End of term concert

28 Mar 2010
SC&T @ The Lemon Tree 2008-06-23 SC&T programme from Saturday 21st June 2008.

The programme on Saturday 21st June was as follows.

  • Clarsach to ease you into lunchtime with Anne and Lu
  • Janine, Nicky and Indie. 2008 winners of the TMSA Aberdeen Freestyle singing competition
  • The Forsyths - 2008 winners of the 'Scottish Chamber Under 15' group at the Aberdeen Music Festival.
  • Janice Clark and singing friends
  • Kenny Hadden's flute ensemble
  • Pete MacCallum with guitar and song
  • Small pipes from SC&T
  • Jani Lang and Martin MacDonald - fiddle and guitar
  • Helen Lynch and friends
  • Sandy Tweddle leads us out on fiddle.

Flute players at the lemon tree

SC&T at the International Fun Day! 2011-05-31

SC&T at International Fun Day

Sunday 29th May

Despite the wind, the SC&T stall stayed upright and our flyers were distributed by hand rather than all over the field - it was even, mostly, sunny! Huge thanks to Helen Lynch and Dave Lorimer, who did a stalwart job manning the stall all day, and to the other SC&T musicians who kindly showed up so we had a scratch band on the go all afternoon.

The highlight of the day was when all the bhangra dancers visited the stall in their full regalia - dancing a Flying Scotsman and drawing the biggest crowd of the day! 

The organisers were very impressed that we managed continuous live music on the stall, and kept ‘bhanging’ on (sorry) about how the bhangra ceilidh was just what the day was about - we are now definitely booked to do a re-run of the McBhangra extravaganza onstage next year!

SC&T's Banchory Birl 2008-06-14 Saturday 14th June in the marquee in the Bellfield Park, Banchory

Learning step dance

Saturday 14th June in the marquee in the Bellfield Park, Banchory.

Tutors gave people of all ages an introduction to scots song, whistle, fiddle, step dance and bodhran on a rainy day in Banchory.

With an audience swelled by ferrets and their owners sheltering from the rain, the bodhran players played on.

Our thanks go to the Banchory Birl committee for their support.

SC&T at See Salt and Sound 2008-09-21 Dance (and Song) around the Beach Ballroom.

SC&T worked with the See, Salt & Sound  Festival to bring several events during the festival.

dancing at the ceilidhFestival Ceilidh
The Rolling Stovies ("possibly the oldest ceilidh band with over 100 years of experience") played for an enthusiastic crowd of dancers on the fabulous dance floor of the Beach Ballroom on Saturday 20th September.

Jani Lang and dancersDance Deli
During the day, 6 workshop sessions were held in the ballroom -  Scottish, Beligian and Rumanian dances all featured - and two Rumanian dances were then demonstrated during the evening ceildih.

Dance  Deli was run by SC&T in partnership with Aurora (Aurora Scottish Dance and Music) and the Aberdeen Branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and independent tutors: Lorna McLaren, Helen Lynch and Melanie Torrance.

Earlier in the week, on the Thursday evening, SC&T led a group"Singing Songs of the Sea" in the Northern Lights room.

NEW SC&T t-shirts available! 2008-09-29 Get your new SC&T t-shirts now!

The all new SC&T t-shirts are now available! Featuring the new SC&T logo on the front and our popular 'foot tapping folk!' text on the back, the t-shirts are available in black, grey or white, in sizes from small to extra large. The unisex t-shirt is priced at £10.

And, by popular demand, we've included a fitted ladies tee, in the same three colours and sizes, priced at £12.

Look out for pictures coming soon!

If you would like to purchase one of the new t-shirts, please contact the office in the first instance.

125 years of the Duthie Park 2008-09-14 Victorian Playground games 125 years on.

Victorian Playground games

Playground games in the Duthie Park. Sept 2008On a sunny Sunday, SC&T led a session of Victorian playground games outside the Winter Gardens at the Duthie Park.

While skipping and bools (marbles) were both very popular, the stars of the show were the experts (dad and son) in the spinning top - set spinning and kept spinning by the skillful use of a whip.

SC&T teams or individual tutors are available to lead sessions in schools or out of school activities both in playground games, but also in relating songs and stories to our history, culture and traditions.

Contact the SC&T office:-

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Scots Handsel at Tarves 2008-10-05 4 October saw SC&T singers perform as part of the Scots Hansel concert party at Tarves

Three SC&T singers at the Tarves Scots Handsel concert October 2008As "The Yarlin's", three SC&T singers (pictured) performed as part of the the Scots Hansel Traditional Concert Party organised by Fiona-Jane Brown at Tarves' Melvin Hall on 4 October 2008.

In a well filled hall, other weel kent faces from SC&T were in evidence with Maggie and Dick Trickey and Youse Dancing (including SC&T tutors Pat Ballantyne and Ali Leith) taking part in the party.

SC&T Workshop Series begins! 2008-10-20 Our lively workshop programme kicks this month!

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Do something different this weekend!

There are still spaces left for the Series No. 2 fiddle & guitar workshops on Saturday 15th November. The workshops are a great opportunity to learn something different in a small group environment. There's also a performance/session opportunity at the end of the day in the pub over the road for all tutors and participants, which should be fun!

Please note the Banjo/Mandolin workshop is now fully booked.

World Fiddle

This week sees SC&T's own Laura Lockyer take the World Fiddle workshop - teaching some pretty amazing tunes she has picked up on her travels (including American, Shetland, Scandinavian and Canadian tunes). £40 / £35 Friend of SC&T

Flatpicking Guitar

Previous SC&T tutor, John Carnie, leads this week's guitar workshop - playing traditional tunes in the flatpicking style. John has just released a flatpicking guitar cd which is enjoying considerable radio play and good reviews: "The cd is a box of delights... very fine playing" BBC Radio Scotland
£40 / £35 Friend of SC&T

Banjo / Mandolin (FULLY BOOKED)

Tim Jones (previous SC&T tutor) and Kevin MacLeod (The Occasionals) lead a workshop which will concentrate on conveying a sense of enthusiasm and enjoyment in playing, bringing out features in playing style that capture the spirit of the tune. Style as opposed to speed! Tim is a member of local ceilidh band Jingbang, Kevin has played with The Occasionals since 1986, is a master of mandolin, bouzouki, tenor guitar & banjo, and has recorded acclaimed albums with the likes of Kris Drever and Shooglenifty.  £45 / £40 Friend of SC&T

Workshops are held at Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen. After workshop session (optional) at Dizzy's. Prior booking is essential. Please contact the office to book your place.

November Newsletter 2008-11-02 SC&T November newsletter out now

The November issue of the SC&T newsletter will be hitting the classes this week. If you'd like to be one of the first to find out what exciting events are coming up this month (and into 2009), click here to download the pdf version.

Spring Sing 2009 2008-11-07 Booking now open for Spring Sing 2009.

The 2009 Spring Sing will be held on Saturday 14th February at Rubislaw Church Hall. The booking form is now available and should be returned as soon as possible to the SC&T office.

Tutor – Tom Spiers

North East Scottish Traditional Ballad Singing

The North East of Scotland is renowned for the wealth and diversity of its songs and ballads, which owe much to the oral traditions of the Farming and Travelling communities.

At this workshop Tom will share some of his wide repertoire of traditional ballads and will show you how to keep this diversity going by drawing on Source-Singer recordings and printed collections. You will learn how to reconstruct / modify songs and ballads without destroying their meaning or traditional feel.

The cost for the day is £25 (or £20 for Friends of SC&T)


Please enrol early!    (maximum 25 singers)

SC&T AGM to be adjourned 2008-11-10 AGM on 13th November is to be adjourned

The SC&T AGM scheduled for Thursday 13th November (in Queens Cross Church) will be adjourned until next week in the SC&T office. This is due to the late arrival of the final accounts. If any Friend of SC&T or class participant would like to attend the adjourned meeting, they should contact the SC&T office - office @ scottishculture.org.

Participant Survey 2009 2009-11-12 Fill in the SC&T participant survey online

It's that time of year again! Our annual participant survey will be hitting the classes next week in print, but is also available online now. The information we get from the survey helps us improve our provision and is invaluable for securing further funding, so please let us know what you think. Follow the link below to complete the survey.

SC&T PARTICIPANT SURVEY 2009

SC&T on myspace! 2008-11-17 Now you can visit us on myspace.com too 'friendly & fun' workshop series draws to a close 2008-11-20 The first series of SC&T workshops finish to rave reviews!

The first series of SC&T workshops came to a close last weekend with packed session at Dizzy's (pictured). The workshops, in fiddle, guitar, flute and banjo/mandolin, drew plenty of folk from SC&T (and some new faces!), who signed up for a day's tuition followed by a session in the pub over the road. In particular, Banjo/Mandolin with Kevin MacLeod (The Occasionals) and previous SC&T tutor, Tim Jones, proved a big draw and was fully booked in advance. The session lasted well beyond the allotted two hours (special thanks to the kind souls at Dizzy's for not kicking us out at six!).

Lots of positive feedback received from those who attended - roll on the next series of workshops in 2009!!! Watch this space for details of some special guest tutors, including our very own patron, Phil Cunningham!

Just some of the comments:

"friendly and fun"

"lots of technical tips"

"enjoyed playing as a group"

"the emphasis on how to play rather than just playing tunes"

"[great] opportunity to try a variety of instruments"

"lots of new tunes!"

"friendly atmosphere with no pressure!"

End of Term concert Dec 2008 2008-12-08 A grand stramash rounded off the end of term concert December 2008

A grand stramash rounded off the end of term concert December 2008. With over 20 classes performing, it was a feast of music dance and song. Some audio and video selections will also be on the SC&T myspace page soon.

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Unclaimed raffle prizes: Tickets. white 437; peach 70 & 214; pink 761 & 765. Please contact the office before Christmas if you want to claim. Unclaimed prizes will be used at the Hogmanay party.

Found: silver pin earnings - one stone missing. Please contact the office if you lost them.

Celebrating St Andrews Day 2008 2008-11-30 SC&T ran taster events for children on 29th and 30th November 2008 in Union Terrace Gardens

SC&T ran taster events for children on 29th and 30th November 2008 in Union Terrace Gardens. Young Bodhran learners

Each day approximately 30 children from 4 to 11 had the chance to learn scottish tunes on the whistle, bodhran, to sing and to dance.

Each day finished with an Orkney Strip the Willow with all the children participating.

A great way to celebrate our national day. 

Common Tunes for this term 2009-02-26 The list of common tunes (and a song) for the January-March 2009 term has now been agreed.
Following the success of the common tunes at the December concert, a new set of tunes have been set for the term.

The common tunes for the January to March 2009 term  are:

Waltz: Margaret's Waltz (Key A)
Reel: Fairy Dance
Jig: Cock o the North.  (Key A)

The common song is "Freedom Come All Ye"  (melody derived from the tune: Bloody Fields of Flanders).

Copies are available at Harlaw.
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Happy New 2009 2009-01-01 Best wishes for the new year

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year with lots of music, dance and song.

celbration champagne bottleSC&T members and their families and Aberdeen Boat Club members saw in the new year in style on the banks of the Dee.  Photos are promised!

A big thanks to everyone who participated, with particular thanks to the singers (especially the mother and daughter duo - Janice and Ellen) and to Dick (especially for calling some dances) and Maggie Trickey - but to all the dancers and those children (of all ages) who took part in the games.

There were a few items left behind at the buffet (a baking tray, a white plate and a large clear container with lid). If anyone wants to claim them please contact the SC&T office - we can arrange for them to go to Harlaw Academy for pick up when the classes start.

Participants Survey 2008 2009-01-19 Summary of the survey in November 2008

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to the participants' survey which was conducted at the end of the autumn term.

  • You received enough information before the start of the class (93%)
  • You were made welcome at the start of the class (98.9%)
  • 90% were happy or very happy with the course content
  • 93% were happy or very happy with the quality of tuition
  • The majority were happy or very happy with the accommodation (69%), overall learning experience (87%), fun, socialising and enjoyment (87%) and value for money (86%).

You also gave us many useful comments on how to be even better and about future classes and workshops we can run.

You also said:

What a great way to learn new tunes and meet like minded people!
SC&T does an amazing job. I have found a really great community for indulging my passion for Scottish traditional music – thanks.

 

Many thanks for hours of endless fun
Keep up the good work!
It's a great institution - keep it going!!  I did not think I would ever be able to learn fiddle whilst coming from a no-experience background - have loved it! 
I have enjoyed all the singing classes I've attended at SC&T. I think SC&T is a superb teaching and social institution, through which I have met many friends and been introduced to the pleasures of Scottish song and culture.

Many, many thanks for all your comments - and for your enthusiasm every week.

Where we come from 2009-01-19 Participants location and background

Where participants live and work

The results of the participants' survey confirm the numbers who travel distances within Aberdeen and from beyond Aberdeen to attend the classes.

We also have a large percentage of participants whose cultural background is beyond Scotland and many also from beyond the UK.

Burns at the Belmont on Thursday 2009-01-20 Burns Night Open Mic at the Belmont Cinema

Burns at the Belmont’ -  Burns Night Open Mic on Thursday 22 January 2009 8 to 10 pm

The final programme (subject to change on the night)  is:

Danse McCabre

Catriona Smith (Song)           

Kirsten & Alastair Forsyth     

Kathleen Robertson   

Dick & Maggie Trickey         

Janice Clark’s Singers            

Douglas Bruce (Tam O’Shanter)       

SC&T tutors  

NE Fiddle Workshop, Series No 3 2009-01-21 Series No. 3 workshop will be a North East Fiddle workshop with Paul Anderson, Saturday 7th March.

Do something different

Series No. 3 workshop will be a North East Fiddle workshop with Paul Anderson on Saturday 7th March.

Paul Anderson is already considered something of a legend in the time honoured tradition of Scottish fiddle music.  He can trace his teaching lineage directly to Niel Gow, “The Father of Scottish Fiddle Music”.
A regular on Scottish television and radio, Paul has toured extensively and has recorded seven solo albums. Paul has tutored for SC&T in the past and his classes are invariably fully booked - sign up early to avoid disappointment!

Hear Paul play here  www.myspace.com/paulandersontarland

The workshop is a great opportunity to learn something different in a small group environment. There's also a performance/session opportunity at the end of the day in the pub over the road for all tutors and participants, which should be fun!

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North East Fiddle

SOME PLACES STILL AVAILABLE

This workshop for intermediate/advanced fiddle players will look at the techniques and effects which are essential when playing tunes in the traditional fiddle styles of Scotland and the North East, particularly strathspeys. Points covered will include bowing, phrasing, ornamentation, tempo and character. £40 / £35 Friend of SC&T

Workshops are held at Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen. After workshop session (optional) at Dizzy's. Prior booking is essential. Please contact the office to book your place or download the booking form.

Harlaw Centre 'thank you' 2009-01-27 A group from SC&T gave a short concert at the Harlaw Centre Burns lunch on 26th January 2009.

Members of the Harlaw Centre Inverurie stuffed the SC&T envelopes in August, saving lots of valuable time in the office! To say thank you, a group from SC&T gave a short concert at the Harlaw Centre Burns lunch on 26th January 2009.

