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TMF Newsletter | January 2019
 
FROM THE NETHERBOW
This past while we’ve been publishing a series of blogs (see next item below) on our snazzy new website. Mostly written by musicians (and one sound engineer) who are now in the swing of a career, the blogs give an insight into the working practices and challenges faced by trad musicians today. James Lindsay’s account of Breabach’s most recent Australian tour contrasts the pleasure of travelling through wonderful landscapes to welcoming festivals with the long distances and the financial realities that frame the performances. The joys or otherwise of constant travelling is a feature of several of the pieces. Jenn Butterworth writes of ‘car Tetris’, keeping costs down by carefully packing a mountain of gear into a small car (and then driving to Skye and back in one day). Mohsen Amini measures out his life, not with coffee spoons, but with McDonald’s hamburgers across a bewildering array of countries (180 gigs in one year).
Although coping with the incessant travelling is a challenge, there are other challenges, many the same as anyone else faces, but often thrown into sharper relief by the vagaries of a musical career. Josie Duncan writes dispassionately about her dyscalculia, Findlay Napier and Gillian Frame write movingly about parenthood when both parents are high profile musicians, Ryan Young writes honestly about nerves and self-criticism, a topic also tackled by Sally Simpson as she found herself working with some very big names.
The blogs aren’t all about challenge, however. Although the externalities of a creative life can be hard, it is uplifting to read about the pleasures taken from the work itself. Calum MacCrimmon gives an insight into sources of inspiration, Alistair Ian Paterson of developing the piano as a  ‘voice’ in traditional music. Rachel Hair writes of the joys of immersing herself in old collections and sound archives, as she chooses material for a new album, Scott Wood of building a studio in the attic.
If you haven’t already done so check the blogs out here: perceptive, funny, honest from some of the individual musicians who make traditional music in Scotland today such an interesting place.
 
TMF BLOG: 

BEING AN ADULT/MUSICIAN WITH A LEARNING DIFFICULTY - By Josie Duncan
"Learning disabilities are often associated with children, which is strange as they are rarely something that we grow out of."
Read about how dyscalculia affects Josie's work as a full-time musician. Click here to read now.
 
TMF BLOG:

THE LAST SHIP: FROM SLIP JIGS TO THE SLIPWAY, A FOLKY'S VOYAGE INTO COMMERCIAL TOURING THEATRE - by Sally Simpson

Read all about fiddler Sally Simpson's experience of touring for four months with The Last Ship - a touring musical with songs written by Sting. This blog is very well written, interesting, honest and funny.
"Incidentally, Sting promised he’d buy me a spare fiddle that evening which never materialised, must follow that up…" 
Find out why Sting said he'd buy Sally a spare fiddle - click here to read the whole blog now.
 
DO YOU FANCY WRITING A BLOG FOR THE TRADITIONAL MUSIC FORUM? 
We are loving the blogs that have been coming in and we always welcome more. 
Email Tina: [email protected]
 
NEW MUSIC
JENNA REID - WORKING HANDS
Out now
Available from www.jennareidmusic.com

Jenna’s most accomplished work to date and 5th solo album, ‘Working Hands’.
Featuring predominantly original compositions, Working Hands grew out of lessons Reid took with Robert McFall, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s experienced second violinist and leader of the revered and genre-defying string ensemble Mr McFall’s Chamber.

Jenna will be performing music from the new album at Celtic Connections on 20th January 2019.
 
TANNARA - STRANDS
Releases 1st February 2019
Available for pre-order now from bandcamp

Strands represents a significant development for the Tannara, who spent two years writing and recording the album, with help from some very talented people. 
The album was produced by Tannara's guitarist Owen Sinclair, and accordionist Joseph Peach, with input and guidance from Lau’s Martin Green. They’ve created a whole world around the band’s music; of found sounds and samples, synthesisers, and guest performances from Mattie Foulds on percussion and Josie Duncan on backing vocals.

You can hear music from the new album when Tannara perform at Celtic Connections on 1st February 2019.
 
CHRISTINE KYDD - SHIFT AND CHANGE
Releases 1st February 2019
Available for pre-order now from www.christinekydd.com

Christine Kydd, nominated for Scots Singer Of The Year in the 2018 Scots Trad Music Awards, has a brand new album coming out in February - Shift and Change. This collection includes traditional songs (The Back o’ Reres Hill and Braes o’ Balquhidder), contemporary items by esteemed writers: Alison McMorland (The Rue and Thyme), Michael Marra (Just Another Rolling Stone), Alistair Hulett(Blue Murder) and Violet Jacob / Jim Reid (The Wild Geese and Halloween), plus songs written by Christine herself (This is The News, Comin’ on Strong and Shift and Change).
 
LORI WATSON - YARROW ACOUSTIC SESSIONS
Releases February 2nd 2019
Available from bandcamp.

YARROW ACOUSTIC SESSIONS is the culmination of an evolving digital album – Watson’s first major song work. Growing up in the Scottish Borders, the Yarrow valley beside Selkirk has been an inspiring place for Lori and acknowledging that this unique and atmospheric area has inspired countless artists over the centuries, she has continued her own exploration of the area through song, music, folklore, history and poetry. This album is a thoughtful selection of songs brought together to convey a sense of Yarrow as Lori knows it. The songs are full of strong natural imagery and tales of our own imperfection: living and dying, growing and decaying, loving, betraying, regretting, accepting, and a kind of madness we just can’t shake.
 
MIKE VASS - SAVE HIS CALM
Releases 5th April 2019
www.mikevass.com

Save His Calm is the brand new studio album by multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass. This album is a collection of songs written by Mike and he is joined by many fantastic musicians.
Hear the album performed live with the full band at Celtic Connections on 23rd January.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
12th Jan @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Southside of the Tracks
40 years of traditional music at the Queen's Hall

Tickets here.

