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TMF Newsletter | September 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
 
Somebody asked me the other day, 'Anything you're looking forward to?'.

A live gig with a pint in my hand. That is all.
TMF BLOG:
BASS À ALBA: SCOTLAND’S FIRST SOLO BASS CREATIVE WORKS – by Jordan Hepburn


Read about the musical journey which has led bass player Jordan Hepburn to create his forthcoming EP: ‘Bass à Alba’ meaning ‘Bass from Scotland’ in Scottish Gaelic.
Click here to read the blog now.
MENTORS IN THE FIRST TMF TRADMENTOR PROGRAMME RECEIVE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE AWARD IN MENTORING
The Traditional Music Forum are delighted to note the success of the mentors in our TradMentor programme, who have now received the Professional Practice Award in Mentoring. TradMentor has just completed its first year, and will be advertising soon for new mentees.

If you would like to know more, please contact the coordinator:
Jo Miller - jo@tracscotland.org
HELP MUSICIANS: DO IT DIFFERENTLY FUND - ROUND 3
Help Musicians has invested in a third round of the Covid-adapted Do It Differently Fund in order to offer musicians a vital package of support to further their creative output, build their business skills and explore ways to maintain their wellbeing during this challenging time.

Do It Differently Fund awardees receive a grant of £3,000 to fulfil their chosen project, as well as bespoke 1-on-1 business guidance with some of the UK music industry’s leading experts, ensuring musicians feel confident in their business plans and able to progress in their careers. The package also prioritises health support by working with British Association For Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) to provide health consultations and online tools for creating healthy practises. Furthermore, Help Musicians also champions the importance of embracing the entrepreneurial aspects of a music career, and as always, each awardee will receive fully subsidised Pro Membership to the Featured Artists Coalition.

Deadline for applications: 14th September 2020
More info and how to apply here.
YOUTH MUSIC INITIATIVE CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
The CPD and Training Fund is funded by the Scottish Government’s Youth Music Initiative through Creative Scotland.

To support individuals, organisations and networks who work outwith school settings to undertake training and continuing professional development that will strengthen youth music in Scotland for the benefit of young people.
We understand that many music freelancers and organisations may be working with young people both in and out of school settings and so will be eligible to apply.

There are grants of £5000 (£750 for individuals) available.

More details and how to apply here.
YOUNG ARTISTS RECEIVE CRUCIAL FUNDING FROM HIGHLAND ARTS COMMUNITY
(Photo above: Chloe Bryce, Tain - one of the recipients of the fund)

New creative fund provides financial support and mentoring to emerging artists at a time when the arts are under threat

Talented young creatives have received a much needed boost from the Highland arts community in a bid to support them with their creative community projects, at a time when the arts world is currently under threat. With projects ranging from a theatre piece about lockdown in the Highlands to a documentary about climate change and a music video showcasing Gaelic and Scots culture, the successful artists will cover a wide spectrum of issues affecting young people throughout the Highlands at the moment.

Highland Youth Arts Hub (HYAH), a consortium of arts organisations led by Fèis Rois, was acutely aware of the potential talent drain within the rich arts community in the Highlands because of the Covid pandemic and came together to launch ‘Creative in Your Community’ last month; a fund to support and inspire young artists with their creative ambitions.

Each recipient will receive £1000 as well as 12 hours’ worth of mentoring from some of Scotland’s top arts professionals including; renowned Gaelic singer, Julie Fowlis, filmmaker Thomas Hogben, performance maker Robbie Synge, award-winning visual artist Joanne B Kaar, theatre maker Jenna Watt and Highland writer, Anne MacLeod.

Read more about the artists and their projects here.
FÈIS ROIS NAMED MOST ENTERPRISING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to the team at Fèis Rois who won 'Most Enterprising Business of the Year' at the Highland Business Women Awards 2020.

The virtual awards ceremony was broadcast live on social media on Thursday 27th August.