Clarsach Workshop with Catriona McKay 2009-01-28 Workshop dates announced

It's been touch and go, but we are thrilled to announce we have secured the services of Catriona McKay for our clarsach workshop once again!

The workshop will take place on 28 February and 1 March 2009 and is sure to book up fast.

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The workshop
£30.00 / £25.00 Friends & u16s

Sat 28 Feb, afternoon/evening workshop (max 20 places): beginning/intermediate players*
Sun 1 Mar, morning/afternoon workshop (max 20 places): intermediate/advanced players*

*players of any level can attend on each day (for example, teachers who would like to learn new tunes to teach)

Click here to download the booking form or contact the office or Lu McClintock for more details.

"Superb harpist Catriona McKay might be informed by the folk tradition of her native Scotland, but her music moves far, far beyond that.The designer of the new Starfish McKay harp, she's a real virtuoso who freely and readily crosses musical boundaries. Catriona is an accomplished composer and arranger with an ear not only for a strong melody but also how to develop it"

TMSA Aberdeen 2009 Competitions 2009-02-11 The TMSA Aberdeen Branch 2009 competitions will be held on 21 March.

Competitors from the SC&T community were in evidence among the prize-winners at the 2008 competitions, so come along and enter the competitions, or come along as a supportive audience.

Copies of the entry forms are available for download below.

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Invite Entries to their Annual

                                                             TRADITIONAL COMPETITIONS DAY

To be held on Saturday, 21st March, 2009. 


Boys Brigade Headquarters, Crimon Place,   Aberdeen,   AB10 1RX

COMPETITIONS WILL INCLUDE
FIDDLE                                  Junior, Intermediate & Senior
ACCORDION                        Junior & Senior
SCOTS VERSE                      Junior & Senior
BOTHY BALLADS               Junior, Female & Male 
TRADITIONAL SINGING  Junior, Female & Male
SEA SHANTY OR WORK SONG Female & Male
MELODEON,    TIN WHISTLE,    DIDDLING,
MOOTHIE,    INSTRUMENTAL GROUPS
FREESTYLE, TRADITIONAL SINGING
SONG WRITING & TUNE WRITING

Entry Forms are available by downloading below or by telephoning:
(01224) 701526,   or email: jean@ roseacre.eclipse.co.uk

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Open Mic Night, 26th Feb 2009-02-16 Our next open mic night will take place on 26 February

At the Belmont Cinema Cafe Bar, Aberdeen; 8:00pm - 10:00pm

A fun, safe, friendly environment to hone your performance skills and experience playing for an audience AND a chance to see some of your favourite SC&T tutors perform live!

Judging by the acts signed up so far, it promises to be another great night of music. The stramash at the end of our January open mic night was great fun - come along this month and join in, or stay for a tune or two afterwards.

We have the opportunity to make the open mic nights a regular monthly fixture once again - but we need to know the demand is there to make that happen, so if you would like to perform, pick up an application form at Harlaw or contact the SC&T office.

Special Slow Sessions 2009-02-21 Sepcial slow sessions 2nd and 9th March 2009

Special slow sessions

To practice the SC&T common tunes

Monday 2nd and Monday 9th March
7 to 9 pm in the session room

Come along with music for another simple tune of your choosing in case we get bored of practicing the SC&T tunes!

SC&T whistle tutor Helen Lynch launches book at WORD 2009-03-03 SC&T whistle tutor Helen Lynch launches book at WORD

Whistle Tutor Helen Lynch will be appearing at the WORD Festival in May to mark the publication of her short story collection, The Elephant and the Polish Question.

The book launch is at 4.30pm on SATURDAY 16th MAY in the Multimedia Room in the King's Conference Centre at the University. Anyone who is interested is welcome to come along. Entry is free, but to reserve a ticket visit www.abdn.ac.uk/word and go to bookings, or book through Aberdeen Box Office or on 01224 641122 (tickets will be available from 18th March).

WORD Festival Ceilidh (listed in programme as The WORD Finale) Sunday 17th May 7.30 - 11.30pm in Elphinstone Hall ( aka The Word Cafe) with all-girl ceilidh band Danse McCabre. Tickets £5 (concessions £3) available from www.abdn.ac.uk/word/tickets 

or Aberdeen Box Office www.boxofficeaberdeen.org tel. 01224 641122. Book ahead - WORD events tend to sell out quickly. Catriona 'inspires' at clarsach workshop 2009-03-04

The annual SC&T clarsach workshop took place over the weekend of 28 February & 01 March.

Led by Catriona McKay, once again, from the workshop itself to chat at coffee breaks, it was obvious that she is an inspiring teacher. Her enthusiasm for music in general, and clarsach playing in particular, was utterly contagious!

In addition to local players, participants attended from as far afield as Edinburgh, Elgin and Glasgow, demonstrating Catriona's popularity both as a performer and a teacher.

Those who missed the workshop can catch Catriona performing at the Lemon Tree on Wednesday 11 March.

Workshop pics will be uploaded shortly.

Download our latest newsletter 2011-02-23 The latest SC&T newsletter is now available for download

The February 2011 issue of our newsletter is now available for download! It's bursting with the latest news, reviews, a full event calendar and much more.... Click here to view or download the pdf file.

SC&T Session tunes practice 2009-03-10 9 and 16 March sessions

A keen group of 8 musicians gathered on 9th March to practice the session tunes. Another practice happened on Monday 16th March in the session room at Harlaw.

In addition to the 3 session tunes and the tune for the Session Song, we started on Calum's Road, tried Skye Boat Song by ear (G) and then tried the Islay Rant - click here to play a sample.

New Tarland Folk Club 2009-03-18 New folk club in Tarland.

A new folk club has started up in Tarland.

Held on the last Friday of every month in the Aberdeen Arms, Tarland, there is an open mic spot for the first 40 mins then a guest of the month does a turn in each half.

This months band is FISHKIN, a new band consisting of SC&T's own Fiddle 3 tutor, Laura Lockyer, with Davie Cattanach and Simon Gall.

Entry is £5 and, judging by the first club, it is best to arrive early as they ran out of seats!

WORD Festival Ceilidh 2009-03-23

WORD Festival Ceilidh (listed in programme as The WORD Finale) Sunday 17th May 7.30 - 11.30pm in Elphinstone Hall (aka The Word Cafe) with all-girl ceilidh band Danse McCabre. Tickets £5 (concessions £3) available from www.abdn.ac.uk/word/tickets or Aberdeen Box Office www.boxofficeaberdeen.org tel. 01224 641122. Book ahead - WORD events tend to sell out quickly.

Summer in style with a SC&T t-shirt! 2009-03-31 Summer in style with a SC&T t-shirt!

Our new SC&T t-shirts are still available in black, grey or white and come in unisex sizes S to XL and, by popular request, NEW ladies fitted t-shirts in the same sizes and colours. The t-shirts feature the SC&T logo on the front and our popular 'bodhran thumping...' text on the back.

The unisex t-shirts are priced at £10.00, fitted t-shirts are £12.00. Contact the office for details of how to order.

Show your support for SC&T at the following summer events... with the added benefit of looking rather stylish!

The SC&T Saturday lunchtimes at the Lemon Tree (or SC&Turday Live, if you will) continue into the summer. You can keep up to date with who is playing when in the events calendar.

Meanwhile, we are busy organising SC&T events throughout the city and Aberdeenshire, and beyond. We'll be at Banchory for the Banchory Birl, Aberdeen Highland Games, partnering the Splore (as part of AIYF), at Tartan Day and the Aberdeen SITC Festival in September. We are also working in partnership with Living Traditions to bring you week long summer schools in traditional music in Dundee.

For more information on any of the above events check the website. Roll on summer!

For international postage costs for t-shirts, please email the office.
This week at the Lemon Tree 2009-04-27 This week at the Lemon Tree

This week's Lemon Tree performance is by SC&T moothie tutor, Dave Lorimer. From an early age Dave has had a keen interest in Scottish songs and tunes and learned to play moothie and guitar while at school. He currently plays in the folk music trio 'Bits n' Bobs' and can regularly be found playing moothie, guitar or bodhran and singing along with other session players.

Saturday's performance promises to be a real treat, hope to see lots of SC&T faces there!

12.30-1.30pm - musical performance by Dave Lorimer

1.30 – 3.00pm – music session in the Lemon Tree café - bring an instrument and join in!

Lunch is served from 12.00pm.

Free entry

Series 4: Accordion & Shetland Tunes for Whistle Workshops 2009-05-04

Accordion

with Graham Geddes, 6th June

age 14+; Level 0/1 (am); Level 2/3 (pm); £20 half day / £40 full day (£35/£17.50 Friend of SC&T)

Graham has been playing the accordion for over 30 years and formed his own Scottish dance band in 1976.  The band have become well known, playing regularly on Grampian TV and Radio Scotland, and have visited Cairo, Dubai, Bogota and Norway and Bangkok.
New for 2009, Graham has been involved in the design of a new accordion.  The Manfrini Esperto will be launched in the UK this year.
The new accordion is being hand assembled in Camerano, Italy by Robert Rolston and will feature at the SC&T workshop.

the workshops
The morning workshop is aimed at beginning & intermediate players. An advanced workshop will be held in the afternoon for players with more experience.

Shetland tunes for whistle

with Kenny Hadden, 6th June

age 14+; £40 / £35 Friend of SC&T

Kenny Hadden began playing the whistle in the early 1970s. His 2 main influences have been the whistle players of Ireland, and the repertoire of the Highland bagpipes. He is well known for playing in folk clubs, festivals and particularly in sessions throughout Scotland. He was one of the first 4 tutors in "SC&T" and has probably taught close on 100 students to play traditional Scottish music on both whistle and flute, at beginner, intermediate and advanced level since the organisation started in 1997.

the workshop
Many old Shetland fiddle tunes are very well suited to whistle and flute. This workshop will teach a selection of these ‘common session tunes’ and perhaps one or two more obscure tunes too!
Any suggestions or requests for tunes to learn are welcome - contact Kenny in advance via the SC&T office. Sheet music and recording of tunes will be available to all participants.  A whistle in the key of "D" will be required for this workshop.

* There are two Accordion workshops. Morning sessions 1 & 2 are aimed at level 0/1; Afternoon sessions 1 & 2 are aimed at level 2/3.  The fee is £20 for a morning or afternoon session, £40 to attend all day.
The whistle workshop is an all day workshop.

useful information
The workshop will take place at Torry St Fitticks Parish Church.
Tea or coffee is provided. Participants should make their own lunch arrangements. There are several food outlets nearby.
Walker Road Torry St. Fittick's Church, Aberdeen, AB11 8DL.
Tel: 01224 899183

Download a booking form or contact the office for more details and a booking form.

WORD 09 2009-05-06 WORD 09 festival next week

The WORD 09 festival kicks off next week and there are a few events on the Word programme that will be of interest to SC&T folk.

Scottish writing and culture at Word 09

The Word festival programme is bursting with a mix of over 60 authors and 130 events, activities and exhibitions, and with 2009 Year of Homecoming, we’re particularly excited about the fantastic strand of events and activities highlighting Scottish writing and culture.

In the year of Homecoming 2009, we have a variety of events showcasing what Scots have brought to the world.  Events will feature poetry, songs and stories in English, Gaelic and Scots – including Doric, as well as an event to tie in with Homecoming Whisky Month in May giving you a sneak preview of Charles MacLean’s Whiskypedia.

 

A few highlights of the programme:

 

Friday 15 May

  • The Linklater Lecture: Maggie Fergusson on George Mackay Brown

  • An Claigeann aig Damien Hirst – the launch of an exciting anthology of new Gaelic writing

  • Indie Music Night at the Tunnels with Gaelic rock group Na Gathan

Saturday 16 May

  • Billy Kay talks about his global journey highlighting the contribution of Scots to the world in The Scottish World

  • SC&T @ Word: Storytelling and songs with Grace Banks and Stanley Robertson as part of our 'lunchtimes at the Lemon Tree' performances

  • David Toulmin Short Story Award Ceremony with Sheena Blackhall

  • Learn about the wonders of one of Scotland’s finest exports – whisky – with Charles MacLean

  • Word and Music – always a highlight of the Festival - with musicians John Sampson and Laura Cortese – a familiar name to SC&T, and Carol Ann Duffy – nominated for Poet Laureate, as well as Sean O’Brien and Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales

Sunday 17 May

  • The Great Book of Gaelic – the story behind the beautiful anthology, with readings by Aonghas MacNeacail and Louis de Paor

  • Meg Bateman, Margaret Bennett, and Sheena Blackhall – a fabulous performance of songs, stories and poems in Scots, Gaelic and Doric by three of Scotland’s finest.

  • John Purser & Roger B Williams combine readings of John’s poetry with performances of his own compositions in the beautiful setting of King’s College Chapel.

  • Travellers Tales with three of Scotland’s finest storytellers – Jess Smith, Sheila Stewart, and Stanley Robertson

For those with a penchant for poetry and prose, start your Saturday with a coffee in the Word Café, then take in a one-time-only performance by John Burnside, Janice Galloway, AL Kennedy and Don Paterson reading Lights off the Quay. Expand your geographical horizons and attend one of our World Voices events featuring Mimi Khalvati of Iran and Kapka Kassabova of Bulgaria. Other strands to the programme include events with a science twist, theatre, film, and crime.

These are just a few highlights of the jam-packed programme, not to mention the fantastic Marathon Oil Word Children’s Festival, and the Word Extra Events and Exhibitions.  More information about the festival programme, as well as some special promotions and offers available to Word audiences can be found on the website – www.abdn.ac.uk/word

There are just a few days to go and tickets for the Word Festival sponsored by Talisman Energy (UK) Limited, are still going fast.  Some events are completely sold out, and many more are quickly filling up.  Make sure you don’t miss out on what will be a word perfect weekend!

Tickets for the events at Word 09 can be booked online at http://www.abdn.ac.uk/word/tickets.  The majority of tickets are available through Aberdeen Box Office in person or by telephone on +44 (0)1224 641122.

May newsletter online 2009-05-07 Download the latest newsletter and find out what exciting events are coming up over the summer

The May issue of the SC&T newsletter will be hitting the classes next week. If you'd like to be one of the first to find out what exciting events are coming up over the summer, click here to download the pdf version.

Eurovision success for traditional dance 2009-05-17 Hallingsdans and fiddle support Norwegian song success. Alexander Rybak from Norway  received the highest number of points from televoters and juries from the 42 countries participating in this year's Eurovision contest with his song Fairytale. Watch it at uTube.  

Alexander plays fiddle and is backed by dancers from FRIKAR dancing a Hallingsdans  (the name derives from Hallingdal, a valley in southern Norway. Two or three males may dance in rivalry, performing difficult leaps, kicks, and other acrobatic stunts to demonstrate vigour and virility.)

