I recently spoke to piper and academic Simon McKerrell about Scottish traditional music. He is undertaking research entitled Understanding Scotland Musically. He is a Lecturer in Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University where this fellowship is based: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/sacs/music/. His questions are: How is contemporary traditional music used in the construction of identities […]
I just ripped this 1962 album for my dad’s Christmas. It was recorded between 1954 and 1956 and the quality is brilliant. It must be amazing to play in such a swinging band! This was a record that we grew up with in the Thoumire household. On the first track there is a bit where […]
I’m loving fiddler Adam Sutherland’s new album Squall. I’ve watched Adam play as a member of various bands over the year (Peatbog Faeries, Treacherous Orchestra, Scottish Stepdance Company) and I suppose never really heard him properly on his own. Well on this album he sounds fantastic. His fiddle tone is so strong and he leads […]
I was down in Ayr yesterday doing a chat about music and entrepreneurism to the students of the Commercial Music Course at the University of the West of Scotland. It was really interesting to chat to guys and listen to their views on the current scene. There was chat on “do you need to be […]
Just a quick thought. Scottish trad music is in a really good place at the moment. The young musicians are continuing to make great music that is thoughtful and original whilst never forgetting their background! We’re very lucky. Long may it continue.