Been very busy the past couple of weeks – some brilliant sessions and gigs!
First off, the Aberdeen Folk Showcase at Exodus was a lovely afternoon full of local talent such as Bob Knight!
Pipes in the Park was a rainy albeit brilliant day last Saturday in Huntly, mass pipe bands, North Sea Gas and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers! Aurora Choir got a slot on the main stage which was brilliant to sing at… But the next day, I had to be in Glasgow for the screening of “Where You’re Meant to Me” – a musical road trip featuring Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap), James Graham (The Twilight Sad) Jenny Reeve (Body Parts) along with other singers and musicians! Held at the Barrowlands and screened some scenes from the film, sung a song! But had to dash home from Glasgow to get back to Huntly!
Kirriemuir Festival was a big highlight- one of the last TMSA festivals of the year, a splendid display of talent at the competitions and even managed to gain a first in… Diddling, a second in Doric and a second at whistle! 2 disciplines in which I’ve never done before- so that was a real surprise!
It just goes to show, there is no end to what you can learn!
resting up today after a lovely day in Glasgow yesterday guesting on Alan Grants show on Celtic Music Radio from 6-8. Unfortunately Alan had to travel south so fortunately Paul McCluskey stepped in and presented! Had a speak about influences, why we should keep traditional music alive, and some lovely wee stories behind the songs I sung! The show can be found on catchup for 30 days on Alan Grants profile show at http://www.celticmusicradio.net
Positive mood this morning! Had such an amazing half a year and can’t believe half of 2014 has went, from all the fab fests and weekends, and charity events and even a wee shot at the barrowlands and playing at the RNCM, had been absolutely amazing! Another half year full of fun ahead starting with Friday the 18th of July where I will be on Alan Grant’s fab show on Celtic MusicRadio on 95fm (Glasgow area- I believe) and on Celticmusicradio online to everyone worldwide! And lots of fun and games at Kirrie and the Perthshire Amber later on in the year!
Had a wonderful night up at Garlogie for TMSA Aberdeen Branch’s open evening of June!
The brilliant Denis Shepherd, Natalie Chalmers, Joe Aitken, Jim Taylor, Kate Taylor and Geordie Muirison all gave performances.
Organised by Shirley Watt and the Aberdeen branch of the TMSA.
Allan Taylor finished off the evening with a good chorus song – My Big Kilmarnock Bonnet!
2014 has been a brilliant year so far, winning overall senior singer at Aberdeen TMSA, the Grieg Duncan Competition at Portsoy and Best Female and Best Local Singer at Keith along with some brilliant weekends full of music! I’d just like to acknowledge that if it weren’t for all the organisers that are prudent in the festivals running, we wouldn’t have these festivals! And so these organisers are equally if not more important than the competitors and truly are helping keep tradition alive!
Speaking of tradition. In April I was given the brilliant opportunity alongside Joe Aitken and Geordie Muirison – bothy ballad kings, to go to Glasgow and to perform at the Barrowlands to support Aidan Moffat as part of his “Where You’re Meant to Be” tour! The night went brilliantly and it was an experience I will never forget!