Alexander Rybak was born in Minsk (Belarus) on the 13th of May, 1986. He grew up in Nesodden just outside the Norwegian capital Oslo.
Traditional Music Holidays 2009-05-28 Living Tradition Summer Schools in Dundee July 2009 SC&T is a partner with the Living Tradition Summer Schools which will take place in Dundee:
  • Traditional Music. song and Dance week 12 -17th July
  • Guitar & instrumental week. 19-24 th July
The summer schools will take place at West Park, part of the University of Dundee with a great team of tutors and learning at all levels and participation opportunities is provided to those attending . More information about how to book your place can be found at www.livingtradition.org.uk or by phoning 01563 551 408.

Pete Heywood, the Director, visited SC&T classes on Tuesday 26th May - the photos he took in the classes can be viewed on flikr.

Aberdeen Highland Games 2009-06-23 Music in the Marquee

SC&T hosted traditional music performances in the marquee at this year's Highland Games (Hazlehead Park, Sunday 21 June). The combination of glorious sunshine and fabulous music and song from SC&T tutors, participants and friends drew the crowds, with well in excess of 600 visitors to the marquee! 

Big thanks go to all the performers, organisers, volunteers, the sound engineer and, of course, the audience, who all helped to make the day such a huge success. Aberdeen City Council want to make 'Music in the Marquee' a permanent fixture at the Games, and SC&T have already been invited back in 2010!

Danny Parrott, events officer at Aberdeen City council said….  “One of the most popular attractions was the music tent, which had people playing traditional Scottish folk music throughout the day.” P&J, 22 June

Scottish Storytelling Centre announces events 2009-06-29

This summer delve deep beyond the tartan wrappings to a Scotland rich in living traditions and veiled in myth!

The Scottish Storytelling Centre is proud to announce a range of events celebrating Scotland's rich culture and heritage, organised in partnership with The Gathering 2009, one of the biggest events in Scotland this summer and part of Homecoming 2009.

 

If it is the authentic Scotland you seek, come along and music, storytelling performances and walking tours will take you right there.

For more information on The Gathering 2009 events at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, click here.

 

 

Wed 22 July, (2hrs30mins), £10/£8

Ceilidh House

Experience the rich legacy of the Scottish folk revival first hand in an evening of folktales, songs and tunes celebrating the traditional ceilidh. Meet some of the colourful characters of the folk scene and soak up the lively ceilidh atmosphere with singers, songwriters and storytellers Nancy Nicolson and Ewan McVicar. In partnership with The Gathering 2009.

Storytelling

 

Fri 24 July, (2hrs30mins), £10/£8

Lore of the Land

An enchanting journey through the natural and mythical landscape of rural Scotland. Roam through glen and over mountain in the footsteps of drovers, shepherds and farmers of old, with author and storyteller Stuart McHardy and storyteller and harpist Claire Hewitt in an interweaving of story, music, song and folklore. In partnership with The Gathering 2009.

Storytelling

 

Thu 23 July, 11am (90mins), Not suitable for under 8s. Children must be accompanied, £5/£3

Royal Mile Story Walk: Part 1

Join the Old Town's own master storyteller John Fee for a jaunt down the Mile from the Castle to the Netherbow. Hear tales of the characters that once roamed these streets and uncover the mysteries of the Old Town. In partnership with The Gathering 2009. Meet at the statue of Earl Haig on horseback on the Esplanade.

Walk

 

Thu 23 July, 2pm (90mins), Not suitable for under 8s. Children must be accompanied, £5/£3

Royal Mile Story Walk: Part 2

Join storyteller John Fee for a saunter down the Mile from the Netherbow to Holyrood Palace. Discover the stories behind the buildings of the Canongate and the colourful characters who lived there. Age 8 plus, children must be accompanied. In partnership with The Gathering 2009. Meet at the Scottish Storytelling Centre.

Walk

 

Fri 24 July, & (45mins), Not suitable for under 8s. Children must be accompanied, £5/£3

Deacon Brodie's Old Town Tour

Explore the closes and wynds of the Old Town in the company of Deacon Brodie, and hear the story of his grisly double life. Led by storyteller Robert Howat. Meet at the Scottish Storytelling Centre. In partnership with The Gathering 2009.

Walk

 

Friday 24th July 2009, £17.50 (£15 Scottish Storytelling Network members)

The Gathering 2009: Scotland's Stories

Discover more about Scotland's rich culture and heritage, and explore your own Scottish roots and ancestry through shared story and experiences, with storyteller and tradition bearer David Campbell. No storytelling experience required, but feel free to bring a story, experience or memory along to share! In partnership with The Gathering 2009.

Workshop

Box office: 0131 556 9579

The Deeside Sessions 2009-08-03

The Deeside Sessions

The Deeside Sessions are a series of traditional folk music sessions taking place during August and September at a variety of pubs and Hotels in Royal Deeside and Donside with local musicians. All sessions start at 8pm unless indicated.

AUGUST 2009
Sun 2 – Loch Kinord Hotel - (1pm afternoon BBQ )
Tues 4 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Thur 6 - Coilacriech, Ballater
Fri 7 - The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Sat 8 – Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 11 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Fri 14 Glenaden Hotel, Ballater (TMSA Homecoming session)
Sat 15 -Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 18 – Aberdeen Arms Tarland
Thur 20 - Coilacriech, Ballater
Fri 21 – The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Sat 22 - Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 25 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Fri 28 –  The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Fri 28 – Wooden Barn, Banchory (In assoc with Woodend Barn)
Sat 29  – Balmoral Bar, Ballater

SEPTEMBER 2009
Tues 1 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Thur 3 – Coilacriech, Ballater
Fri 4 – The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Sat 5 - Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 8 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Fr 11 – The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Sat 12 - Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 15 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland
Thur 17 - Coilacriech, Ballater
Fri 18 - The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet
Fri 18 - Glenaden Hotel, Ballater (TMSA Homecoming session)
Sat 19 - Balmoral Bar, Ballater
Tues 22 – Aberdeen Arms ,Tarland
Fri 25 – Woodend Barn, Banchory (In assoc with Woodend Barn)
Sun 27 - The Loch Kinord Hotel, Dinnet (1pm afternoon BBQ )
Tues 29 – Aberdeen Arms, Tarland


The programme has been put together by Paul Anderson (already something of a legend and revered virtuoso in the time honoured tradition of Scottish fiddle music and, of course, SC&T North East Fiddle tutor, summer 2009!) who has arranged for local Deeside and Aberdeen musicians to take part. The sessions are open to all. Most of them are 8pm in the evening and the aim is to get more traditional live music happening in the Deeside villages.

Venue Contact details:

Loch Kinord Hotel: tel 013398 85229

Coilacriech Inn: tel 013397 55377

Balmoral Bar, Ballater: tel  013397 55462

Aberdeen Arms, Tarland: tel 013398 81225

What is a session?

There is no strict definition of a “session”. They are essentially informal music and social events with  traditional musicians and singers to play tunes and songs together. Sessions are inclusive – they do not have artists and audience – everyone is a participant. Sessions are not concerts or “gigs” but rather a social event with music and song in which everyone can participate. The Deeside Sessions will give visitors to Royal Deeside an authentic experience of North -east Scotland’s indigenous musical culture.

August newsletter online now! 2009-08-03

The August issue of our newsletter is about to be mailed out to all our Friends and participants past and present, alongside our Class Guide 2009-2010. To find out what SC&T have planned over the remainder of the summer and for next session, click here to download the pdf version. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact the office.

SC&T at Tartan Day 2009 2009-08-02 SC&T Step dancing for Tartan Day.SC&T performers were out in sunny Aberdeen on Sunday 2nd August to celebrate Aberdeen's Tartan Day. 

With a performance in the Academy courtyard at 11 am and taster and performances in St Nicholas kirk yard at noon, we finished off with a performance within the street market at Belmont Street at 1.

Taster experiences were given to several young people and information about the SC&T classes were taken away by many more.
A young future fiddler having a go 
Stanley Robertson - a tribute 2009-08-03 A tribute to Stanley Robertson who died on 2 August 2009

Stanley Robertson

Stanley Robertson was one of Scotland's leading storytellers and ballad singers. He was committed to Stanley Robertson with singers from SC&T in 2007passing on the ballads songs and stories he learned from his family and led ballad classes as part of the SC&T programme in 2007 and 2008.

The funeral service takes place on Friday 7 August at 12:30 at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Anderson Drive, Aberdeen. (For approximate map click here). Interment will be at Lumphanan Cemetery at 2.30 pm.

Stanley was born in Aberdeenshire in 1940 into a traveller family which had settled there. His family background was rich in tradition, and from his Aunt Jeannie Robertson, he inherited a huge repertoire of North East ballads. He was the Keyworker for the Heritage Lottery funded 'Oral and Cultural Traditions of Scottish Travellers' project from April 2002 until April 2005.

As an acknowledged expert and member of the Traveller community, Stanley has documented his own lore and that of other members of this group, and promoted the cultural traditions of Scottish Travellers among young people, in schools and community groups, including young Travellers.  


(Photo for SC&T by Ellice Milton 2007)



Homecoming Workshops & Concert 2009-09-22 Groupwork workshops and performance hosted by SC&T and the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music

Our partnership event with the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Plockton delivered fabulous groupwork workshop and mini performance opportunities and a sizable crowd came along in the evening for a chance to see the school's talented senior students in concert.

Look out for the full review in the next SC&T newsletter!

Callum, Ally and Kirsten, The Lemon Tree, Saturday 17th October, 1pm – 2pm 2009-10-17 Callum, Ally and Kirsten Forsyth will launch the Autumn programme of Saturday lunchtime performances at The Lemon Tree. Gus MacDonald is putting together a series of performances by talented musicians and singers with a SC&T connection.

Callum, Ally and Kirsten Forsyth will launch the Autumn programme of Saturday lunchtime performances at The Lemon Tree. Gus MacDonald is putting together a series of performances by talented musicians and singers with a SC&T connection.

The Lemon Tree has a great sound system, manned by a sound engineer. At this time of day, it is a Café – offering Lunch from 12noon - 2pm. So, come and have some lunch and refreshment to the sounds of Scottish Culture and Tradition.

Bring along an instrument as there may well be a session to follow the performance till 3pm.

Callum (pipes/guitar) learned traditional acoustic guitar accompaniment at SC&T and is currently an S6 student at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. He plays pipes with the Bucksburn and District Pipe Band and was in their championship winning Novice Juvenile lineup in 2008.

Ally (piano/guitar) has just started to learn guitar with SC&T and is an S5 pupil of Westhill Academy.

Kirsten (fiddle) has been learning tunes with SC&T as well as getting private tuition. She attended the Taransay fiddle camp for the first time this summer is an S3 pupil at Westhill Academy.

All have participated in and learned much from Aberdeen International Youth Festival SPLORE and the Gordon Gaitherin.

The SC&T Events Calendar will be updated shortly with future Saturday performances.

Paul Anderson launches new CD 2009-08-06

Paul Anderson will be launching his CD “Home and Beauty” alongside his collection of compositions “The Lochnagar Collection”, in the MacRobert Hall in the square, Tarland at 7.30pm on Sunday the 16th of August (please note date change from Friday the 14th of August).

Already something of a legend and revered virtuoso in the time honoured tradition of Scottish fiddle music, Paul Anderson began his training at school on a fiddle found under his grandparents spare bed. He can trace his teaching lineage directly to Niel Gow, The Father of Scottish Fiddle Music, through his tutor Douglas Lawrence, the most acclaimed pupil of Hector MacAndrew.

Dannsa meets Beòlach for Homecoming Strathspè Away and Tour 2009-10-15 Dannsa is celebrating Homecoming with a spectacular blend of Scottish and Canadian traditional dance and musical talent, ‘at home’ for Strathspè Away in Kingussie, and on the road touring to Inverness, Skye, Edinburgh and Perth-shire.

Dannsa meets Beòlach for Homecoming Strathspè Away and Tour

 

Dannsa is celebrating Homecoming with a spectacular blend of Scottish and Canadian traditional dance and musical talent, ‘at home’ for Strathspè Away in Kingussie, and on the road touring to Inverness, Skye, Edinburgh and Perth-shire.  

Be prepared for energy and innovation from both sides of the Atlantic, as Scotland’s favourite dance group joins forces with one of Cape Breton’s super-groups to produce a breathtaking programme of tuition and performance in traditional music and dance.  Beguiling audiences with their own sets, before coming together to perform an exciting newly choreographed piece, Dannsa and Beòlach are sure to impress.

Dannsa meets Beòlach on Tour, 7th – 14th November

Energy and innovation from both sides of the Atlantic, as Scotland’s favourite dance group Dannsa joins forces with Cape Breton super-group Beòlach, to produce a spectacular evening of traditional music and dance.  Beguiling audiences with their own sets, before coming together to perform an exciting newly choreographed piece, Dannsa and Beòlach are sure to impress.

Beòlach is one of Nova Scotia’s most exciting young bands. Wendy MacIsaac, Mairi Rankin, Mac Morin and Patrick Gillis perform an energetic mix of tunes featuring piano, pipes, guitar, and fiddles.  Beòlach has thrilled audiences with their dynamic arrangements of their favourite tunes, energetic performances and their sheer versatility as step dancers.

Dannsa’s new and innovative approach to traditional dance draws from the many rich and varied traditions throughout Scotland. From Highland to Step Dance, Ceilidh and Old Scotch Reels, they always bring something fresh to their dances. Caroline Reagh, Sandra Robertson and John Sikorski have been at the forefront of dancing in Scotland for a number of years and will be joined by some of Scotland’s best musicians in Dannsa’s own Ceilidh band, including Fin Moore (pipes), Gabe McVarish (fiddle), Ewan MacPherson (guitar, tenor banjo and mandola) and Gilliebride MacMillan (Gaelic song).

Dannsa meets Beòlach are teaching and performing at Strathspè Away before going on tour to

Saturday 7 November, 8.00pm, Kingussie - Strathspè Away, Badenoch Centre, Kingussie.  Ticket prices £8 / £6  Booking www.thebooth.co.uk or tel 01540 661594 www.dannsa.com

Wednesday 11 November, 7.30pm ,Inverness – Eden Court Theatre, One Touch Theatre.  Ticket prices £12/£10/£5  Booking  Tel 01463 234 234  www.eden-court.co.uk

Thursday 12 November, 8.00pm, Isle of Skye - Sabhal Mor Ostaig, nr Armadale.  Ticket prices  £10/ £4 students / £3 children / under 10s free  Booking www.thebooth.com or Tel 01471 844 207  or www.seall.co.uk or  info@seall.co.uk

Friday 13 November, 8.00pm, Edinburgh – Fiddle 2009, Assembly Rooms, Heat the Hoose with Session A9.  Ticket prices £18 / £13 / Family ticket 2 adults & 2 children £38  0131 473 2000  or www.hubtickets.co.uk

Saturday 14 November, 8.00pm – Birnam - Birnam Institute, Dunkeld.  Ticket prices £10 / £8.  Booking Tel  07511 414 849  www.thebooth.co.uk

Strathspè Away – 6th – 8th November

This year’s Strathspè Away in Kingussie looks like being Dannsa’s best festival yet.  Headline band Beòlach are performing and teaching all weekend, Mats Melin returns with his Irish dancers and musicians from University of Limerick, while other bands include The Bella MacNab Ceilidh Band, Alba Flamenca and Dannsa.  

