New Year is here

It is good to be in 2009. We’ve had a Christmas full of colds and it is time to move on. As usual the problem is getting going. Tax is due at the end of the month along with the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award. I’m looking forward to the exciting ‘all male’ final on Sunday 1st February in Glasgow’s City Halls. We’re also putting on sale tickets for the 2009 Scots Trad Music Awards on the 25th January as well as launching our big Hall of Fame project for the year (same date). This is a project where we plan to go into the past and induct musicians who are not living anymore but who made an important contribution to Scottish music. We just need to decide on the exact criteria for induction then we’ll be ready to go. Have a look at the 2008 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

I’m in the process of setting up a Facebook Foot Stompin’ page and sorting out the Foot Stompin’ group that has been around since May. I’ll blog the links next time.

Of course the fabulous and miraculous Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow starts next week (15th January). I’m very happy to have a gig on the 30th January in the Recital Rooms at 6pm with Dave Milligan. Check out Dave’s new CD ‘Shops’ by the way it is fantastic.

Both of the Scots Trad Music Awards 2008 TV programmes were great (Na Trads). The Award programme looked fantastic and I think they really managed to capture the atmosphere of the night while making it look really glitzy. The 2nd programme broadcast on Hogmanay was also really good. I got a chance to play amongst all the winners with Mark Maguire. When deciding who to do it with (Dave Milligan was launching ‘Shops’) I decided on asking Mark as I knew he is a fabulous ceili band snare and woodblock player and it would make an interesting sound!

Anyway must go I hear my youngest Joseph is up.

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