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TMF Newsletter | November 2020
This newsletter is a space for our members, and others active in traditional music in Scotland, to share news, stories and thoughts. Contributions are always welcome.
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FROM THE NETHERBOW
One of the jobs that the Forum has been undertaking for the past wee while is the compilation of a Scottish trad music discography. With so much possible material to populate it where do you begin? Fortunately there is a ready-made starting point of 1960, thanks to the sterling work done by William Dean-Myatt who produced a 'Scottish Vernacular Discography, 1888-1960' which is available through the National Library of Scotland, which houses a collection of wax cylinders, 78s, and other material collected by Dean-Myatt in the course of his research. The Library is also embarking on a Scottish National Discography which our efforts will contribute to.

The impetus to start the discography came from discussions around the lack of a Scottish Traditional Music Archive, a counterpart of the excellent Irish Traditional Music Archive, which is housed in Georgian Dublin.

The discography is intended to identify exactly what is out there with a view to collecting the material it refers to and giving it a proper home for posterity. In fairly short order we've got a list of around 1500 titles from Adam Sutherland to the Zydeco Ceilidh Band, with the likes of the Greentrax catalogue still to be added. We're only scratching the surface and there is plenty more to be done.

Any information relating to Scottish folk, traditional, piping, dance band and Scottish variety releases over the past sixty years would be appreciated. For those interested in the Traditional Music Archive idea, musician, folklorist and former TMF chair, Steve Byrne, will be speaking on the matter at the What If...event this Saturday (14th).
TMF BLOG:
FUN FIDDLE - A PANDEMIC STORY by Gica Loening


"The power of music to heal, nurture, and connect, is a notion that no-one reading this will need to be convinced of, and its potential for transforming lives lies at the heart of my work as a music practitioner and fiddle teacher. In our present pandemic world, the place that music and music-making can have in our everyday lives feels more crucial and holds greater poignancy than ever."

Read this heartwarming blog by Director of Fun Fiddle, Gica Loening.
TMF BLOG:
- by Rua Macmillan


"Our traditional music has been a pillar of community and continues to be now more than ever. No, we can’t currently share it in person, but we CAN still share it, and that brings us together."

A second fantastic blog this month comes from fiddler Rua Macmillan (Blazin' Fiddles).
NA TRADS 2020 TAKES TO THE SCREENS
Public voting opened on Monday 2nd November for nominees in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Na Trads 2020 will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances.

VOTE HERE (Voting closes Sunday 15th November at midnight)

Featuring phenomenal performances from leading trad musicians, the highly regarded annual Awards give recognition to excellence within Scotland’s thriving traditional musical culture. Encompassing all aspects of making and playing from composing, Gaelic song, folk and Scottish dance music to pipe bands and a host of others in between, each year sees a lively and enthusiastic crowd enjoying some of the biggest names as the industry and audiences join to honour singers, instrumentalists, composers and songwriters, and this year sees the Awards, in a different format broadcast on BBC ALBA.

More info here.
FINALISTS OF BBC RADIO SCOTLAND YOUNG TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN AWARD 2021 ANNOUNCED
Congratulations to the finalists of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2021. After a splendid semi-finalists concert held at BBC Scotland in Glasgow the 6 musicians above won through to the finals. All 12 musicians in the semi-finals played brilliantly and the judges had a very difficult time choosing the final 6. We are very lucky in Scotland to have such amazing young musicians coming through the ranks.

The six finalists are:
  • Bradley Parker – Bagpipes (County Down, Northern Ireland)
  • Ellie Beaton – Voice (Aberdeenshire)
  • Graham Rorie – Fiddle (Orkney)
  • Iona Fyfe – Voice (Huntly)
  • Lucie Hendry – Lever Harp (Aberdeenshire)
  • Michael Biggins – Piano (Newcastle)
Read more about the finalists here.

Keep up with all the latests BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award information here.
HELP MUSICIANS' CORONAVIRUS FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FUNDING: PHASE THREE
Applications are now open for Phase Three of the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Funding. The latest initiative offers financial support until March 2021 to musicians who have fallen through the gaps of government support or are unable to make ends meet.

