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TMF Newsletter December 2021

TMF BLOG
MUSIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT - AN ANTIDOTE TO SCHIZOPHONIA - by Simon Bradley


The latest TMF blog is from Simon Bradley - programme leader of the MA in Music and the Environment at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Grounded in ideas from Ecomusicology and Geopoetics, the course works with the students to provide a framework for locating one's musical creativity.

Read the blog now

2021's MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards announced 2021’s diverse Award Winners after a record 180,000 public votes, as it returned to Glasgow on BBC ALBA and in front of a live studio audience.

The stellar MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards annual Gala evening champions top Scottish traditional musicians of all genres in a glittering ceremony, recognising, and celebrating the wealth of talent via phenomenal performances, which this year took place at Glasgow’s Engine Works, and was broadcast on BBC ALBA at 9.00pm, Saturday December 4th 2021, and streamed live around the world from www.bbc.co.uk/alba.

The winners of the twelve MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2021 are:

Original Work of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music
Calum MacPhail – 7 Years Old

Community Project of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings
Riddell Fiddles’ Two Towns Housing Estate Youth Musical Outreach Programme

Event of the Year sponsored by VisitScotland
Celtic Connections

Gaelic Singer of the Year sponsored by The Highland Society of London
Kim Carnie

Musician of the Year sponsored by The University of the Highlands and Islands
Iona Fyfe

Online Performance of 2021 sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust
Norrie “Tago” MacIver Live Streams

Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by Traditional Music and Song Association
Ellie Beaton

Trad Video of the Year sponsored by Threads of Sound
Doddies Dream – Bruce MacGregor

Trad Music in the Media sponsored by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig
Ceòl is Cràdh (Mental health in musicians’ documentary) (BBC ALBA)

Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
The Canny Band

Music Tutor of the Year Award sponsored by Creative Scotland’s Youth Music Initiative
Craig Muirhead, Director of Piping and Drumming at Strathallan School (photo above)

Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD
Where the World Is Thin by Kris Drever

Read more

SURVEY:
UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF COVID19 ON THE TRADITIONAL ARTS IN SCOTLAND

This survey was designed by traditional arts organisations in Scotland and the findings will be made available for use by the traditional arts community. It is hoped that the findings will highlight any areas in need of further support. It would be really appreciated if you could find a few minutes to fill it in.

www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/tradartscovid

SOCIAL FOLK

Social Folk is the one-stop shop for Scotland-based traditional, folk, acoustic and roots musicians to hone their digital marketing skills.

The Traditional Music Forum have teamed up with Hands Up For Trad, Scottish Music Centre, and Showcase Scotland Expo to offer you free social media and digital marketing advice videos delivered by some of Scotland’s top folk musicians, as well as one-to-one tailored training sessions with leading experts:

Michael Pellegrotti
Michael is a marketing and events consultant, and director of Skye Live Festival. Previously the lead on digital output at DF Concerts and Events, Michael played a key role in the launch of TRNSMT Festival as well as driving significant growth across its full brand portfolio. Michael's credentials also include running Glasgow Uni's Subcity Radio and working for global online music broadcasting platform Boiler Room. He currently organises the boutique Skye Live Festival and works with a variety of artists, brands and events to assist with their overall growth and digital engagement - with a particular focus on Scottish roots artists and events.

Find out more and sign up now: www.socialfolk.scot

RCS TRAD PRESENTS

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are sharing student performances throughout December on the lead-up to Christmas in their fantastic #RCSTradPresents series.

Below is a video of Iona Reid, Rose Logan and Cameron Lawson. You can watch all the videos so far on the RCS Traditional Music YouTube page.
RCS Trad Presents: Iona Reid, Rose Logan & Cameron Lawson

BATTLE OF THE FOLK BANDS 2022 FINALISTS

The finalists for Battle of The Folk Bands 2022 have been announced! Congratulations to:

Deira
Kenneth MacFarlane Band

Ruach (photo above)
The Auldeners

The finals will happen at Celtic Connections on Saturday 29th January in the Drygate Brewery (1pm). The last few years have been a sell out so get your tickets quick!