Strathspè Away tutors are

Jim Barry teaching Irish Set Dance, Saliha Haouach teaching Flamenco, John Sikorski, Mac Moran and Mairi Rankin teaching Step Dancing, Sheila McCutcheon with Ceilidh Dancing, as well as Dannsa’s own regulars Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson.  Music tutors include: Gillebride MacMillan with Puirt-a-Beul, Wendy MacIsaac and Sarah Hoy on fiddle and Angus Nicolson on Tin Whistle.

The Lore of Scotland 2009-10-21

The Lore of Scotland: A guide to Scottish legends, from the mermaid of Galloway to the great warrior Fingal

Scotland’s rich past and varied landscape have inspired an extraordinary array of legends and beliefs, and in The Lore of Scotland Jennifer Westwood and Sophia Kingshill bring together many of the finest and most intriguing: stories of heroes and bloody feuds, tales of giants, fairies, and witches, and accounts of local customs and traditions. Their range extends right across the country, from the Borders with their haunting ballads, via Glasgow, site of St Mungo’s miracles, to the fateful battlefield of Culloden, and finally to the Shetlands, home of the seal-people.


More than simply retelling these stories, The Lore of Scotland explores their origins, showing how and when they arose and investigating what basis – if any – they have in historical fact. In the process, it uncovers the events that inspired Shakespeare’s Macbeth, probes the claim that Mary King’s Close is the most haunted street in Edinburgh, and examines the surprising truth behind the fame of the MacCrimmons, Skye’s unsurpassed bagpipers. Moreover, it reveals how generations of Picts, Vikings, Celtic saints and Presbyterian reformers shaped the myriad tales that still circulate, and, from across the country, it gathers together legends of such renowned figures as Sir William Wallace, St Columba, and the great warrior Fingal. The result is a thrilling journey through Scotland’s legendary past and an endlessly fascinating account of the traditions and beliefs that play such an important role in its heritage.

More Information
Random House Books • Customs & folklore • Previous ISBN: 1905211627
Publication date: 01/10/2009 • 576 pages • Royal Octavo • EAN: 9781905211623

Halloween Ceilidh 2009-10-22 Halloween Ceilidh in The Music Hall, Union Street, with all-girl ceilidh band Danse McCabre.

Halloween Ceilidh in The Music Hall, Union Street, with all-girl ceilidh band Danse McCabre, Saturday 31st October 8-11.30 pm. Tickets £10 (£8 concession) available from www.boxofficeaberdeen.com or 01224 641122.

Download our latest newsletter 2011-05-31

The May issue of the SC&T newsletter has already hit the classes and is winging its way to Friends of SC&T. If you would like to find out about the exciting events we have coming up over the summer, click to download the pdf version.

Homecoming pipe and drum workshop 2009-11-04 Homecoming pipe and drum workshop

Aberdeenshire Youth Pipes & Drums project is hosting a Homecoming pipe and drum workshop on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd November.

Open to all young pipers and drummers up to age 21 years 

Piping Workshop - Saturday 21st November 2009 
Drumming Workshop - Sunday 22nd November 2009 
• 9.45am – 12.45pm at Inverurie Academy both days • 

  • All workshop music now online for practising prior to attending!

  • Top tuition and tips to help improve your playing!

  • Meet and learn with other young players!

  • After care service to help you progress!

  • Please see the attached flyer and application for further details!


How do I sign up?
Contact info@tradarr.com  for an application form or send details direct by email. Easy as that!

November newsletter online now! 2009-11-05 Click to download the pdf.

The November issue of our printed newsletter will be hitting the classes next week. It will be mailed out to all Friends not attending classes and will also be available at various locations throughout Aberdeen city centre.  To find out now what SC&T have planned for this winter, click here to download the pdf version. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact the office.

Bridging Tradition Song Weekend, 5th Dec 2009-11-11 TMSA & Grace Notes Scotland

Bridging Tradition

December 5th 2009

Click here for details of the first TMSA & Grace Notes Scotland song weekend.

Christmas end of term concert 2009-12-08 Sunday 06 December 2009

The SC&T end of term concert took place at the Lemon Tree on Sunday 06 December.

There were fabulous performances from all the classes who took part and it was also a chance to say a special farewell to departing SC&T Chairman, Susan Kirkwood. See the myspace clips.

A great time was had by all and the comments we have had back so far have been almost all overwhelmingly positive for the change of venue (a special thanks goes to the Lemon Tree for accommodating us at such short notice when we lost our usual venue!).

Thanks to all the tutors, volunteers and participants who helped to make it happen and, of course, the appreciative audience who turned up to watch! See you all next year for more music, song and dance!

Pathways to Performance 2009-12-09 Performance opportunities for upcoming young musicians

Performance opportunities for upcoming young musicians

SC&T have discussed incorporating a ‘Pathways to Performance’ slot with the Lemon Tree, and they are happy for us to include this in our Saturday lunchtime performances.

‘Pathways to Performance’ will give young performers a short slot during the main 1.00-2.00pm lunchtime performance slot. Jimmy Mitchell has already introduced two spots by fiddling youngsters (both taught by past or present SC&T tutors) and there are plans to include more slots in 2010.

If you tutor young musicians or know of any young players/singers of trad or trad style music who would enjoy a Lemon Tree 'gig', please pass info about this opportunity on to them.

Stepping down 2009-12-11 Susan Kirkwood stepped down as Chairman of SC&T at the end of November and her contribution over the years (12 years at the head of the organisation) was marked at the End of Term concert in the Lemon Tree on 6th December.

Richard Ward, the new Chairman of SC&T led the thanks, presenVoice of the people CD set and other presentsting Susan with flowers, cards from those participating in the classes, two cakes (the large one was shared out among those attending the concert) and a large parcel. The highlight was then the set of three tunes written especially for the occasion: Slow Air for Susan (by Sandy Tweddle), Miss Susan Kirkwood (by Malcolm Reavell) and The Kirk in the Woods (by Sharon Hasson). The composers, accompanied by Janice Reavell performed the set.

Susan Kirkwood said: I am very grateful for your thanks for the work I have done over the years. The generous gift (the 20 CDs in Topic's "Voice of the People"  series) will keep me singing new songs for some time to come. I have enjoyed being involved with SC&T from its beginning - mainly because it has generated such enthusiasm and commitment from so many people through the years - so I thank all of you.  I will continue to be involved as a volunteer and I wish the new committee all the best for the future.

Sandy Tweddle and Pete MacCallum, The Lemon Tree, Saturday 9th January, 1pm – 2pm 2010-01-09 Sandy Tweddle and Pete macCallum will launch the Spring 2010 programme of Saturday lunchtime performances at The Lemon Tree. Gus MacDonald is putting together a series of performances by talented musicians and singers with a SC&T connection.

Sandy Tweddle and Pete MacCallum will launch the Spring 2010 of Saturday lunchtime performances at The Lemon Tree. Gus MacDonald is putting together a series of performances by talented musicians and singers with a SC&T connection:

January
9th Jan - Sandy Tweddle and Pete MacCallum
16th Jan - tbc
23rd Jan - Pete Saunders and Tim Jones
30th Jan - Multicultural Day (a non SC&T event)

February
6th Feb - Malcolm Reavell, Carley Williams and Pete MacCallum
13th Feb - tbc
20th Feb - Laura Lockyer
27th Feb - Shenanigans

March
6th Mar - Susan Kirkwood and Friends
13th Mar - Alison Hester, Richard Ward and Anne Ward
20th Mar - Yvonne Stevenson-Robb
27th Mar - Pete MacCallum and Alistair Duthie

The Lemon Tree has a great sound system, manned by a sound engineer. At this time of day, it is a Café – offering Lunch from 12noon - 2pm. So, come and have some lunch and refreshment to the sounds of Scottish Culture and Tradition.

Bring along an instrument as there may well be a session to follow the performance till 3pm.

See the SC&T Events Calendar with the latest updates for future Saturday performances.

Breabach & Le Vent du Nord 2010-01-18 Free workshop event

An evening of FREE instrument and foot stomping workshops with Breabach & Le Vent du Nord. In partnership with Aberdeen Performing Arts.

Harlaw Academy, Monday 01 February 2010, 7pm - 9pm

SC&T have teamed up with Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) to bring you a fabulous opportunity to explore the relationship between Scottish and Canadian traditional music, with an evening of free workshops with Breabach and Le Vent du Nord.

Breabach were nominated for Best Scottish Folk Band in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2007 & 2008. Le Vent du Nord is one of Quebec’s most-loved folk bands.

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Quebec meets Scotland and joins forces on this outstanding tour! This is about more than just music - it is about the cultures of two nations; relationships between them during their history; and how they have influenced each other through their music.

This tour will demonstrate the power of music creating a wonderful live experience while also educating audiences in cultural and musical history. 

APA are also giving SC&T Friends and participants the chance to see both bands in concert for a discounted price of £5.00 at the Music Hall on Thursday 04 February. Just mention SC&T when buying your ticket to receive the discount!

See the Events listing for more information. Workshop places will be limited.

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This Saturday at the Lemon Tree - see some of our next generation of talented trad musicians 2010-01-13 SC&T is delighted to announce the introduction of ‘Pathways to Performance’ slots during our Saturday lunchtime performances at the Lemon Tree.

SC&T is delighted to announce the introduction of ‘Pathways to Performance’ slots during our Saturday lunchtime performances at the Lemon Tree.


‘Pathways to Performance’ will give young performers a short 15 minute slot during the main 1.00-2.00pm lunchtime performance. So far, Jimmy Mitchell has introduced two spots by fiddling youngsters (both taught by past or present SC&T tutors).

There are plans to include more slots in 2010, kicking off this Saturday 16th January, with a whole hour of talented young musicians! Cait (14) & Annie Lennox (12) have joined forces with another pair of musical siblings from Aberdeen, Iain (14) and Freya Hall (12), to perform Scots and Gaelic music and song on fiddle, cello and recorder, with piano and percussion too!

SC&T are committed to providing performance opportunities in 2010 for our next generation of talented trad musicians.

If you tutor young musicians or know of any young players/singers of trad or trad style music who would enjoy a Lemon Tree 'gig', please pass info about this opportunity on to them.

Performance: 1pm - 2pm, The Lemon Tree (see 'Events' calendar for more details of this and other upcoming Lemon Tree performances)

January newsletter online 2010-01-26 Now available for download.

The January issue of our printed newsletter hit the classes last week. It is mailed out to all Friends not attending classes and will also be available at various locations throughout Aberdeen city centre.  To find out now what SC&T have planned for 2010, click here to download the pdf version. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact the office.

Trad in the Park 2010-02-01 Residential Groupwork weekend for musicians of S3 and above of intermediate or advanced playing / singing ability.

TRAD IN THE PARK 

Ceilidh anns a’ Phàirc. 

Weekend March 5 – 7th 

At Highland Adventure, Glenisla (just off B951 NW of Kirriemuir)      

Residential Groupwork weekend for musicians of S3 and above of intermediate or advanced playing / singing ability. 

A weekend of traditional music making with two of the country’s most respected traditional musicians.   Including one half-day’s outdoor activity. 

Tutors - Sharon Hassan and James Ross

Cost - £60 per head

For application forms and further details please contact: -

Caroline Sterritt, Fèisean a' Mhonaidh Ruaidh Development Officer, on 01540 662165 / 07989 907213   E-mail: caroline.sterritt@feisean.org 

AYPD workshop 2010-02-15 The first AYPD workshop of the year is on Saturday 27 Feb 2010 at Inverurie Academy.

The first AYPD workshop of the year is on Saturday 27 Feb 2010 at Inverurie Academy.
Visit www.tradarr.com for a flyer/application form for details.
Register today and book your place!

This workshop is for Pipers only and will focus on repertoire building.
Tunes we will be using can be found at: http://www.tradarr.com/index/aypdtunes.html

AYPD functions as a NETWORK of young pipers and drummers and workshops are open (and free) to everyone. Pipers need to be on the bagpipe and there are tuition groups based on playing experience, so all young players welcome.

We are planning a drummers & pipers training day over the 13/14 March weekend, so will update you when we confirm the exact day.

We have quite a number already in the AYPD network and it's open to all young pipers & drummers aged up to 21 years old.

We welcome all new pipers and drummers who are interested, so please do encourage any young players you know to come along.

We have some new web pages on our Pipe and Drum programme at: http://www.tradarr.com/index/panddprogramme.html

This link gives lots of details on the programme we run, The new Aberdeesnhire Youth Pipes & Drums and even how to register on the  AYPD NETWORK.

TMSA Competitions 2010-02-22

TMSA Traditional Competitions

Saturday March 20th 2010

QUEEN’S CROSS PARISH CHURCH,
ALBYN PLACE, ABERDEEN AB10 1YN

Singing
Traditional Singing
Bothy Ballad
Sea Shanty or Work Song
Free-Style Traditional singing


Instruments
Fiddle
Accordion
Diddling
Melodeon
Tin Whistle
Mouth Organ

Instrumental Groups
Writing / Composing
Song writing
Tune writing
Scots / Doric Verse

Download a flyer / entry form here

new Tuesday night session 2010-03-09 A new Tuesday night session for SC&T participants will begins tonight (Tuesday 9th March).

SC&T are pleased to announce a new session opportunity for 2010!

From tonight there will be a new Tuesday night session for SC&T participants at the Glentanar Bar on Justice Mill Lane (on the corner with Holburn St), just a short walk from Harlaw Academy!

We hope it will work out well for both singers and instrumentalists, as well as being good for the bar. An impromptu session there last month that went down really well - the bar regulars thought it was great and wanted more, and the bar staff and management were very welcoming too!

After a few weeks, we hope the session will gain its own momentum. However, in the short term, your support would be appreciated in getting it up and running! Why not get together with others in your class for moral support and come along? It is not a closed session and people not directly involved with SC&T are most welcome. Hope to see you all there!

A great way to celebrate the onset of Spring!

SC&T now on Facebook 2010-03-01 We now have our own page on Facebook where you will be able to keep up to date with the latest info on all our upcoming events, classes, sessions and workshops. To become a fan and receive regular updates click the Facebook logo...



Harmonica Workshops 2010-03-01

Harmonica Workshops

Dave Lorimer will be holding two free harmonica workshops for complete beginners on Monday 8th and Monday 15th March.

Come and join Dave to learn the basics of playing the moothie by ear and with sheet music.

The workshops will be held at Harlaw Academy from 7pm to 9pm. If you would like to attend a workshop please speak to the class assistant, Jenny, or contact the SC&T office.

Summer School in Barga in Tuscany 2010-03-02 Hamish Moore is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer School to be held in Barga in Tuscany where he spent 2008 as musician in residence.

Hamish Moore is delighted to announce an exciting new Summer School to be held in Barga, Tuscany where he spent 2008 as musician in residence.

Barga dates back a thousand years and is a walled hill town of astounding beauty. As well as being surrounded by natural, spectacular Mountain scenery, its architectural glory is a joy and its narrow streets and lanes make pedestrian transport the norm with the presence of cars somewhat of a rarity. This all adds to the incredible charm of the town.