More info and how to apply here.
HARDSHIP FUND FOR CREATIVE FREELANCERS
Applications are open for the Scottish Government’s £5million Hardship Fund for Creative Freelancers through Creative Scotland.

These funds are to support freelance creative professionals working in the arts and creative sector in Scotland who are experiencing immediate financial difficulty due to the loss of income as a result of COVID-19.

The funds offer a one-off monetary contribution to those who are most deeply impacted and disadvantaged by the cancellation of work as a result of the emergency situation.

The fund opened for applications on Monday 26th October. With no formal deadline applications will remain open until all funds are allocated.

More info and how to apply here.
HELP MUSICIANS - CAREER SUPPORT
Transmission Fund, Help Musicians’ learning and development fund, exists to support music creators to build their skills in order to take their career to the next stage. It provides grants of up to £1,500 to support you to develop your craft, add another string to your bow, hone your practice or take on another dimension to your work altogether.

The fund is open to emerging and professional musicians of all genres and disciplines. As an individual you may be an instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor, vocalist or singer- songwriter etc. Bands or ensembles of consisting of 6 members or fewer can be supported.

More info and how to apply here.
Application deadline: Monday 23rd November 2020, 9am

Help Musicians' Do It Differently Fund exists to support musicians to create new music, develop their skills, and build income streams and business skills to drive their careers forward with the tools they need, regardless of genre or career stage. You can be a solo artist, producer, songwriter or group working within any genre of music.

Whether you need financial support to get into the studio, business advice to help market your new release, investment into merchandise to elevate your brand or a grant to hire your dream session musicians, Do It Differently Fund may be able to support you with grants of £3000 towards creative output, 1:1 business advice sessions via experienced music industry professionals, and 1:1 health consultation with British Association for Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) professionals.

More info and how to apply here.
Application deadline: Monday 23rd November 2020, 9am

MUSICIANS' UNION SUBSCRIPTION HOLIDAY SCHEME EXTENDED

MU members who have already successfully taken a three-month break from payment of their subscription fees, due to the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, are now able to apply for a further three-month holiday.

Those who are yet to take the holiday are able to apply for a full six-month break. The period within which members can apply has also been extended until 31st March 2021.

Full details: musiciansunion.org.uk
CONNECTSMUSIC COVID19 IMPACT SURVEY
Created for artists by artists to help navigate the effects of this disrupted time that we’re all experiencing. Fill in this 100% anonymous survey and let ConnectsMusic know what’s been happening for you and your work.

https://connectsmusic.com/covid-impact-survey/
ConnectsMusic needs your help to understand how restrictions on live performance have affected professionals across the UK music industry. This survey is supported by The Ivors–Academy, and will be used to direct and strengthen lobbying and support.
NEW MUSIC
MIKE KATZ & ALASDAIR WHITE - BEST SETS 
Released 23rd April 2020
Available on bandcamp now

Traditional and 19th century Scottish music played on Fiddle, Highland pipes and A/C Smallpipes.

Although released earlier this year the album has been made available on bandcamp just recently.
JOHN DEW - THE HIGH BRIDGE WALK
Released 10th October 2020
Available from bandcamp

'The High Bridge Walk' is a contemporary folk E.P. by John Dew. 2 Solo Pipe tracks, 1 multi-tracked bagpipe track and 2 multi tracked whistle tracks.
JENNY STURGEON - THE LIVING MOUNTAIN
Released 16th October 2020
Available from bandcamp

The Living Mountain’ is the second solo album from songwriter Jenny Sturgeon (singer and multi-instrumentalist in Salt House and Northern Flyway). It was inspired by Nan Shepherd’'s book ‘The Living Mountain’ as well as Jenny’'s experience growing up near, and walking in, the Cairngorms.
ROSS AINSLIE - VANA
Released 30th October 2020
Available from bandcamp

The fourth studio album by Ross Ainslie is out now!
FRASER BRUCE - EVERY SONG'S A STORY
Released 1st November 2020
Available from Greentrax