NEW MUSIC

FÈIS PHÀISLIG
THE JOY OF IT

Released 12th Nov 2021
Available from bandcamp

The Joy of It brings together 6 up-and-coming traditional musicians through the Fèis Phàislig Ceilidh Trail scheme. In place of their usual summer tour, the group arranged and recorded 11 tracks in a professional studio environment with producers Anna Massie and Findlay Napier.
The result is a brilliant collection of traditional and contemporary Scottish music and Gaelic song. The six musicians featured on the album are: 

• Anna Whiteford - accordion, piano, backing vocals 
• Cameron Duff - fiddle, whistle, voice 
• Jessica Fraser - clarsach, piano, backing vocals 
• Lisa Gray - fiddle, backing vocals 
• Rachel Hopkins - voice 
• Sophie MacDonald - clarsach, voice 

OLD BLIND DOGS
KNUCKLEHEAD CIRCUS

Released 19th Nov 2021
Available from bandcamp

Knucklehead Circus is the 14th studio album from Old Blind Dogs. With help from Creative Scotland the band were able to work away on new music throughout lockdown and create this brand new album.

ISLA RATCLIFF
THE CASTALIA

Released 19th Nov 2021
Available from bandcamp

Isla Ratcliff's debut album features traditional and self-composed tunes inspired by her time in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in 2019. The album expresses Isla's love for the tradition, its ethos of community, and the power of music to bring people together.

MARIT & RONA
NOLLAIG

Released 21st Nov 2021
Available from bandcamp

Award-winning duo Marit Fält and Rona Wilkie meld tunes and songs to create new music that’s uplifting, daring and harmonious. They are known for blending their Scottish Gaelic and Scandinavian routes and have been inspired by the Scandinavian Christmas tradition to explore and expand on the Gaelic winter tradition.
Their new release Nollaig - a word which describes the whole of the festive period in Scottish Gaelic - comprises of newly penned Christmas songs, alongside well-loved hymns and puirt-a-beul from the Gaelic world.

HORSE MCDONALD & KIM EDGAR
SAVE MYSELF (RUN AWAY)

Released 30th Nov 2021
Listen on YouTube

Save Myself (Run Away) is the second of twelve songwriting collaborations as part of Kim Edgar's CONSEQUENCES project, which is focused on the personal, social or environmental consequences of human behaviour.
This collaboration with Horse has come from a very personal, emotional place. Horse was abducted as a child, and what happened to her during that time is blank. To survive, she was silent. She feels that this childhood trauma continues to affect her in many ways, including in relationships, and that the after effects of trauma on people is something that perhaps isn’t generally discussed or understood. You can read more about the collaboration with between Kim and Horse here.

The CONSEQUENCES project, supported by Creative Scotland, will conclude with an online celebration in October 2022. You can support the project and attend the celebration by pre-ordering the album from www.kimedgar.com 

EDDIE SEAMAN
CAVE OF GOLD

Released Nov 2021
Available from Greentrax

Eddie Seaman is a bagpiper and whistle player originally from Edinburgh. Cave of Gold is his brand new album and he is joined by Aaron Jones on bouzouki and Gaelic singer Maeve Mackinnon.

DUNCAN LYALL
A TALE OF TOLBOOTH

Released 3rd Dec 2021
Available from bandcamp

This piece of music is a journey through time. It was commissioned for the exhibition of the same name held in the gallery space in Tolbooth, Stirling during June and July 2021.

It features Ali Hutton on pipes and whistles, Patsy Reid on fiddle and viola, and Duncan Lyall on synths, keyboards and programming.

SALT HOUSE
WORKING FOR ZEUS

Released 3rd Dec 2021
Available from bandcamp

'Working For Zeus' is the forthcoming album from the trio Salt House. Ewan MacPherson, Lauren MacColl and Jenny Sturgeon set old words to new melodies, re-working ancient ballads or writing their own.

TOM OAKES
WATER STREET

Released 7th Dec 2021
Available from bandcamp

Water Street is the exciting new album from flautist, guitarist and whistle player, Tom Oakes.