Teaching will take place in an old Conservatorio, which is ideally suited to hosting classes.

As well as budget dormitory style accommodation in The Convent, Barga has many self-catering apartments, hotels and Guest Houses. There are a maximum of 20 places in dormitory accommodation.

Co-ordinator – Hamish Moore in conjunction with B.I.G.
Dates: 20th – 27th June 2010

Tutors:

Pipes:
Allan MacDonald
Fin Moore
Tiber Falzett
Alberto Massie

Fiddle:
Sarah Hoy

Dance:
Frank McConnell will be offering classes in some of Scotland's oldest and most exciting dance forms.
Scottish Step Dance
Cape Breton Square Dancing
Quadrilles
Lancers

Flute:
Chris Norman.

Cello:
Christine Hanson.

Song:
Tom Lawrie and Scott Gardener.

Tuition Fees:
E300 or £300 for all classes except song sharing which will be £100.

Please note that a minimum of 4 students are needed for each teacher. A sliding scale of fees will operate so that after the minimum number of students per teacher is achieved the fees will start going down as more students enrol.

Further Information and Booking:
Please see http://www.hamishmoore.com/school.htm
or email Hamish Moore directly on hamish@hamishmoore.com

Women and Men in song and music - Lemon Tree 6th March 2010-03-04

Lemon TreeTo mark International Women’s day, the Saturday 6th March lunchtime performances at Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree will focus on the relationships between women and men. The volunteers from SC&T and the session group Scotch Broth will be joined by two young musicians from Harlaw Academy as part of the “pathways to performance” initiative. The joys, triumphs, woes and troubles of human relationships will be explored through songs and tunes ancient and modern.  Doors open at 12 noon with the performance from 1 to 2 pm.

Scotch Broth are a group of musicians who meet regularly on Sunday evenings at St Peter’s Heritage Hall in Culter. Adults who like to play Scottish music at an intermediate level are made welcome.

TMSA Competitions Day 2010 2010-03-22 Saturday 20 March 2010

TMSA Competitions Day – Saturday 20 March 2010

 

On Saturday the Aberdeen Branch of the Traditional Music and Song Association held its annual competitions day for traditional music and song, at Queens Cross Church halls on

Albyn Place
. With around 100 entries for the various competitions from, all age groups, a most enjoyable day was had by all, whether competing or being part of the audience. This year saw the re-establishment of a link with the City Council when the Lord Provost, Peter Stephen came along on the day and presented the Scott Skinner Rose Bowl trophy and medal to the winner of the Senior Fiddle Competition. In 1988, the City Council gifted the Rose Bowl to the Aberdeen Alternative Festival and when this festival was wound up, the Aberdeen Branch took over the running of the competitions day and have run it in March each year since 2000.
The day was finished off with an evening ceilidh which was much enjoyed by all.

 

RESULTS

Junior Fiddle – Stuart Davidson

Intermediate Fiddle – George Davidson

Senior Fiddle – Ann Nicol

Junior Scots Verse – Annie Lennox

Senior Scots Verse – Russell Taylor

Junior Accordion – Gregor Allan

Mouth Organ – William Clark

Melodeon – Ian Russell

Senior Tin Whistle – Lorna Edward

Instrumental Groups – The Forsyths

Tune Writing – Donald McLellan

Song Writing – Ian Pirie

Diddling – Ian Russell

Junior Bothy Ballad – Eoin Taylor

Ladies Bothy Ballad – Moira Stewart

Mens Bothy Ballad – Graham White

Junior Traditional Song – Cait L:ennox

Ladies Traditional Song – Natalie Chalmers

Mens Traditional Song – Russell Taylor

Freestyle Singing – Cait, Annie and Jill Lennox

Sea Shanty/Work Song – Russell Taylor

Greig Duncan Folk Song Collection for best adult Novice – Sarah Walker

End of term concert 2010-03-28

The SC&T end of term concert will take place this Sunday 28th March at The Lemon Tree

Doors 5.00pm, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

The Lemon Tree bar is available for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and you are still able to bring a picnic of nibbles as in previous years. Hope to see you there!

Running Order

Each group has a MAXIMUM of 5 MINUTES performance time unless otherwise stated. 
PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over.

6:00      Fiddle 3 (Laura Lockyer)

6:05      Mixed Instruments 3 (David Anderson)

6:10      Clarsach 0/1 (Anne Ward)

6:15      Fiddle 0 (Ali Leith)

6:20      Whistle 0 (Jimmy Mitchell)      

6:25      Fiddle 1 (Carley Williams)

6:30      Banjo/Mandolin (Kenn Clark) & Guitar 1 (Kevin Clark)

6:35      Whistle 1 (Helen Lynch)

6:40      Harmonica 0 (Dave Lorimer with Allen Welsh)

6:45      Bodhran (Allen Welsh)

6:50      Song 3 (Jayne Carmichael-Norrie)

6:55      Mixed Instruments (Frances Wilkins)

7:00      Whistle 3 (Kenny Hadden) accompanied by Guitar 0 (Peter Saunders)

7:05      Pipes (Clare Miller)

7:10      Whistle 2 (Eileen Bresnan)

7:15      Fiddle 2 (Sandy Tweddle)

7:20      Song 1 (Nicki Morris)

7:25      Clarsach 2/3 (Lu McClintock)

We are proud to present

7.30      Ceilidh Dancers (Lynn Saunders)
            Accompanied by Sandy Tweddle, Frances Wilkins, Allen Welsh
            and any others that care to.

7.40      Stramash
led by Frances and Sandy.

INFO FOR YOUR CLASS:

The end of term concert will take place on Sunday 28 March at The Lemon Tree. Doors 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. The Lemon Tree has a licensed bar and will provide plates and cutlery. PLEASE encourage your class to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE have your group ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time.
SC&T concert footage and pics 2010-04-07

SC&T end of term concert

Sunday 28 March 2010

Click the links to see footage of the concert
http://www.myspace.com/scottishculturetraditions and http://www.youtube.com/user/ChimneyMan

And photographs here

(thanks to Susan Kirkwood, David Lumsden and David Flett for these!)

http://picasaweb.google.com/david.flett/SCTConcertTheLemonTree# SC&T at The Lemon Tree 2010-04-15 Saturday Lunchtime concerts continue

The series of Saturday lunchtime concerts at The Lemon Tree continues. Performances from 13:00 to 14:00. Bring an instrument if you want to join in the session afterwards.

April
 
3rd Fisher Folk
10th Maggie and Dick Trickey
17th Pete McCallum and sandy Tweddle
24th Pete Saunders, Tim Jones and Graeme Stephen
 
May
 
1st tbc
8th Richard Ward, Alison Hester and Ann Ward
15th Jani Lang and Kenn Clark
22nd Malcolm Reavell, Pete McCallum and Janice Reavell
29th John Carnie
 
June
 
5th Sandy Tweddle, Irene Watt and Graham White
12th Dave Lorimer and friends
19th Susan Kirkwall and friends
26th Sharon Hasson
 
July
 
3rd tbc
10th tbc
17th NAFCO
24th tbc
31st tbc.

WORD 10 : A tribute to Stanley Robertson 2010-05-15

A Tribute to Stanley Robertson

10am– 11.15am, Saturday 15 May

King’s College Centre, King’s College – FREE

In 2009, Scotland lost a cultural icon in the person of Stanley Robertson. Honoured and respected as a storyteller, ballad singer, writer and playwright, he synthesised history, experience and the culture of Scotland’s Travelling people, in spellbinding performances. In this tribute Sheena Blackhall and Ian Russell from the University’s Elphinstone Institute, with members of Stanley’s family, celebrate his remarkable achievements.


www.abdn.ac.uk/word

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Donald Black's Scottish Celtic Harmonica course 2010-05-12

Donald Black

Scottish Celtic Harmonica

Short Summer Course

Monday 2nd to Friday 6th August

Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic College, Sleat, Isle of Skye

For more details, download the information sheet/booking form here.

Tonight, BBC1, 11.55pm, film: The Boys And A Girl From The County Clare 2010-05-11

Recommended by Kenny Hadden, SC&T Whistle 3 / Flute 2 tutor:

"Tonight on BBC1 at 11.55pm, there's a very funny film called "The Boys And A Girl From The County Clare", about 2 brothers who have ceili bands competing against each other in a competition. The opening credits have the brothers being taught the fiddle as children, and the fiddler is Dick Glasgow, who used to play in Aberdeen sessions, and in a couple of bands with me in the 1980s. Older "SC&T" members might remember him. The language is a bit fruity at times, so if you're easily offended, don't watch, but otherwise, set the DVD player."

Jani and Kenn at The Lemon Tree 2010-05-15 Jani Lang and Kenn Clark will play the SC&Turday Live slott at The Lemon Tree this Saturday

Join Jani Lang and Kenn Clark for a free 1hr performance this Saturday at The Lemon Tree.

1pm to 2pm - performance

There may be a session after wards so do bring along an instrument and join in.

Food is served at The Lemon Tree from 12 noon

Celebrate Aberdeen Parade 2011-06-14

On Saturday 11th June, Aberdeen's third sector united in a spectacular parade starting at Harlaw Academy, proceeding all the way down Union Street to the Castlegate, supported by an array of street performers, local celebrities and musical entertainment.

We were thrilled to have Sharon Hassan leading the mobile musical entertainment on SC&T's behalf. The parade set off at 11.00am at Harlaw Academy and proceeded on foot down Union Street to the Castlegate.

The parade went well on what was a bit of a grey and shower spotted day - fortunately it stayed dry enough for the fiddles during the parade itself - and our musicians definitely stood out from the crowd. We received lots of positive feedback from folk watching the parade and we caught their attention by looking lively and playing tunes.

Special thanks to tutors, Sharon and Dave, for leading the tunes.

Open Mic night tonight! 2010-05-27

Our first Open Mic night for a while will be held in the Belmont Cinema Cafe Bar tonight, 27 May, 8pm-10m.

There is a great line-up akready for tonight and there are one or two performance slots still available. Or come along and join in for a tune or two afterwards.

Open Mic Running Order
Thursday 27 May 8:00-10:00pm
Venue – Belmont Cinema Café Bar

Each performance group will have up to 10 minutes for their spot.
8:00pm - David Hunter
8:15pm - Susan Kirkwood 
8:30pm - Finn O’Neill
8:45pm - Moothie 0 with Dave Lorimer
9:00pm - Moothie 2 with Dave Lorimer
9:15pm - available
9:30pm - available
9:45pm - available

Compere:  David Hunter
Front of House:  Richard Ward
Stage Management/PA:  Richard Ward 

NAFCo Fiddle Flash Mob 2010-05-31

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‘Fiddler in the Mall’

Hurrying, scurrying, round the shops
Crowds go hunting for hats or tops
Emptying out the family coffers
On footwear, hardware, and bargain offers
Searching for health and beauty aids –
Trainers, stickers, or razor blades
Jewellery, perfume, or toddlers’ toys
Joggers, jigglers, girls and boys
All stood frozen in Union Square
When a fiddler played in the entrance there
Till bobbin about like a dolphin’s pillow
In an Orcadian strip the willow
Shopper and strollers joined the dance
Linking arms in a rhythmic trance
Pensioners, children, in-betweens
In t-shirts, leggings, and torn blue jeans
Denim-skirted or business-suited
Barefoot girls and the leather booted
Joined in the music one and all
When the fiddler played in the shopping mall.

Sheena Blackhall
29 May 2010

Hi everyone,

Many thanks for a great Flash Mob on Saturday! The dancing was brilliant and the music was superb, even if the air fiddling was on the thin side. Union Square folk were delighted and took photos for their own use.

I’m confident that loads of good publicity went out, and the launch concert at the LT later in the day was a treat, another great turnout.

When we get to the Convention proper, 14-18 July, I know we can count on excellent local support.

Please forward this message to anyone and everyone you know who was there and took part.

All the best,

Ian

PS Please let me know of any photos or web-based records - photos/video.

PPS There are loads and loads of dance events at NAFCo – 27 workshops, several dance artists, and four late night dances at the Lemon Tree – 22:30-01:00.

The latest SC&T newsletter is online 2010-05-31

Download the latest SC&T newsletter to find out about all our upcoming events for Summer 2010.

Sandy, Irene and Graham at The Lemon Tree 2010-06-05 Sandy Tweddle, Irene Watt and Graham White will play the SC&Turday Live slot at The Lemon Tree this Saturday

Sandy Tweddle, Irene Watt and Graham White will perform this Saturday at The Lemon Tree.

1pm to 2 pm - free performance

There may be a session after wards so do bring along an instrument and join in.

Food is served at The Lemon Tree from 12 noon

SC&T singers at the Lemon Tree 2010-06-14

SSingers March 2010 at the Lemon TReeC&T singers led by Catriona Smith, Shirley Watt and Susan Kirkwood  will perform this Saturday at The Lemon Tree.

We are expecting some young performers to join us as part of the "Pathways to Performance" initiative of SC&T.


1pm to 2 pm - free performance.

Food is served at The Lemon Tree from 12 noon

Pipe Splore 2010 2010-07-26

PIPESPLORE2010 is on again this 4 & 5  August and open to all young pipers aged up to 21 years old.

This years focus includes work on traditional Strathspey and Reel playing and ideal for solo and band players alike.

Please visit
http://www.pipingprogramme.co.uk/Site/home.html
to download a flyer/application for more details and all young pipers should complete as instructed to register their place.

Fabulous Scottish step dance tasters & courses 2010-07-26

Ever wanted to try Scottish step dance?

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Great opportunities in Aberdeen to learn or brush up on Scottish step dance:

StepSplore

A two-day step dance course for young people aged between 8 and 21, part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival. 4th & 5th August 2010, 9.45am-4pm, Linksfield Campus, Regents Walk, Aberdeen.
Download the application form here:
http://www.creativeheritage.com/StepDance/index.html

Drop-in taster/refresher classes at CityMoves

Every Thursday, 5.30-6.30pm, City Moves, Schoolhill, Aberdeen. All levels catered for.
http://citymoves.wordpress.com/classes/

Contact tutor Pat Ballantyne (phballantyne@creativeheritage.com, 01224 491062 for more information.

Speyfest Workshops 2010-07-31

Speyfest Workshops

Saturday 31 July, 1pm - 3pm

At the Institute, Fochabers

Workshops for musicians aged 12-18 years of intermediate or advanced playing ability, with the opportunity to play at Speyfest on Sunday 01 August.

Tutors:
Fiddle - Adam Sutherland
Guitar - tbc
Percussion - Fraser Stone
Groupwork - John Somerville & Mhairi Hall

For application forms and further details please contact
Caroline Sterritt on 01540 662165 / 07989 907213
email: caroline.sterritt@feisean.org
or feis_mhoireibh@yahoo.co.uk

Course Guide & Newsletter online now! 2010-08-17

The August issue of our newsletter is currently being mailed out to all our Friends and participants past and present, alongside our Class Guide 2010-2011.

To find out what SC&T have planned for next session, click the links to download the pdf versions. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive hard copies, please contact the office.