Check out the Highland Business Women Facebook page for more info.
SURVEYS
MUSICIANS' UNION: COVID-19 IMPACT SURVEY

The government must do more - help Musicians' Union to make the case. Fill out this new survey as soon as you can. Click here.
HELP MUSICIANS: MUSICIANS' QUESTIONNAIRE SEPTEMBER 2020

Please complete this survey and help Help Musicians better understand how they may support you.
Click here.
NEW MUSIC
ELÍR - MOORLOUGH SHORE
Released 20th July 2020
Available from bandcamp

Moorlough Shore is a traditional song which tells the story of a young man courting a woman who has no interest in him. She tells him she is in love with an Irish soldier, so he tries to convince her that her love might have died or perhaps found another woman. She replies that she would rather wait seven years on the banks of the Moorlough Shore for her Irish soldier than be with him. The song is followed by a tune called 'Wind and Rain' written by guitarist Jean Damei.
AILIE ROBERTSON - IVAN'S
Released 15th August 2020
Available from bandcamp

Ivan's is the brand new single from Ailie Robertson featuring Sean Gray, Mohsen Amini, Alice Allen, Stephen Henderson, Jean Damei.
RURA - LIVE AT THE OLD FRUITMARKET
Releases 11th September 2020
Available for pre-order now from bandcamp

Recorded live at Celtic Connections 2020 in Glasgow, Live at the Old Fruitmarket features special guests, past members and a star-studded string section!
INNES WATSON - SHHH, I'M ON THE PHONE
Releases 1st October 2020
Available from bandcamp

"‘Shhh I’m on the Phone’ was created during lockdown and as such, brought with it production and technical obstacles in recording an album while on Skye. 
Rather than these obstacles blocking his path, Innes, in his own incredibly creative way, made them the path. Recording on his phone an album of wonderfully beautiful music and song that is testament not only to his musicianship but to his heart also. 
Great grooves, fantastic tunes and heartfelt, beautiful songs make up this album, I couldn’t recommend it highly enough." - 
Duncan Chisolm
KRIS DREVER - WHERE THE WORLD IS THIN
Releases 2nd October 2020
Available for pre-order now from Reveal Records

The brand new album from Glasgow-based, Orkney-born musician Kris Drever is available for pre-order now.
ROSS AINSLIE - VANA
Releases end of October 2020

More info coming soon...
RACHEL NEWTON - TO THE AWE
Releases 3rd November 2020
Pre-order from bandcamp and get one track now

The forthcoming album from Rachel Newton was made over May and June during lockdown. To The Awe draws on the poem The Rock of Cader Idris by Felicia Hemans. The poems tells of the Welsh tradition that whoever survives a night spent at the rock will wake with new creative inspirations. 
UPCOMING EVENTS
GLOBAL MUSIC MATCH
31ST AUGUST - 11TH OCTOBER 2020
Global Music Match unites 14 Music Export Programs for a world first!


96 artists from 14 countries are taking part in what could be the largest online matchmaking of musicians ever undertaken.

Created in a world first collaboration between founding partners Sounds Australia, Showcase Scotland Expo and Canada’s East Coast Music Association (ECMA), along with 11 other export organisations and showcase events from around the world, Global Music Match is a pilot initiative created to continue raising the profile of local artists in international music markets within the challenging parameters of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is a unique response to the limitations imposed on the music industry, that makes use of one of the only available platforms – social media and peer-to-peer collaboration – to increase networks and exposure for export-ready artists internationally.

For the pilot edition of Global Music Match, artists are steeped in the acoustic, folk, roots, traditional and world music genres.

Lisa Whytock of Showcase Scotland Expo, one of the founding organisations said: “The idea came about on a zoom call between myself and Millie Millgate of Sounds Australia several months ago. We have since seen it grow to include so many export organisations and all of us have been meeting regularly to develop the initiative. It’s great that we can all still connect through social media and we are really looking forward to seeing how all the artists work together. Most of them will never have met and many never have toured in the other countries, so it really is going to establish new international connections”.

Read more here.
SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR AWARD
LIVE AT THE LONGLIST

17TH SEPTEMBER 2020, 7PM ONLINE


The 2020 Scottish Album of the Year Award Live at the Longlist will be streamed live on YouTube.

Tune into YouTube for a live reveal of the 20 Outstanding Longlisted Albums plus live performances from Kinnaris Quintet and more.
 