SPELL SONGS II
LET THE LIGHT IN

Releases 10th Dec 2021
Available here

Singing nature back to life through the power of poetry, art and magic. Spell Songs II: Let The Light In is inspired by the flora and fauna of both The Lost Words & The Lost Spells.

NITEWORKS
A' GHRIAN

Releases 14th Jan 2022
Available from bandcamp

Album number 3 from Niteworks is set for release in the new year. It is available to pre-order now from the link above.

RURA
OUR VOICES ECHO

Coming soon...

RURA's forthcoming release 'Our Voices Echo' is a collaboration with Ross Ainslie, Duncan Chisholm, Julie Fowlis, Michael McGoldrick, and Hannah Rarity.

Catch the live show at Celtic Connections on 5th Feb 2022

EVENTS

SGOIL CHIÙIL CHRISTMAS GIG 2021
11TH DECEMBER 2021, 7PM ONLINE


Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd are delighted to announce that their annual Christmas concert will be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

http://musicplockton.org
Phil Cunningham is once again calling his musical pals together and re-opening his Christmas songbook. Eddi Reader, Karen Matheson, John McCusker and Phil will lead you through a fun-filled festive feast of modern and traditional Christmas music. Featuring Kris Drever, Ian Carr and Kevin McGuire along with a special guest brass band.

Tues 14th Dec - Dumfries, Easterbrook Hall
Wed 15th Dec - Stirling, Albert Halls
Thurs 16th Dec - Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Sat 18th Dec - Aberdeen, Music Hall
Sun 19th Dec - Perth, Concert Hall
Mon 20th & Tues 21st Dec - Edinburgh, Queen's Hall

TOLBOOTH EVENTS, STIRLING


Sat 18th Dec - Kinnaris Quintet
Wed 22nd Dec - Tolbooth Shindig: HEISK (Facebook live online event)
Fri 24th Dec - Tolbooth Shindig: Hannah Rarity (Facebook live online event) (photo above)
Fri 31st Dec, 3.30pm - Hogmanay Family Ceilidh
Fri 31st Dec, 8.30pm - Hogmanay Ceilidh
Fri 14th Jan - Duncan Lyall
Fri 4th Feb - The Tannahill Weavers
Thurs 10th Feb - The East Pointers
Fri 11th Feb - Heal & Harrow
Thurs 17th Feb - The Paul McKenna Band
Sat 19th Feb - Bodha-frois
 

MAKE MUSIC DAY - 6 MONTH MEET UP
21ST DECEMBER 2021, ONLINE


With 6 months to go until Make Music Day 2022 (21st June) join us to find out more about this global music celebration and how you can get involved.

Join Make Music Day's co-directors Rob Guest and Paul Gudgin to find out about what Make Music Day is all about, hear how you can get involved and connect with other people involved in music-making.

More info and sign up

CEILIDH CRAIC & CULTURE CLUB


The Ceilidh Craic and Culture Club streams online events featuring the very best in traditional music from the Scottish dance band world as well as the folk and world music scene, compèred by BBC Scotland presenter, Gary Innes.

30th Dec 2021, 7.30pm
Alasdair MacCusih & The Black Rose Ceilidh Band + Donald Shaw & Charlie McKerron + Robert Robertson & Ross Wilson

27th Jan 2022, 7.30pm
Tom Orr & His Scottish Dance Band + Kathleen MacInnes & Mike Vass

www.ceilidh.tv

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2022


Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival celebrates its connections to cultures across the globe. From 20th January - 6th February 2022, over 2,100 musicians from around the world bring the city to life for 18 days. During that time, there are concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events. 

Creative Director Donald Shaw programmes more than 300 events across multiple genres of music. The festival is renowned for its ability to bring together one-off line-ups for special collaborative shows. The camaraderie between musicians continues late into the night at the Festival Club - home to legendary musical collaborations and spontaneous sessions.

www.celticconnections.com

MA MUSIC AND THE ENVIRONMENT - SHOWCASE
26TH JANUARY 2022, THE BUNGALOW, PAISLEY


The soon-to-be graduates of the MA Music and the Environment at the University of the Highlands and Islands are presenting a showcase of their final projects on Wednesday 26th January 2022 at The Bungalow in Paisley. Check the MA Music and the Environment Facebook page for updates and more details of the event.