Inside the latest newsletter you will find news of our new tutors for 2010-2011, plus
  • class news
  • upcoming events
  • reviews (including NAFCo 2010)
  • a message from SC&T Chairman Richard Ward
SC&T newsletter August 2010




SC&T Course Guide 2010-2011

The SC&T Course Guide 2010-2011 contains all you need to know about classes - what's running and when, course descriptions, a guide to ability levels, how to enroll, a booking form and dates for your diary. Download your copy below.

SC&T Course Guide 2010-2011
Want to join a class? There's still time to enroll - limited places left! 2010-09-09

Have you always wanted to play the clarsach, accordion or harmonica? Or learn to play traditional music along with others or sing Scottish songs? Or perhaps you want to get ready for your next ceilidh dance?

Our traditional Scottish music, song and dance evening classes are filling up fast, but there are still limited places left in some classes.

Classes run on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, beginning the week of 13 September at Harlaw Academy. You can find out more about the classes here

There are still some places left in accordion, banjo, bodhran, ceilidh dance, clarsach*, fiddle*, flute, guitar, harmonica, mandolin*, pipes, song and whistle. But hurry, many classes are filling up fast so register now to avoid disappointment!

The following classes are now full:

  • Guitar Accompaniment 2/3
  • Mixed Instruments 2
  • Mixed Instruments 3
  • Scots Song 3

However, if there is enough demand we may be able to run additional classes, so if you would like to be added to the waiting list please contact the SC&T office and we'll keep you informed.

*SC&T has one set of full Highland pipes, one full-size fiddle, one clarsach and one mandolin for hire.

The Scottish Culture and Traditions Association activities are supported by Aberdeen City Council, by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council and by local organisations and individual supporters and volunteers.

Young SC&T 2010 2010-10-11

This year the Young SC&T Traditional Music School will run from 19-21 October. The traditional music school is for young people aged between 10 and 14.

The three day course will finish with a sharing for friends and families on Saturday 23 October at 12.30pm. All Young SC&T 2010 events will take place in the Lemon Tree, West North Street, Aberdeen.

To find out more or book a place view or download the leaflet.

You can also book a place online by visiting the SC&T shop.

YoungSC&T 2010 a success 2010-10-24

Feedback from YoungSC&T 2010With 15 young people between 7 and 14 signed up for the 3 days of workshops, the second YoungSC&T workshop was a great success. The tutors led by Hazel Thomson worked with the young fiddle players, flute players and guitar player and this culminated in a 20 minute spot on the Lemon Tree Stage on 23 October.

A vote of thanks to the tutor team of Hazel, Laura Lockyer, Kenny Hadden and Martin MacDonald, the volunteers Sandra Thomson, Winnie Middleton and Susan Kirkwood and to David Hunter who helped in the organisation.

The workshop was supported by the Lemon Tree/Aberdeen Performing Arts who suppled the venue and support. a grant from Creative Scotland, Morrisons (who allowed use of their car park) and to SC&T board and volunteers for helping it to happen.

Lemon Tree logoAberdeen Performing Arts logoCreative Scotland logo

Parking at Harlaw 2010-11-08

The new car parking arrangement at the back of the school is working well.

If you do not yet know about this, and wish to avoid paying for on-street parking outside the school, the rear car park is accessed from the left-hand side at the front of the school (past the wheelie bins). To ensure easy access (and avoid dented bodywork!), please avoid causing an obstruction by parking in that area.

If you are still unsure, just ask Jenny at the SC&T desk and she will tell you how to access the rear car park and also how to get to your class from there.

Calling all ceilidh dancers! 2010-11-17

St Andrews Celebrations

Tuesday 30th November, 12 – 2pm

This year, to celebrate St Andrews Day, ACC are planning a huge ceilidh dance event which will take place simultaneously at  Union Square and Bon Accord Centre - complete with satellite link up and radio coverage - and they would love SC&T participants to be involved.

They would like as many ceilidh dancers as possible to take part, so if you are free please come along and show off all the fabulous steps you've learnt at SC&T classes! And if you haven't ceilidh danced before, why not come and see how much fun it can be?

For more info, please contact the SC&T office.

SC&T celebrates St Andrews Day 2010-11-27

SC&T tutors and friends are out in force in Aberdeen city centre this weekend (27th/28th), joining in the city's St Andrews Day celebrations.

There will be free performances throughout the day in all four of the main shopping centres; Bon Accord Centre, Union Square, the Trinity Centre and The Academy.

With traditional music and song from the likes of Fisher Folk, David Anderson, Dave Lorimer, Fearghal McCartan, Christine Kidd, Lewis Kane, Richard Ward and Alison Hester - if you're feeling the cold this weekend, toe tapping to some great tunes might be the best way to keep warm!

Scots Wha Rock! at the Lemon Tree 2010-12-04

Scots Wha Rock!

A Scottish Rock Operetta

Saturday December 4th 1.00pm
At The Lemon Tree
A ‘Scaturday Live’ Event
Entrance Free!

The Story

Jimmy MacGuid comes to Aberdeen in the 1970’s to seek his fortune in the Oil Business. He meets a girl and falls in love but things don’t go to plan for Jimmy.

The Players

‘Scots Wha Rock’ is a very Scottish story told by SC&T tutors and students to an eclectic mix of rock songs and traditional instruments and tunes.
With an age range of thirteen to thirty plus (+++!) there’s something here for all ages.

The Music

Scottish Traditional Music and Song had a substantial influence in the roots of Rock n’Roll, especially in the Southern States of America (did you know the cross on the ’Stars and Bars’ is actually a St Andrews Cross?). Come and see a unique blend of history, culture and tradition!

Scotland's Songs Launched 2010-11-30 Designed particularly for children, using this web site everyone can learn about traditional songs and music, understand themes in Scottish music and find out more about Scotland's instruments, like the bagpipes and the clarsach. Scotland's SongsEwan McVicar's work on this new Scots website for Scotland's school children was launched on 30 November 2010. It contains 120+ songs and 60+ tunes, some in multiple versions.Access to the site is open to all and can be found by googling Learning & Teaching Scotland - or by going direct to http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/scotlandssongs/index.asp

In order to offer guidance in use of the new LTS site, and further support teachers, music specialists, and traditional musicians working in schools Ewan has also created a separate website, at
 http://scotssangsfurschools.webs.com/
Securing Scotlands Traditional Arts 2010-12-05 SC&T welcomes the announcement made by Ms Hyslop, the Scottish Culture Minister at the Hands Up for Trad Awards in Perth on Saturday evening. She announced a range of steps to support traditional arts including "£250,000 will be invested in the traditional arts sector" through Creative Scotland to help do that.

Read more about it here.

The biggest Gay Gordons? 2010-12-07

Dave Lorminer along with several SC&T musicians played at the Bon Accord Centre on St Andrews Day.  In the competition between the Bon Accord Centre and Union Square - linked by large screens - both claimed victory in getting shoppers to participate in a dance.

A record of the event can be seen on the SC&T Myspace site - or click here.

Christmas Concert Running Order 2010-12-12

SC&T Christmas Concert

Sunday 12 December 2010

Running Order

Each group has a MAXIMUM of 5 MINUTES performance time unless otherwise stated. 
PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over.

6:00  FIDDLE 0 – LAURA LOCKYER   

6:05  WHISTLE 0 – EILEEN BRESNAN        

6:10 BODHRAN 0/1 – MAGGIE TRICKEY
(supported by Kathleen Robertson, David Anderson & Dick Trickey)

6:15  YOUNG SC&T

6:20  CLARSACH – FEARGHAL McCARTAN       

6:25  GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT – PETE McCALLUM

6:30  WHISTLE 1 – HELEN LYNCH     

6:35  FIDDLE 2 – SANDY TWEDDLE  

6:40  WHISTLE 2 – JIMMY MITCHELL

6:45  MIXED INSTRUMENTS 3 – DAVID ANDERSON

6:50  FLUTE 2 – KENNY HADDEN

6:55  FIDDLE 1 – CARLEY WILLIAMS         

7:00  SONG 3 – CHRISTINE KYDD      

7:05  HARMONICA 2 – DAVE LORIMER      

7:10  BANJO/MANDOLIN & GUITAR 1 – led by MARTIN MACDONALD

7:15  FIDDLE 3 – LAURA LOCKYER   

7:20  WHISTLE 3 – KENNY HADDEN

7:30  MIXED INSTRUMENTS 2 – SHARON HASSAN
          leading into   

THE STRAMASH

with Christine Kydd leading the Bonnie Ship the Diamond 

  

INFO FOR YOUR CLASS:

The Christmas concert will take place on Sunday 12 December at The Lemon Tree. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. The Lemon Tree has a licensed bar and will provide plates and cutlery. PLEASE encourage your class to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE have your group ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes
before your performance time.

Take the musicality test 2011-01-19

News via  Voluntary Arts Scotland

Tone deaf? Unlikely says doctor behind BBC’s ‘Musicality test’ - posted: 18.1.2011

The BBC is attempting to find out the musical abilities of the nation with its new ‘Musicality test’, and to prove that many of us have more ability than we may think. ‘A very small proportion of the population is truly tone deaf,’ says Dr Daniel Mullensiefen of Goldsmiths University, London, co-creator of the test. Instead, many people simply lack confidence and practice, particularly if their perceived inability to carry a tune was criticised during childhood.

There is no singing involved in the BBC test, just the tapping of beats and sorting clips of music by genre. You can read the article in full, and take the Musicality test yourself, at www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12127843.

Orkney Ceilidh Weekend 2011 2011-02-02

The Orkney Ceilidh Weekend will be held in Kirkwall from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th April. There will be an array of dance workshops, including Irish step Dance and Scandinavian Folk Dancing. It promises to be an exciting weekend and a fabulous opportunity to meet likeminded dance enthusiasts!

If you are interested you can find out more by visiting http://www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/otda/index.asp?pageid=2590

 

Traditional Music Forum Conference, 26 March 2011-02-07

The Traditional Music Forum, Scotland’s network of traditional music organisations, hosts  Trad Talk, its first conference to discuss and debate key issues for our community on March 26.

Speakers include Gary West (School of Scottish Studies), Jennie MacFie (PAN), Jo Miller (Riverside Music Group), Stan Reeves (Adult Learning Project), Kenny Beaton (Tobar an Dualchais/ Kist o Riches), Prof. Alistair McLeery (Napier University),  Sandy Watson (ISLE Music), Barclay Price (Arts and Business), John Morran (TMSA) introducing topics on festivals, touring and venues, community music, cultural memory, and fundraising.  There will also be a special presentation from digital media experts, Inner Ear on digital marketing for trad music.

This will be an essential event on the trad music calendar!  Sign up now at http://tradtalk.eventbrite.com

When: March 26, 2011,10am to 6.30 pm.

Where: Hannah McLure Centre, University of Abertay, Bell St, Dundee

Cost: £30 (booking here)

LGMA mandolin and guitar residential weekend - Wiston Lodge, 6th to 8th May 2011-02-09

LGMA mandolin and guitar residential weekend - Wiston Lodge, 6th to 8th May


This will be a superb weekend (as they always are) and we can cater for complete beginners up to advanced players. It's an intensive weekend and many past participants have said "they learn more on this weekend than they do all year" (no offense at all to our LGMA tutors).

Our tutors this year are, from Germany, Keith Harris, a "god" of the mandolin world and once regarded as the best in the world... and an excellent teacher. Also from Germany Steffie Ruach lead mandolinist with Hessen state orchestra, an outstanding player and teacher, Nigel Gatherer, need I say more, Scotland's leading Celtic mandolin tutor, Adele Neilson Classical Guitar player and teacher who graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy... now tutoring on LGMA weekly classes... she is just superb! Barbara Pommerenke-Steel, course coordinator, Barbara will be putting you through the paces of orchestral playing (yes even the beginners)... a really fun part of the weekend.

If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 01698 457518. We envisage a good response to this and as such applications will be treated on a "first come first served basis".

http://www.mandolinscotland.org

Ian
(Ian Pommerenke-Steel)
Administrator
Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association

TMSA Competitions 2011-02-14

Traditional Competitions

Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building,
Aberdeen University, ABERDEEN AB24 5UA

Singing

Traditional Singing
Bothy Ballad
sea Shanty or Work Song
Free-Style Traditional singing


Instruments

Fiddle
Accordion
Diddling
Melodeon
Tin Whistle
Mouth Organ
Instrumental Groups

Writing / Composing

Song writing
Tune writing
Scots / Doric Verse

Saturday 19th March 2011

Contact jean simpson for an entry form: Tel No 01224 701526 or email jean@roseacre.eclipse.co.uk

Black Isle Fiddle Weekend in Cromarty, 8th-10th July 2011 2011-03-01

Announcing the first 'Black Isle Fiddle Weekend'!

Booking now open for the first Black Isle Fiddle Weekend in Cromarty, 8th-10th July 2011

Do you want to learn from some of the finest fiddle players in Scotland in a unique Highland setting? Join us in Cromarty in July for the first Black Isle Fiddle Weekend.

Intensive tuition in a small class setting, top-notch concerts, informal sessions and of course, great Highland hospitality

Who?

The participant will have classes from each of the 3 tutors. All three are highly sought after tutors and performers.

Charlie McKerron has travelled the world with gaelic supergroup Capercaillie and is a leading exponent of the North-East fiddle style. Shetlander Chris Stout is a founder member of Fiddlers’ Bid and combines his isles' tradition with a strong grounding in classical, jazz and improvisational techniques. Black Isle native Lauren MacColl was recently named Instrumentalist of the Year and has a passion for old Highland melodies. For full tutor biogs visit www.fiddleweekend.com

Where?

The Black Isle Fiddle Weekend will take place in the beautiful historic village of Cromarty , at the Old Brewery – an intimate and homely learning environment. Cromarty lies half an hour north-east of Inverness, the capital of the Highlands . Inverness is on the sleeper line from London and easily accessible by rail, road and a well served airport. (We aim to provide transport to Cromarty for those arriving by rail/bus/air to Inverness if there is demand). The Black Isle is a stunning location for holidays and there is plenty to do for families in the area.

When?

Tuition will take place from midday Friday 8th July until early evening on Sunday 10th. (All levels except from complete beginners catered for) There will be a tutor’s concert on the Friday evening and a concert with special guest  Bruce MacGregor on the Saturday. Sessions will take place throughout the weekend.

Cost?

Tuition Package – £160 (Includes 12 hours of tuition, Entry to Fri and Sat Concerts, Welcome lunch on Friday, lunches on sat/sun). (£50 deposit required to secure your place)

Where can I stay?

Cromarty Old Brewery has 11 bedrooms and will be offering several B&B packages to suit people’s needs. They are also able to provide evening meals and teas/coffees/scones during the teaching day. Please book direct with them : www.cromartytrainingcentre.com

There are various other hotel, B&B and self-catering options in Cromarty. Full details are on www.fiddleweekend.com

For a leaflet and hard-copy booking form please email Lauren at fiddleweekend@me.com

Watch the new Danse McCabre video! 2011-03-02

Danse McCabre have a fabulous new video over on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/DanseMcCabreBand 

There were quite a few SC&T folk at the gig where it was filmed - see who you can spot!