TIONAL - VIRTUAL GAELIC MUSIC FESTIVAL
18TH - 20TH SEPTEMBER 2020

TIONAL is Hands Up For Trad's first Gaelic Music Festival which will be broadcast online with support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig’s Covid-19 support fund.

The weekend will encourage speakers and learners to use and celebrate Gaelic language and culture with workshops, cèilidhs and concerts from a host of Gaeldom’s finest, including Norrie McIver, Kathleen MacInnes, Whyte, Ingrid Henderson and Iain MacFarlane, and more.

More info here.
FOLLOW-UP ZOOM TRAINING SESSIONS WITH MAIRI CAMPBELL

In August Mairi Campbell, who has built up extensive experience of delivering events online, led three sessions exploring how you can adapt and develop your teaching practices using Zoom. There will now be a number of follow-up sessions.

These sessions are open to any tutors who want to check in with how their online teaching is going, share experiences and insights.

All sessions take place on Mondays from 2pm - 3.30pm over Zoom:

21st September
19th October
16th November

Click here for the Zoom link to access these sessions.
HANDS UP FOR TRAD STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY TERM TWO
Join the Hands Up For Trad Strathspey and Reel Society for sessions led by fiddler Claire Gullan to play some arrangements of great Scottish and Celtic tunes.

Term two started on the 9th of September and will continue as follows:

23rd September
7th October
21st October
4th November
18th November
2nd December

There are two ticket options which will cover all the costs and pay Claire a wage for all her hard work in making this happen. You can get a term saver ticket which will let you into all the dates above, or you can pay by session.

The tunes will all be available on the Hands Up For Trad website in advance so if you have time you can practise them before the session. Each session will be 45-60 mins long and will be great fun.

More info and tickets here.
HANDS UP FOR TRAD MUSIC CLUB:
SIOBHAN MILLER BAND
Friday 25th September 2020, 8pm


Siobhan Miller and her band perform a live set for Hands Up For Trad Music Club streamed straight to your living room.

This is a live online concert which will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after.

Tickets here.
Festival ticket for both Siobhan Miller Band and Kinnaris here.
HANDS UP FOR TRAD MUSIC CLUB:
KINNARIS QUINTET
Saturday 26th September 2020, 8pm


Winners of the 2019 Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Music - Kinnaris perform a live online gig as part of the Hands Up For Trad Music Club.

This is a live online concert which will be available to watch and buy tickets for 7 days after.

Tickets here.
Festival ticket for both Kinnaris and Siobhan Miller Band here.
FYNE FIDDLES ONLINE
2ND - 4TH OCTOBER 2020

For anyone out there missing being part of a fiddle class and playing as a group, we have found a way to make this possible! Online students join a handful of students in the room with the tutors Amy Geddes & Donald Knox. We have the wonderful Matt Elliot filming and mixing sound, so remote participants get close up shots of the tutor demonstrating, then see and hear the whole class when playing together. 

This course is for intermediate level and up - we have some wonderful music to teach and will be looking at how to use your fingers on the bow to play smoother & faster as well as exploring steps into vibrato.

Full details on our website: https://www.ffbookings.co.uk/workshops

Some quotes from students on our last course in August 2020 :-

“It was amazing to see how the online students were included in the class - it worked so well!” (Ardkinglas participant)

“What was significantly different about the weekend at Ardkinglas was the fact that you were joining on with a group of people and there was a sense of joining in. Also it was useful to hear the feedback from the tutor to the group and vice-versa - so it was way more engaging.” (Online participant)
TINTO AUTUMN SCHOOL ONLINE
9TH - 11TH OCTOBER 2020
A weekend of online classes and events in traditional music for participants aged 11-18.

Tinto Autumn School will be offering classes online in song/songwriting with the fantastic Josie Duncan, and fiddle/mixed instruments with the amazing Innes Watson. There will also be some evening entertainment in true Tinto style.