An outstanding collection of mainly contemporary songs, five written by Fraser Bruce himself, one traditional song and the rest by notable songwriters such as Eric Bogle, Dougie McLean, John Watt and Graeme Miles.
KAREN MATHESON - CASSIOPEIA COMING THROUGH
Released 6th November 2020
Available on Spotify

Cassiopeia Coming Through is the brand new single from Karen Matheson taken from her forthcoming album Still Time which is set to be released in February 2021. You can pre-order the album here.
GRÁINNE BRADY - LITTLE THATCHED CABIN
Released 6th November 2020
Available from bandcamp

A traditional song learned from the singing of Roseanne Brady. On this track Gráinne is joined by Claire Hastings and Michael Biggins.
RON JAPPY - VINCULAR
Releases 4th December 2020
Available for pre-order now from ronjappy.com

Vincular - the debut album from Ron Jappy is available for pre-order now.

"The premise of this project was to create a record coordinated, arranged and drawn together from the viewpoint of an accompanist. My passion is enhancing a work and shaping its musical identity; taking it to the next stage of its life as it were. Through my role as an accompanist, I have brought together a collection of musicians to create an album of unique perspective."
KIM EDGAR - HELD
Releases 11th December 2020
Available for pre-order from kimedgar.com

Pre-order Kim Edgar's new album Held and be the first to receive a signed copy of the album as soon as it is available. 
 
RACHEL WALKER - GAOL
Releases 11th December 2020
Available for pre-order now from rachelwalker.co.uk

Whilst Lockdown appeared to make time stand still, for creatives across Gaeldom it has presented an opportunity for self-reflection and introspection through creativity. For Lochaber-based Rachel Walker, the fruits of the season are gathered together in Gaol, her first album in ten years.
UPCOMING EVENTS
WHAT IF...
14TH NOVEMBER 2020, ONLINE


Some post-Covid scenarios for Scotland's Traditional Arts community.

The TMF's 'What If...' conference/workshop is happening this Saturday, with presentations from professionals in Scotland's Traditional Arts community followed by a choice of break out rooms for discussion and action points.
The speakers and their topics are:
  • Jenn Butterworth: What if Scotland's trad scene were more equitable, more diverse?
  • Steve Byrne: What if we had a proper Scottish Traditional Music Archive?
  • Malcolm Reavell: What if there were some kind of basic income?
  • Donald Smith: What if blended performances are the future?
  • Jim Sutherland: What if there were fairer, musician-owned streaming platforms?
Register for this event now on Eventbrite.
MÀNRAN 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY LIVE FROM THE ICONIC BARROWLAND BALLROOM
14TH NOVEMBER 2020, 7.30PM

Mànran's last Scottish show was from the famous Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom before heading off to tour England. 2020 was set to be a milestone year for the band as they were due to celebrate their 10 year anniversary with tours of China, North America, Europe and at home with their own flagship festival but alas all champagne was to be put on ice, until now!
So join the band for their first performance in over 8 months as they celebrate their decade milstone with some old and new material and experience some live music from one of Scotland's most loved bands from the comfort of your armchair.

Tickets are on a donation basis and are available on Eventbrite.
BLAS FESTIVAL
20TH - 30TH NOVEMBER 2020

This year the Blas Festival will be take place online. Over 11 days there will be a fantastic programme of concerts, workshops, lectures and more that will celebrate the music, songs, language and culture of the Highlands.

More info and booking for all Blas events: www.blas.scot
SEALL FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS
26TH - 28TH NOVEMBER 2020

SEALL Festival of Small Halls 2020 is going online. SEALL aims to continue to bring the very best festival experience to our audiences and this year the musicians will be in residency at the Sligachan Hotel from 21-25 November, practising together and making new music for three live-streamed concerts on 26 and 27 November straight from Braes Hall and Dunvegan Castle.
The concerts will form part of the programme of the mighty Blas Festival 2020 and will be presented by Skye’s Eilidh Cormack.

On Saturday 28 November, the highly popular Small Halls Big Cèilidh will take place live-streamed from the Sligachan Hotel in honour of Scotland’s national day. This year’s event is also part of the philanthropic St Andrew’s Fair Saturday Festival and will raise money for our SEALL@Home project which uses performance art to tackle loneliness and isolation within our communities.