Make sure to read this month's TMF blog by Simon Bradley - programme leader of the course.

OPPORTUNITIES

CREATIVE SCOTLAND FUND
CREATE: INCLUSION


Create: Inclusion - new funding to increase the diversity of people working in Scotland's culture sector.
It is aimed at directly tackling inequality of opportunity and under-representation across Scotland’s culture sector, supported with £350,000 from the National Lottery.

The fund will support activities that enable personal progression, development of creative and professional practice, and opportunities to take professional and creative risks.

Application deadline: 16th February 2022
More info

RESOURCES

JENNA REID
SHETLAND TRADITIONAL FIDDLE TUNES


Play along with Jenna and Bethany Reid with this brand new full album and book combination – ‘Shetland Traditional Fiddle Tunes’.
Played at a steady pace and accompanied with bowings, you can enjoy your favourite fiddle tunes at a comfortable speed.

Jenna’s new book features 10 tracks on the album and 21 tunes, each one with bowing marked in.

Available from jennareidmusic.com

JAMES DUNCAN MACKENZIE COLLECTION

Available from bandcamp

James Duncan Mackenzie Collection (sheet music book) featuring 70 tunes for bagpipes and other instruments.
This collection contains many of the tunes James has written over the last 15 years or so. The book features marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs as well as slower tunes. It also includes tunes from James's forthcoming solo album which is due for release in 2022.

KAREN MARSHALSAY
A HARPER'S YULETIDE


This new book features 20 old and new tunes for the season arranged or composed by Karen Marshalsay, some with variations, suitable for elementary to advanced players. Arranged in 13 sets, or playable as stand alone tunes. Some are familiar favourites and others are more unusual and less well known. 

Available as a a book or PDF here, £12 plus postage for the book, £10 for the PDF.

OUR LIVING RIVERS & GLENS


A beautiful new book by the Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective.

It is a stunning synthesis by Gill Russell and Richy Lamb capturing the spirit of The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective's 2021 project 'Our Living Rivers and Glens' now available for pre-order from deeanddonceilidhcollective.com.

It features compositions from Fraser FifieldCharlie McKerronHamish NapierArthur CoatesPaul Anderson, Adam Sutherland, Shona Donaldson, Iona Fyfe, and Jenny Sturgeon.

ALI & PHILIPPE BARNES
102 SESSION TUNES


Available from philippebarnes.com

Written by husband and wife duo Ali and Philippe Barnes, 102 Session Tunes is the second book in this series. Its aim is to be a resource to help further develop the repertoire of any traditional musician keen to play along in sessions. Whether beginner, intermediate or a an advanced player, it caters for all abilities

PODCASTS & PLAYLISTS

DIRECTORY OF MUSICIANS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST #7


Listen and share here

A Christmas playlist for December, featuring fantastic music from The Outside TrackEmily SmithPhil Cunningham’s Christmas SongbookSiobhan MillerMike VassMary Ann Kennedy & Rachel WalkerLori Watson.

GAELIC SONG STORIES


Deirdre Graham takes a look at the stories and themes behind Scottish Gaelic songs.

Ep1: The Gaelosphere w/ Dòmhnall Uilleam Stewart
Ep2: Fuadach w/ Margaret Bennett
Ep3: Òran Beinn Lì w/ Gilleasbuig Ferguson
Ep4: Luaidh! w/ Rachel Newton
www.deirdregraham.com/gaelicsongstories

GET INVOLVED

This newsletter is a space for our members, and others active in traditional music in Scotland, to share news, events, opportunities, and more. Contributions are always welcome.

Would you, or anyone in your organisation, like to write a blog for us? It can be about a project you're working on, a new album, a new venture, a thought-provoking piece, etc.

Email Tina: membership@traditionalmusicforum.org

JOIN THE TMF

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Membership of the TMF is open to traditional music organisations, businesses and individuals active across traditional music in Scotland.

The more organisations and individuals that join us, the louder and stronger our voice. 
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