More info and booking on Eventbrite.
GLASGOW SCHOOL OF FOLK: ONLINE 2
5TH & 6TH DECEMBER 2020

A winter, online Glasgow School of Folk is coming this December. Get the dates in your diary now and check the Glasgow School of Folk Facebook page for more details and updates of when tickets are released.
OPPORTUNITIES
SOLAS FESTIVAL - OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN PERTH & KINROSS

Solas Festival wants to get to know young artists, activists, producers and creatives in Perth and Kinross.
They are looking to help you create events incorporating music, visual art, spoken word, talks and theatre

Proposals are welcomed on a rolling basis until 30th September 2020.
More info and how to submit a proposal here.
THE NATIONAL PIPING CENTRE
ONE-TO-ONE PIPING LESSONS


The National Piping Centre is taking bookings for one to one piping lessons. These lessons are available from 9am - 5pm during the day, and now they have introduced evening slots from 5pm - 10pm to accommodate more people.
More info and booking here
COMMISSION OPPORTUNITY

An Lanntair is offering a commission for a musician to produce a soundtrack to accompany some video dance pieces produced by young people.

Fee: £400
Deadline: 25th September 2020
More info here
BANDCAMP FRIDAYS
On the first Friday of each month Bandcamp are waiving their fees so that 100% of the revenue goes to the artist. This is your opportunity to support musicians. Buy their music and merch from Bandcamp on these dates:
2nd Oct, 6th Nov, 4th Dec
RESOURCES
CEÒL NAM FÈIS
First released in 1996 this collection of tunes and songs from the Scottish Gaelic tradition is now available as a digital download from Apple Books.

It is now enhanced with selectable sound files of each song or tune, Gaelic and English titles, translations of Gaelic lyrics and bagpipe settings of some of the tunes. The sound files feature some of Scotland's finest musicians and Gaelic singers including Dougie Pincock, Iain MacFarlane, Ingrid Henderson, Mairearad Green, Mary Ann Kennedy, Rachel Walker and Robert Robertson.

https://books.apple.com/gb/book/ceòl-nam-fèis/id1528192638
SCOTLAND ONLINE
Livestream events featuring Scotland's thriving traditional arts


The Scotland Online website is updated regularly. Keep checking to make sure to not miss an event!
https://scotlandonline.org

If you have an online event coming up submit it using the form now.
PODCASTS
FOLK ON FOOT
Bonus Episode: Folk On Foot Festival 3: TOGETHER AGAIN: Highlights
Another extraordinary Bank Holiday Monday virtual Festival from Folk on Foot, this time re-uniting musicians who couldn’t play together during the lockdown.

 
SCOTTISH MUSIC CENTRE PODCAST
In Tune with Fiona Dalgetty (Fèis Rois)
Tune In to hear from Fiona Dalgetty as she talks about her introduction into music and how she moved into working with Feis Rois to bring her love of music to teaching young people about traditional Scottish music.
In Tune with Findlay Napier
Tune In to hear from Findlay Napier as he talks about his early days as a musician from Grantown On Spey and his move down to Glasgow to attend the RSAMD to study. He discusses his experience as a songwriter and touring musician and the many music projects he's involved in.
In Tune with David Culbert (Help Musicians)
Tune in to hear from David Culbert, who speaks openly about his early days as a musician, playing in bands, running a studio in the city centre, and now in his role with Help Musicians Scotland.
MR THOUMIRE'S FINE TUNES - FOOT STOMPIN' FREE SCOTTISH MUSIC PODCAST
No.197
We’re back with the 197th Foot Stompin’ Podcast! Featuring new and old Scottish music from Malinky, Rachel Newton and our Hands Up for Trad single of the week from Dave Milligan.
No. 196
It’s great to be back with the Foot Stompin’ Podcast! Here’s another great set of musicians playing fab music including Gary Innes, Mike Vass, Malinky, Daimh and many more!
No. 195
Simon is back with yet more fabulous Scottish trad music. This weeks Hands Up for Trad single of the week is Ailie Robertson’s IVAN’s.
No. 194
Join Simon and Hands Up for Trad for the latest Foot Stompin’ Podcast. Loads of great music including our single of the week from Rachel Newton – To The Awe. If you enjoy these podcasts please support our Patreon on www.patreon.com/handsupfortrad.
KNOCKENGORROCH PODCAST
Knockengorroch Festival Trailer
Knockengorroch has been a quieter place this year and has given us a chance to reflect and plan as well as rest the land. Katch Holmes brings you a selection of interviews, music and chat with artists and regular characters about the festival, remembering some of the good times and looking forward to more to come!
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