A quick diary piece: Most of the Scots Trad Music Awards are now sponsored. We're looking for sponsors for Venue of the Year and the Hall of Fame. The dates for entering your nominations for the trad awards are between 1 – 19th October 2007. The voting (for the 4 top nominations) will happen from 29th October – 23rd November. Our events are running from the 29th November til the 1st December (Award Ceremony) this year.
We're now looking for events for the St Andrew's Celebrations. This is a umberella project where try to gather as many trad music ceilidhs, gigs etc from around Scotland and market this as one. With this publicity we hope that members of the public will see the event in their area and go a long and take part and love traditional music.
We announced the semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award last week. They are Steven Blake (Pipes), Gillian Fleetwood (Clarsach), David Garner (Fiddle), Adam Holmes (Guitar, song), Amy Lord (Scots song), Lorne MacDougall (Pipes, whistle), James Duncan MacKenzie (Pipes, smallpipes), Iain Angus MacLeod (Accordion), Robert Menzies (Accordion, piano), Ewan Robertson (Guitar, song), Ailie Robertson (Clarsach), Fraya Thomsen (Clarsach). The event weekend runs from the 5th – 7th October 2007 with the concert in Coulter Hall, Coulter, South Lanarkshire on the the 6th October, 7.30pm, tickets £8 (conc £6).
More on all these events at www.handsupfortrad.co.uk
I'm away to Italy at the weekend with Keep It Up. We don't really gig at all nowadays so this will be fun. Even more fun will be remembering the sets! Next week I'm off to Germany with Dave Milligan. We're there for about 10 days. The tour is:
8, Chemnitz, club Arthur
9, Bad Langensalza, church concert
11, Ilmenau, Alte Försterei
12, Schmalkalden, Kunsthaus (art gallery)
13, Hildburghausen, Rathaus
14, Oberotterbach, Musikantebuckl
15, Weilerbach, Bürgerkeller, club Dreschflegel
Fiddle Concerto is coming along. I've moved to the computer and am currently inputing my ideas for moulding…