On the night, the whole world is invited to join us in celebration of Scotland’s national day and enjoy the music and craic with our nine musicians. The evening will be presented by BBC Radio Scotland’s Gary Innes of Take the Floor fame.

View the full programme
Tickets
RURA LIVE AT HANDS UP FOR TRAD MUSIC CLUB
28TH NOVEMBER 2020, 8PM
TICKETS


RURA perform a live set at Hands Up For Trad Music club straight to your living room!

This is a live concert on Friday 27th November at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. This event is part of our St Andrew’s Weekend. 

Ímar will be playing at Hands Up For Trad Music Club on Saturday 28th November. Get tickets for both events here.
ÍMAR LIVE AT HANDS UP FOR TRAD MUSIC CLUB
29TH NOVEMBER 2020, 8PM
TICKETS

Ímar perform a live set at Hands Up For Trad Music club straight to your living room!

This is a live concert on Saturday 28th November at 8pm that will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after. This event is part of our St Andrew’s Weekend. 

RURA will be playing at Hands Up For Trad Music Club on Friday 27th November. Get tickets for both events here.
WINTER GLASGOW SCHOOL OF FOLK, ONLINE 
5TH & 6TH DECEMBER 2020

Two days of instrumental workshops, sessions and craic for adults, hosted over zoom, organised and taught by folk musicians.

Join Calum MacCrimmon (whistle), John Somerville (accordion), Laura-Beth Salter (mandolin) and Adam Sutherland (fiddle) for their second online Glasgow School of Folk, with guest tutor Fiona Hunter (Scots song).

Over the two days there will be ten one-hour workshops plus evening sessions all held over Zoom. The course runs on a suggested donation of £5 per workshop attended, and a paypal link will be made available for this closer to the time.

More info and registration on Eventbrite.
MG ALBA SCOTS TRAD MUSIC AWARDS
12TH DECEMBER 2020, ONLINE

Na Trads 2020 will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances.

Public voting opened on Monday 2nd November for nominees in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.
VOTE HERE (Voting closes Sunday 15th November at midnight)
CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2021, ONLINE
15TH JANUARY - 2ND FEBRUARY 2021

Celtic Connections 2021, in its digital format, will present concerts using an online platform every night between Friday 15th January - Tuesday 2nd February 2021. Top quality performances will be available to view online across the 19 days with some of the biggest names on the Scottish music scene and beyond appearing on screens across the world as part of the festival.

With the full programme set to be announced in early December, Celtic Connections fans can expect to see an array of the most well-known and best-loved acts that have traditionally graced the festival stages.

More info here.
THE ISLAY SESSIONS
POSTPONED TO 9TH JANUARY 2021

Due to current Covid-19 restrictions the Islay Sessions has been postponed from 21st November 2020 to 9th January 2021. All tickets already sold will be valid for the new January date and tickets will be available to buy up until then.

The Islay Session live in your living room with Daimh, Maeve MacKinnon, LB Salter & Jenn Butterworth, and David Foley & Jack Smedley.

A unique opportunity to see some of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians, presented live from Islay.

Your ticket also includes one entry into the unique Fraser Shaw Trust Prize Draw!

Tickets from Eventbrite.
OPPORTUNITIES
CHRISTMAS HARP COLLABORATION 2020

Do you play the harp? Join in the fun with some of the worlds' top harp players! Finish 2020 with something special - sign up now to be involved!

https://www.heatherdownie.co.uk/christmas-harp-collaboration-2020/
BATTLE OF THE FOLK BANDS 2021

Hands Up for Trad are inviting bands to send in a demo to take part in The Battle of the Folk Bands 2021 competition to be held in Glasgow on Saturday 20th February 2021. If you are in a band or have an idea for a band that you haven’t tried out yet this could be for you!