31st Jan @ Falkirk Folk Club
The Local Honeys
More info here.

6th Feb @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Jenny Sturgeon Trio (photo above)
Tickets here.

13th Feb @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Tony McManus
Tickets here.

15th Feb @ An Lanntair, Stornoway
Dark Skies - Whatever Gets You Through The Night
Tickets here.

20th Feb @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Tannahill Weavers
Tickets here.

22nd Feb @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Mairi Campbell & The Pendulum Band / Hannah Read
Tickets here.
27th Feb @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Tom McConville & Tony Wilson
Tickets here.

28th Feb @ Tolbooth, Stirling
Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton's Symbiosis (photo above)
Tickets here.

2nd March @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Edinburgh Highland Reel & Strathspey Society - Annual Concert
Tickets here.

4th March @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh
Homecoming 2 - The Return of MacKay's Memoirs
(Martynn Bennett's haunting last piece)

Tickets here.

5th March @ Tolbooth, Stirling
Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker &
John Doyle

Tickets here.

6th March @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Tannara
Tickets here.

13th March @ Edinburgh Folk Club
Malinky
Tickets here.
 

CELTIC CONNECTIONS, 17TH JAN - 3RD FEB 2019, GLASGOW
And like that, Christmas is over in a flash. Don't worry though, Celtic Connections is just around the corner. Two and a half weeks of more music than you can shake a stick at. How fantastic!

Make sure you get your tickets to your favourite shows quick, before they sell out!
Click here to have a look at all the amazing events.

 
MAKE MUSIC DAY UK - 21ST JUNE 2019

Making Music is a lead partner for Make Music Day UK, promoting this international festival on 21 June annually and supporting anyone who wants to take part. They are doing a road trip round the UK to tell more people about Make Music Day and bring everyone together to start planning for June 2019.

They are looking to gather together a range of musicians, music groups, arts organisations, venues, businesses – anyone interested in turning Make Music Day into something huge! There will be an opportunity to hear about Make Music Day and plans for 2019, discuss ways to get involved, network and form partnerships.

Make Music Day 2019 - Local Network Meeting
Scotland – 7 February, 4.00-6.00pm, Glasgow
Click for further details and to register (numbers are limited so advance booking is essential).
 
For more information, visit www.makemusicday.co.uk or contact [email protected]

 
OPPORTUNITIES
THE FRASER SHAW TRUST - GRANTS
As well as supporting Multiple Sclerosis charities, The Fraser Shaw Trust aims to promote the arts and culture of Scotland, encouraging and enabling participation in, and the study of all forms of traditional music. They are now launching a new funding initiative for Scottish musicians - several grant awards for a max of £500 each. 

The fund will support a variety of applicants, such as the purchase of instruments, music studies, enabling participation in concerts/competitions or the composition of new music. Whilst the funding is open to all, the trust is particularly keen to support Ileachs or people with a connection to the island of Islay. 

Applications are now open to all traditional musicians. Both individuals and groups are welcome to apply and the trust looks forward to supporting many musicians and projects in the future. To obtain an application form, or for further information about the funding scheme, please email [email protected].
 
MUSIC SCHOOL OF DOUGLAS ACADEMY
APPLY NOW FOR 2019

Fully funded by the Scottish Government and supported by East Dunbartonshire Council
  • Applications close 28th January 2019
  • Individual weekly lessons, ensembles & small tutorial classes
  • Orchestral & choral experience
  • Generous practice facilitites
  • Residential accomodation
  • Applications from Primary 7 to Secondary 5
  • Broad academic curriculum within a highly successful comprehensive school
For further information or to arrange a visit:
0141 955 2365 | www.douglas.e-dunbarton.sch.uk | [email protected]
 
JOB OPPORTUNITY:
The Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA) is looking for a Development Manager to help the company achieve its objectives of representing and developing the music industry in Scotland.
Location: Glasgow

Application deadline: 18th January 2019
Click here for more info & how to apply.
 
SHOWCASE SCOTLAND EXPO 2019

Showcase Scotland Expo have now opened artist applications for several showcasing opportunities in 2019. To simplify the process the applications for three events are combined into a single form.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE APPLICATION FORM

The events are East Coast Music Association (ECMA), the Visit and English Folk Expo. You’ll find further information about each of them here and guidance notes for applying are included on page 2 of the form itself.
 

The application deadline for all three events is 5pm on Monday 14th January 2019. Please return your forms to [email protected]

 
RESOURCES
THE WOODILEE COLLECTION OF TRADITIONAL MUSIC:

ORIGINAL SCOTTISH & IRISH TUNES 7 AIRS FOR BAGPIPE, UILLEANN PIPES, FIDDLE, BANJO, FLUTE, WHISTLE, ACCORDION & OTHER INSTRUMENTS


Available from www.simonmckerrell.com

This brand new book for 2019 consists of, 7 Airs, Waltzes and Slow Tunes, 18 Jigs, 13 marches, 4 strathspeys, 26 reels, 5 hornpipes all composed by Simon McKerrell since the 1990s. Self-published by Simon, the book is available as paperback via print on demand (the book is only printed when someone buys a copy) on Amazon.
 
PODCASTS
Here are some podcasts you may have missed recently:
IRISH DANCE MUSIC PODCAST
Episode 23
Click here to listen now.

HANDS UP FOR TRAD TV
34
Click here to watch now.

CREATIVE HIGHLANDS PODCAST
Craig Corse - Music Agent
Click here to listen now.

 
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