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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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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