Deadline for entries: 20th Dec 2020
More info and how to apply
here.
JOB OPPORTUNITY:
LECTURER IN FOLK AND TRADITIONAL MUSIC AT NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) at Newcastle University wishes to appoint a 0.6 FTE Lecturer in Folk and Traditional Music to contribute to the teaching and supervision of music at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

£35,845 to £49,553 pro rata
Part-time
Permanent

Application deadline: 30th November 2020
More info and how to apply
here.
BECOME A WAVEMAKER WITH TINY CHANGES

Tiny Changes is a charity helping young minds feel better in Scotland. They're creating a new group of 'Wavemakers' which you might like to be part of.
If you are under 30, live in Scotland, believe mental health matters, and want young people's voices to be heard then fill out the form to become a Wavemaker:

https://tinychanges.com/wavemaker-volunteer/
LIVE WORK FUND - JERWOOD ARTS

This new fund, worth £660k, will support at least 33 exceptional individuals over 12 months with awards of £20,000 to adapt their approach to making and sharing live work.
It is for artists, creatives and producers with no more than ten years’ experience, based anywhere in the UK, whose practice pre-Covid-19 focused and relied on live performance. This includes those with artistic/creative practices based in music, theatre, opera, circus, dance, live art and performance as well as those who work in the gaps between these disciplines.

Deadline: 5pm Monday 16th November 2020
More info and how to apply
here.
RESOURCES
FUARAN - FÈISEAN NAN GÀIDHEAL'S COLLECTION OF GAELIC SONGS

Fuaran is a Gaelic song resource where everyone can get a taste of the richness of Gaelic heritage which is so precious.
Fuaran was established by Fèisean nan Gàidheal to encourage a new generation of Gaelic speakers and singers to actively engage in the research and collection of Gaelic songs in their local area.

Read more and access the songs here.
SCOTLAND ONLINE

Online events in the traditional arts will be with us for some time to come. Keep checking the Scotland Online website - new events are added all the time.

Do you have an online event coming up? Add it to the website using the online form.
https://scotlandonline.org
PODCASTS
THE FOLK MUSIC PODCAST
Landskein, with Lauren MacColl
Lauren hails from The Black Isle in the Scottish Highlands and she is considered one of the country’s most expressive fiddlers.
I had a great time chatting with Lauren, who is a very thoughtful and reflective person, and I enjoyed learning about her creative process. We also spoke about the art of approaching old traditional material, whether it being in written or recorded form.
The Music of Riverdance, with Emma McPhilemy
Emma McPhilemy is the musical director of Riverdance, the wildly popular dance show that started as an interval act during the 1994 Eurovison Song Contest in Dublin. 
In our conversation we spoke about her role as musical director for Riverdance, how this part of the music industry works, the music of the show and many other things.
CLAIRE'S CEILIDH
22/10/2020
10/09/2020

An hour of toe-tapping ceilidh tunes.
Presented by Claire Gullan.
MR THOUMIRE'S FINE TUNES - FOOT STOMPIN' FREE SCOTTISH MUSIC PODCAST
No. 206
With music from Ron Jappy, Gráinne Brady, Talisk, Mairearad Green, John Rae, Mike Katz and Alasdair White, Deirdre Graham, The Shee, Eoghan Ó Ceannabháin & Ultan O’Brien, Tim Edey, Niteworks.
No. 205
With music from Project SMOK, Tide Lines, Ross Miller, Siobhan Miller, Innes Watson, Hamish Napier, Ewen Henderson, Findlay Napier & Gillian Frame & Mike Vass, Ciaran Ryan, Peat & Diesel, Tim Edey, and Brian Ó hEadhra & Fionnag NicChoinnich.
No. 204
With music from Talisk, Inyal, John McCusker, Dowally, Ross Ainslie, Laura-Beth Salter, Chris Gray, Jack Badcock, String Sisters, Rachel Newton, and Niteworks.
No. 203
With music from James Harper, Robyn Stapleton, Jack Badcock, John Dew, Jenny Sturgeon, Norman Mackay, Peatbog Faeries, Tannahill Weavers, Westward The Light, David Foley & Jack Smedley, Gerry Rafferty.
No. 202
With music from Ross Ainslie, Karine Polwart, HEISK, Iona Fyfe, Dan Thorpe, Ciaran Ryan, Maeve Mackinnon, RURA, Maeve Gilchrist, Kris Drever, and Ross Miller.
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