glasgow for 6 years now. I really, really love music. I’m writing this from the … Continued

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Bogha-frois: Traditional Music Is For All Of Us – By Pedro Cameron

As I write this, I am still reeling from one of the best nights of music I have ever been involved in. The past Sunday (February 3rd), the last night of Celtic Connections, the fruits of 9 months of labour came into being. I am a fiddle player, a singer-songwriter (under the moniker Man of … Continued

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TOURING, FITNESS & DIET – by Maeve Mackinnon

My name is Maeve Mackinnon and I’m a contemporary Gaelic singer from Glasgow. I’ve always had a love of fitness, and over the last 12 years of gigging I’ve made fitness a part of my daily routine, regardless of where I am in the world. As well as teaching, I’ve been lucky to tour nationally and internationally with my … Continued

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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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