Danse McCabre has built an enviable reputation as THE all-girl ceilidh band in the North of Scotland (and features SC&T whistle tutor and board member, Helen Lynch!). The band also provides music for listening at conference banquets, weddings and other occasions. sitellite/util/snippets (code=6f1d4684101461a17b546126a724a9c4)

TMSA join SC&T's Tuesday session 2011-03-14

The TMSA have had a student completing a work placement project for the last few weeks and this has identified a fabulous opportunity to get students from RGU more involved in the tradition.

To give students the opportunity to get a feel for a traditional session night, the TMSA will be joining SC&T's Tuesday night session at the Glen Tanar on the evening of the 22nd March. Come and join in the fun from 8.00pm onwards - all welcome!

Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail 2011 2011-03-16

Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail 2011

Fèis Spè are again running the Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail in 2011, with support from Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. The first years' programmes received great reviews from all venues, audiences and participants and they are now seeking a new band to tour the Cairngorms National Park area in July 2011. 
Download an application form here

Auditions will be held in Grantown on Spey on SUNDAY 1st MAY and, including a training session, will last most of the day.


It is ESSENTIAL that ALL interested applicants attend this day - travel expenses will be re-imbursed.
Please note deadline and return address for applications.

If you submit an application, you will be sent confirmation of receipt and further details about the training / audition day.

Good luck.

Violin, Fiddle & Viola April workshops 2011-03-16

Download a flyer here

Battle of Harlaw - SC&T Songwriting Competition! 2011-03-22

‘Battle of Harlaw’ Song Writing Competition

The Battle of Harlaw
24 July 1411

As I cam by the Garioch land an doun by Netherha
There were fifty thoosan Hielan men a-marching tae Harlaw
And sing diddy-aye-o sing fal-the-doh sing diddy-aye-o-aye-ay

From the ballad as sung by Jeannie Robertson

To mark the 600-year anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw of 1411, one of the bloodiest battles of the medieval period in Scotland, Scottish Culture and Traditions Association (SC&T) is organising a song writing competition.

The winner will be awarded a cash prize plus the opportunity to perform the song or have it performed by others at a concert on 9 June 2011 in the Town and County Hall of Aberdeen Town House, organised by the Elphinstone Institute.

Prize: £200
Closing date: 9 May 2011

Find out more about the Battle of Harlaw on Historic Scotland's website here>.

Rules

Please read the competitions rules carefully:

    1. Anyone may enter the competition.
    2. Each song submitted must be the contestant's own original work and must not infringe any copyrights or any other rights of any third parties.
    3. A song may have co-writers.
    4. The song must have been written within the past twelve months and have not previously been placed first, second or third in any competition.
    5. Entries must be submitted as mp3 files on a CD, or a memory stick, or as a file attached to an email.
    6. Please submit your entry to SC&T at the address below and mark it ‘Harlaw Song Writing Competition’.
    7. The words of the song, as an MS Word file, must be included, together with your name, full postal address, contact telephone number and an email address.
    8. It is the entrant’s responsibility to check that all recordings and files are playing correctly before submitting his/her work. Faulty non-playing recordings will be void.
    9. No changes may be made to song entries after submission.
    10. Contestants may enter a maximum of two songs.
    11. Songs will be judged on the basis of composition, lyrics, melody, and originality. The quality of performance, vocals and production will not be a consideration.  
    12. The song should reflect in some way the Battle of Harlaw.
    13. The song can be set to an original tune or to a traditional air adapted to suit.
    14. Entry in the SC&T Song Writing Competition constitutes permission to use the winner’s names, recordings, etc., for promotional purposes for SC&T.
    15. All entrants will retain their full ownership and all copyrights to all songs submitted.
    16. The decisions of the SC&T judges will be final in all matters relating to the competition.
    17. All entries must be received by 5.00 pm on the 9 May 2011. Late entries will not be accepted.

To print out a copy of the rules click here. You can also email the SC&T Office office@scottishculture.org with your name and postal address to have a copy posted out to you.

Classes Programme 2011-12 Launched 2011-07-24

A showcase of tutors launched the SC&T Classes programme at The Lemon Tree on Saturday.

You can view a copy of this via the link below and printed leaflets will be available from next Saturday (Tartan Day). Online bookings are preferred and these will open on 1st August. If you have not booked online with us before, we use Paypal for payments so you will find booking simpler if you have set this up first.

Evening Classes at Harlaw Academy

SC&T Autumn term begins Monday 13 September 2010.

Classes run for 10 weeks* and take place from 7.00pm - 9.00pm at Harlaw Academy.

*unless otherwise stated

Download a Course Guide 2011-2012

End of Term Concert Running Order 2011-03-24

SC&T End of Term Concert

Harlaw Academy, Sunday 27th March, 6.00pm

Running Order

Each group has a MAXIMUM of 7 MINUTES performance time (includes getting on/off stage) unless otherwise stated. 

PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over. Download a printable version here.

6.00 - FIDDLE 0 - LAURA LOCKYER
 
6.07 - WHISTLE 1 - HELEN LYNCH
 
6.14 - SONG 2 - CHRISTINE KYDD
 
6.21 - FIDDLE 2 - SANDY TWEDDLE
 
6.28 – BODHRAN 0/1 - MAGGIE TRICKEY

6.35 – MIXED INSTRUMENTS 3 – DAVID ANDERSON
 
6.42 - FIDDLE 3 - LAURA LOCKYER
 
6.49 - HARMONICA 2 - DAVE LORIMER
 
6.56 - FLUTE 1/2 - KENNY HADDEN
 
7.03- FIDDLE 1 - CARLEY WILLIAMS
 
7.10 - BANJO/MANDOLIN 1/2 and GUITAR 3 - MARTIN MacDONALD
 
7.17 - PIPES 2/3 - IAN SUTHERLAND
 
7.24 - MIXED INSTRUMENTS – SHARON HASSAN
 
7.31 - WHISTLE 3 -  KENNY HADDEN
 
7.38 – STEP DANCE – Self-led group
 
7.45 - SONG 3 - CHRISTINE KYDD
 
8.02 – CEILIDH DANCERS (accomp. by Sandy Tweddle) – LYNN SAUNDERS

           

THE STRAMASH
Lead by Sharon Hassan and Friends. Christine Kydd with Song 3 to lead Auld Lang Syne to finish.        

INFO FOR YOUR CLASS:

The END OF TERM concert will take place on SUNDAY 27 MARCH at Harlaw Academy. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’ as well as alcoholic beverages for your own consumption (bring your own cups, plates, etc).

PLEASE encourage your class to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE have your group ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time.

Strings 'n' Things - SC&T Children's Fiddle Classes begin in May 2011-04-06

Strings 'n' Things

Children’s Fiddle Classes

Every Saturday from 7th May 2011, 11.30am - 1.00pm

Strings ‘n’ Things is a chance for young fiddle players to come together and gain experience of playing in a group setting. It's a fabulous opportunity to meet other kids with the same interest and have fun playing tunes together.

SC&T tutor Laura Lockyer (Fiddle 0, Fiddle 3, Session Playing 2) will work with the young fiddlers to build sets of tunes which they will have the opportunity to perform at the SC&T end of term concerts and Lemon Tree lunchtime slots.

While the classes are initially aimed at young fiddle players, other instruments could be catered for if there is enough demand - please contact the SC&T office initially to note your interest in classes for another instrument and we'll keep you posted.

Class Info:

£6.00* per child per class / £30.00* for a block of six classes
Suitable for under 16s and all ability levels

There will be a break during the class and refreshments (juice and biscuits) are included in the price. Classes will be held at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen, every Saturday from 7th May, 11.30am - 1.00pm.

As the classes finish at 1pm, why not stay and listen to the SC&T Saturday 'Lunchtimes at the Lemon Tree' traditional music performance and have a bite to eat!

Contact the SC&T Office for a booking form or download the online version here

*Discounts may be available for children of parents in receipt of benefits, please contact the SC&T office initially to discuss this informally.

SC&T @ WORD, May 2011-04-21

SC&T @ WORD 

In partnership with Aberdeen's Word Festival 2011, SC&T presents daily musical performances by some of Aberdeen's leading traditional musicians in the Word Café, Elphinstone Hall, where you'll be able to enjoy the live music with a post-event glass of wine.

13th-15th May, 5pm - 6.30pm, Word Café in Elphinstone Hall:
Friday - Yousedancin'
Saturday - Danse McCabre
Sunday - Straefoot

New addition to the music programme:
Friday 7pm & Sunday 1pm - Moonbow in Elphinstone Hall

Clarsach workshop 2011 announced! 2011-05-03

SC&T are delighted to announce our popular weekend clarsach workshop will be held on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June. Led by leading Scottish harper Wendy Stewart, it will take place in the hall on the picturesque Grandhome Estate.

Wendy Stewart is a critically acclaimed, world class performer who connects with the listener at a deep musical level and a renowned teacher who coaxes the budding musician out of the hesitant beginner.

Workshop info:
£30.00 / £25.00 per day (Friends of SC&T & under 16s)

Saturday 25th June, 9.30am for 10am - 4.00pm (with 1 hour for lunch), beginning/intermediate players*

Sunday 26th June, 9.30am for 10am - 4.00pm (with 1 hour for lunch), intermediate/advanced*

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT AS PLACES WILL BE LIMITED
(max 20 participants each day).

*players of any level can attend on each day (for example, teachers who would like to learn new tunes to teach).

Saturday 25th June, 7.30pm, Evening Buffet.
To allow us to gauge numbers, please indicate on the booking form if you plan to attend.

For more information contact the SC&T office on 01224 591900
email office@scottishculture.org

Click here to download the booking form online

SC&T at Stonehaven 2011-07-04

We hope you will come along and join in the SC&T Slow Session at the Stonehaven Folk Festival. Saturday 9th July at the Belvedere Hotel from 12 to 2 pm.

For information about all the Stonehaven Folk Festival events including workshops and sessions click here.

And the (Battle of Harlaw) winner was...... 2011-07-12

'Battle of Harlaw' Song Writing Competition

The winning song was "Carrion Craw" (words) by Tom Clelland. This was described by the judges as having "strong dramatic lyric, good original melody, great connection with the battle of Harlaw, and original take, contemporary and retreat march feel, well crafted, great use of Scots, the song takes you on a journey somewhere".

There were eight entries. The judges gave a "special mention" to "Harlaw Rant" (words) by Eric White and "The Mothers Regret" (words) by Pauline Cordiner.



Background:

'Battle of Harlaw' Song Writing Competition

The Battle of Harlaw
24 July 1411

To mark the 600-year anniversary of the Battle of Harlaw of 1411, one of the bloodiest battles of the medieval period in Scotland, Scottish Culture and Traditions Association (SC&T) organised a song writing competition.

The winner was awarded a cash prize plus the opportunity to perform the song at the concert on 9 June 2011 in the Town and County Hall of Aberdeen Town House, organised by the Elphinstone Institute.

SC&T Perform for Tartan Day 2011-07-29

SC&T has a prominent role at Tartan Day this Saturday as we continue the launch of our September evening classes programme. Our activities will be based in a marquee outside Provost Skene's House where we will be having taster sessions between 12.30pm and 3.30pm. Some SC&T instruments will be available to try and we can answer any questions you have.
Beyond the marquee, there are various performance venues where SC&T will be providing the entertainment, the latest schedule can be found here. The classes programme can be picked up for the marquee. If you are out and about, please wear your SC&T t-shirts, as we want to use Saturday to put SC&T on the map, a programme in the pocket and new enrolments in the diary.

Autumn class enrolment opens 2011-08-03 The latest on prices, Friends donations and volunteering.

You can now enrol online, here.

Hint:- It is a good idea to set up a Paypal account first as this makes the ordering process easier. We use Paypal (a large organisation) so that you do not have to entrust us (a small organisation) with your banking details.

Class Fees 2011 Autumn term - 10 weeks

£86.00 Full fee
£60.00 Pensioner/Full-time student
£43.00 Benefits/Unemployed

New - Friends of SC&T

Be a Friend
We have a subscription membership - Friends of SC&T. Membership is not necessary to enrol in the classes or join in the fun but, if you wish to show support and make things happen, please make a Friends donation while booking your class. Friends of SC&T receive newsletters with information and news of SC&T and other events.

Changes for 2011
We continue to offer subsidised fees, thanks to our funding partners. At £4.30 per hour, SC&T classes represent outstanding value for money. The level of funding SC&T receive is, however, less this year:
the proportion of the budget that must be raised though class fees has risen from a third to a half. It is for these reasons that we are changing the Friends benefits as we are no longer able to offer a Friends discount. We do recognise that Friends offers a way to support SC&T beyond class  membership and a way of keeping in touch with SC&T news and activities.
(If you already had a friends membership then we recognise that we have changed the terms of the agreement - removing discount entitlement. In this case we can offer a refund to those who would prefer not to donate the remainder. Please apply for a refund to office@scottishculture.org)

Donations
Please show your support by continuing to be a Friend of SC&T. Friends can contribute £10 or more via the web site either as part of a class booking or separately, at any time. If you would like to donate in a different way, please do get in touch.

Volunteer
While tutors and some administrative effort is paid, much of SC&T runs on voluntary effort. Activities are coordinated by a managing Board and range from events organising and web administration to photography. If you have skills that could help SC&T continue to thrive and you share our love for tradition and appreciation for cultural heritage, do get in touch.

You may enrol online for classes, here.

Tickets on sale for Workshops and Concert on 24th Sept 2011-09-19

Tickets are now on sale for the Workshops & Performance with students from the Plockton National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and guests
Saturday 24th September at Queen's Cross Church, Aberdeen. Book online now!

SC&T welcomes University and College students 2011-09-19 launching a new Student Start concessionary rate

Student Start is a new concessionary rate being launched for the first time this year. SC&T Classes get under way 2 weeks before the student community returns to Aberdeen. Most classes still have a few spare places available so Student Start lets students start on the week of the 26th Sept for the remaining 8 weeks of classes for the bargain price of £48. Note, however, that Monday the 26th is an Aberdeen holiday so for Monday classes the start date is Mon 3rd Oct and another Monday will be added on at the end. Book now online to join us for some Scottish Culture and Traditions and remember to select the Student Start concession.

Tuesday Session 2011-09-20 O'Donoghue's, Justice Mill Lane

The Tuesday Session will be in O'Donoghue's, Justice Mill Lane, Aberdeen after classes tonight, 20th Sept. Laura Lockyer has talked to the management and says we are assured of a good welcome.

Spring Sing 2012 bookings now open 2011-10-31

Click here to book online. Only 25 places for this one day workshop with Karine Polwart so book early!

Participants Survey NOW OPEN 2011-11-28

We need your feedback on our classes and the effectiveness of SC&T. Paper forms can be provided but help us 'go green' by filling it in Online. This survey will be open till classes restart in January.

End of Term Concert 2011-12-06 The Christmas concert will take place on Sunday 11 December at The Lemon Tree. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm.

The Christmas concert will take place on Sunday 11th December at The Lemon Tree. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. The Lemon Tree has a licensed bar and will provide plates and cutlery. PLEASE do stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE be ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time. Click here for the complete runnining order.

