Angus and Islay Young People Inspired by Traditional Music

The Wayfarers

The Wayfarers project engaged young people aged 11-26 in two distinct communities – Kirriemuir, Angus and Port Charlotte, Islay – in developing skills in traditional music through a staged process of exploration, learning, creative work and performance.

Local young people (the Participants) took part in workshops with early career professional musicians (the Tutors), exploring the traditional music heritage of each area. In Islay the focus was on traditional and contemporary pipe music and Gaelic song, and in Angus on local fiddle and song traditions, which were researched in advance by the Tutors.

In each area the Participants created new arrangements and shared their explorations through performance at the Islay Sessions and Kirriemuir Music Festival.

Hamish MacLeod documented the project and edited it down into this short film.

Coordinated by the Traditional Music Forum and TRACS.

Funded by the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo’s Traditional Arts Development Fund.

Listen to Traigh Ghruinneart recorded with the Islay participants, led by Josie Duncan.