O'Donoghues Sessions - back again 2012-01-17

The O'Donoghues Sessions were a great success in the autumn of 2011 and are back in full force from 17th January. Join us from 9 pm each Tuesday evening for a friendly enthusiastic session of traditional music.

There is Nothing Like a Dane 2012-02-22

Between 18th and 20th May we will be hosting 20 musicians and dancers from Denmark. There will be music and dance workshops and sessions over three days, but we need hosts to accommodate one, two, or even more, of our guests from Thursday 17th to Monday 21st May. If you can help please email office@scottishculture.org or contact whistle tutor Helen Lynch.

Summer Term Classes 2012-04-16 The (Updated) classes guide is available and places can be bought online from 1st April.

Classes for the 6 week Summer Term have been finalised and a flyer is available here. Note that song classes have changed form earlier versions of flyer: Natalie will take the Tuesday song class and there will be no song on class Wednesday.

This includes a mix of continuing classes plus some new offerings. Martin MacDonald will be offering a Ukulele class - testing the demand for this topical instrument. Frances has also has also re-presented the 'Scottish Musical Traditions' class to catch the eye of her audience.

The online shop is being prepared this week and classes will be available to book on-line from 1st April.  

Note that the level 0 classes (with the exception of Ukulele) have been running since the Autumn so complete beginners may wish to wait until our next level 0 start in Autumn 2012. A Harmonica 0 workshop is being run on 27th March to help bridge this gap and help some new participants into the Summer Term Harmonica Level 0 class. 

Videos from the end of term concert 2012-04-23

Videos from the end of term concert on 1 April 2012 are now available from SC&T's myspace - see the link at the foot of the home page.

There are 5 videos showing different class groups at the concert - and a bonus video of extracts from the December 2011 concert.

Fiddle classes http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111192166
Mandolin and flute http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111191473
Pipes and bodhran http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111191636
Step and ceilidh dance http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111191779
Harmonica and mixed instrument 3 http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111190619

And December 2011 concert http://www.myspace.com/video/rid/111190277

The Pitscurry Pillaging 2012-05-19 SC&T and the visiting Ribe Spillemandslaug (Vikings from Denmark) entertained at Pitscurrey

Well, the Vikings certainly took Pitscurry by storm when they invaded en masse brandishing fiddles, whistles and accordions.  The event was blessed with the first dry, sunny day in a long time and a steady stream of nearly 500 people came to join in the day’s fun.

After playing in the quad for an hour Ribespill went for a musical tour of the extensive grounds singing and playing as they went, much to the amazement and delight of the onlookers.

Much thanks to the faithful SC&T members who gave of their time to continue the musical theme for a further three hours in the afternoon.  At one point we had three groups of musicians entertaining around the gardens.  The special prize for perseverance must go to SC&T member Ian Pyper who played for a solid five hours on the day - dedication above and beyond.  Thanks also to New Community Church (Inverurie) who supplied and looked after the PA system and brought much welcome hot tea and bannocks to the beleaguered musicians.


Anne Bissett, Day Services Manager for Pitscurry was delighted with the support from SC&T on a day which raised just over £2000 for a very worthwhile cause. Anne said “There have been lots of comments from many people who said how much they enjoyed the music as well as the singing and many are talking about next year”.

So who knows, SC&T members, this may well become yet another annual event to add to your musical calendar.

Gordon Skinner.

Gadies performance series 2012-06-05 Running from 3rd June through August

SC&T is organising a series of performances at Gadie's, Ryehill, Oyne form 1pm to 2pm on the following Sundays:

JUNE
Sunday 3rd June - FolkAye: Grace Banks (vocals, clarsach), Helen Lynch (vocals, whistles), Louisa Costelloe (concertina, clarsach), Koshka Duff (keyboard, cello), Oscar Pallares (bodhran, Galician pipes)
Sunday 10th - Pete Saunders (flute, vocals, banjo, guitar) and Friends
Sunday 17th - Blyde Lasses - Shetland Duo: Claire White (fiddle, vocals), Frances Wilkins ( concertina, vocals)
Sunday 24th - Dave Lorimer ‘One Man and his Moothie’ (guitar, moothie & vocals)
JULY
Sunday 1st - Kenny Hadden (flute, whistles) and Friends
Sunday 8th - Finn O’Neil (vocals, guitar)
Sunday 15th - Sharon Hassan (fiddle) and Pete MacCallum (vocals, guitar)
Sunday 22nd - Laldy ( includes fiddle, mandolin, whistle, guitar)
Sunday 29th - Kydd Wilkins Duo; Christine Kydd (vocals, guitar), Frances Wilkins (concertina, vocals)
AUGUST
Sunday 5th - Canty Quines: Susan Kirkwood, Catriona Smith and Shirley Watt with Lee Ross (fiddle) and Maurice Henderson (Guitar)
Sunday 12th - Bob Knight (singer/songwriter, with guitar) and Friends
Sunday 19th - CAFI Scottish Quartet: Cait Lennox (vocals, fiddle) Annie Lennox (vocals, fiddle, clarsach) Freya Hall (vocals, fiddle, recorder) Ian Hall (cello, recorders)
Sunday 26th - Alrika: Alison Hester (vocals, whistle), Richard Ward (vocals, guitar), Karen Ward (vocals, clarsach).

YoungSC&T 2012 2012-06-05 Young SC&T is an exciting opportunity for children P4 – P7 to participate in Aberdeen International Youth Festival (AIYF) whilst developing and exploring their skills in traditional music.

Learning from experienced tutors, the young talent will be engaged in a week long series of intensive classes to help younger musicians extend their repertoires in Scottish Traditional Music. Participants will perform at the university on August 3rd, 4.30pm to show off their new skills to a live audience.

To qualify, young people should be able to play some simple tunes on an instrument. The classes run from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August 2012 from 10am until 3pm. The course will be held at Aberdeen University and costs £50. Drinks will be provided, but each child is asked to bring their own lunch.

For the enrolment form click here

The tutors are Kenny Hadden, Laura Lockyer and Martin MacDonald.
Main instruments will be whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar but other instruments may be possible - please ask.
There will be an opportunity to try a second instrument.
Aberdeen Highland Games 2012-06-15 Scottish Entertainment Marquee, music and song with SC&T 12 - 5pm

Scottish Entertainment Marquee
Hazelhead Park, Sunday 17th June, music and song with SC&T

12 - 5pm

Programme
12.00 David Anderson and Friends
12.20 Maggie Trickey with the Bodhran Class
12.40 Alrika
1.00 Laura Lockyer and Friends
Laura’s Session and Fiddle 0 Classes
2.05 Dave Lorimer with the Moothie Classes
2.25 Folk Aye
2.45 Martin Macdonald with the Ukulele Class
3.05 Danse McCabre
3.55 Sharon Hassan with the North East Fiddle Collective and Sharons Mixed Instruments class.

Pitmedden Music Festival on 23rd June 2012-06-23

Just a reminder that on Saturday 23rd June there's an open day at Pitmedden Gardens hosting traditional music and other events - Dave Lorimer (SC&T harmonica tutor) will be holding a slow session of easy tunes in the 'Implement Shed' from 12.45 to 1.30pm! See Pitmedden-Music-Festival for other performers and venue information.

Stonehaven Folk Festival (5th-8th July) 2012-06-24 An Update from Charlie West

Hi Folks - a quick plug to promote the Stonehaven Folk Festival
 
The Festival runs from the 5th-8th July. Plenty of SC&T input with most of the Friday night Concert Ceilidh being a showcase of the talents of SC&T tutors, in fact I've just realised that apart from Barbara Dymock herself, everyone else is a past or present tutor at SC&T.
 
Saturday night showcases the North East Folk Collective directed by Sharron Hassan supporting Thalla, Brian McNeill and the Old Blind Dogs. Sunday night we have the BBC Young Tradition Musician of the year Rona Wilkie with Marit Falt plus the Paul McKenna Band and the Fred Morrison Trio.
 
There will also be many sessions around the town, some led by Festival artist, plus the Saturday SC&T slow session with Sandy Tweddle. We also have a range of workshops - learning new tunes with Brian McNeill on Fiddle, Scottish Finger Style Guitar with John Carnie, Irish Song with Len Graham and on Sunday, Appalachian Fiddle with Rona Wilkie, Guitar Accompaniment with Matheu Watson, Bodhran with Martin O'Neil and Small pipes and Whistle with Fred Morrison. Plus - the Steenhive Big Sing a two day singing workshop led by Christine Kydd. Two open air (weather permitting) concerts on Saturday at the Plainstones on Saturday and the Putting Green on Sunday, part of the Cowie Family Fringe.
 
Singers are well represented with the Saturday afternoon singaround led by Danny Couper and Arthur Watson, the Late night SIngers Club hosted by Bob Sharp, the tradition Bearers concert on SUnday afternoon followed by the Chorus Cup competition at the Belvedere.
 
And for the lighter side of things - there is the World Papr'n'Comb Championships on Saturday afternoon, this year with a 60's theme (the 1960's), and the wonderful Aqua Ceilidh on Sunday morning dancing the North east Folk Collective Ceilidh Big Band.
 
Something for everyone, we hope :o) all details and more from www.stonehavenfolkfestival.co.uk
 
thanks,
 
Charlie.

YoungSC&T 2012 2012-08-04

YoungSC&T mascotA week-long workshop was held for P4-P7 children from 30 July to 3 August 2012. It was part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival and complements the traditional music activities (Splore and Ceol Mor) for the older groups.

The tutors were Kenny Hadden, Laura Lockyer and Martin MacDonThe fiddle group at the concert for parentsald with support from Hazel Thomson and Susan Kirkwood. 13 young people attended during the week and took part in a concert for parents and friends along with Splore on Friday afternoon.

We hope that the young people will also take part in the SC&T concert in December.

Gadies performance by CAFI 2012-08-19

SC&T is organising a series of performances at Gadie's, Ryehill, Oyne form 1pm to 2pm on Sundays. The latest in this series will be on Sunday 19th August.

CAFI are Cait, Annie (Lennox) Freya, Iain (Hall) all aged 13-16. The Lennoxes are from North West Aberdeenshire and the Halls from Aberdeen.
They struck up a friendship through the years at the World Burns Federation Festivals and decided to form a band to do their own arrangements of Burns and Scots songs and tunes.  Between them they play cello, fiddle, recorder, clarsach and piano and have fine voices.
They formed in 2009 and have played at the Portsoy Boat Festival, Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Highland Games and at conferences and festivals for the World Burns Federation.  They recently performed at a concert in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh with some young Burns enthusiasts from St Petersburg and regularly appear with the Bel Canto group of singers throughout the north east of Scotland.

Cait (17) and Annie Lennox (15) are both pupils of The Gordon Schools, Huntly.  They sing, play fiddle and Clarsach and dance.
As well as CAFI, Cait and Annie are members of many groups including the National Youth Choir of Scotland NGC, the North East Folk Collective, the Strathspey Fiddlers, Aurora Choir and Aurora Productions. They have spent the summer touring Ireland, Canada and America with their fiddle groups, have sung in the Usher Hall as part of the Edinburgh Festival 2012 and at Balmoral Castle to celebrate the passing of the Olympic Torch.

Iain (16) and Freya Hall (14) are both pupils of Robert Gordon’s College.  They started their musical education on recorder with Rosalind Coleman, and are now grateful to be able to pursue their studies with the visiting specialist at the North East of Scotland Music School, Professor Ian Wilson.  They attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) Junior Department on Saturdays where they receive a variety of musical tuition.
As well as CAFI, Iain and Freya are members of many chamber groups including the North East of Scotland Music School String Quartet. They both have places in the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland and Grampian Youth Orchestra.    Freya was delighted to lead the National Childrens’ Orchestra of Scotland this year.

SC&T's new Patron - Alasdair Fraser 2012-12-02 At a reception in the Music Hall on 2nd December 2012, Alasdair Fraser was welcomed as a Patron of SC&T. Alasdair led one of the first SC&T workshops - on a snowy January day in Banchory in 1998 (?), so we were delighted that he agreed to become a Patron of SC&T.

Richard Ward welcomed Alasdair in the presence of SC&T tutors, board members and other volunteers. Cllr John Reynolds, Deputy Provost of Aberdeen and representatives of Aberdeen Performing Arts and other organisations also joined us for the event.

Fiddle workshop - Friday 7th December 2012-12-05 Gabe McVarish fiddle workshop - and Daimh concert in the evening at Woodend Barn

Gabe McVarish will be giving a fiddle workshop from 4:30pm on Friday 7th December. Registration is £10. Call the Barn Box Office to book - 01330 825431.  To quote from his website:-

Gabe McVarish originally from California and now living in Arisaig in the West Highlands of Scotland, was twice winner of the Junior US National Scottish Fiddle Championship by the age of seventeen. He studied music under fiddler Angus Grant Sr., and earned a BA in traditional music at Glasgow’s R.S.A.M.D. Gabe has played and recorded with a rich diversity of bands including Clíar, Kathleen MacInnes, and Ewan Robertson, and plays regularly with Dannsa. Gabe is one of the founding members of the sensational Gaelic band Dáimh

Get into the Christmas spirit with Daimh at Woodend Barn on the Friday evemomg
See http://www.woodendbarn.co.uk/event/woodend-barn/daimh-christmas-show

FESTiRIBE Trip Bookings Open 2012-12-14 Form and deposit due by 22 Dec

Following the great time we had hosting the Danes in May 2012, a rematch is planned in Ribe, Denmark around the 8th June 2013, when the Ribe Spillemandslaug participate in FESTiRIBE.
Preparations are in two parts. The first is to run an Instrumental Performance Group class. Here, Sharon Hassan leads a class that prepares and rehearses the performance and dance repertoire the group will take to Denmark. This takes place in Aberdeen and is organised by SC&T as classes are our core activity. With 10 weeks rehearsal, this is sounding great already! Note that you do not need to be in this class to travel but you will need to learn the performance and dance sets posted by Sharon.
The Second part is the trip to Denmark itself. This is a separate, self financing, endeavour undertaken by the travelling members (as holiday planning is not really core SC&T activity) – Hector has offered to lead this part.  The current plan is to run this in a similar way to the Danish visit to Aberdeen, with Scottish visitors being accommodated by Danish hosts.
Group travel takes a bit of coordination and forward planning so those planning to travel with the group must complete a sign-up form and get this to Hector Forsyth with a £60 deposit by 22nd December. Once we know how many want to go, KLM will reserve seats and provide us with estimated costs. Those making their own travel arrangements to Ribe should also complete a sign-up form, though this is not needed before the 22nd December. Independent travellers will also need to make a contribution to group costs 40 days before departure.
BOOK NOW. The sign-up form can be found, here. The outline plan so far can be found, here, in mind map form – do zoom in and browse around as there is a lot of detail.
If demand is high, priority will be given to folk that hosted Danes back in May and members of the current Instrumental Performance Group class.
Any questions can be emailed to office@scottishculture.org and Hector will answer (and share in an FAQ list if that is appropriate).

Further reading on Ribe at visitribe.dk where they have an online version of their 2012 guide.

End of Term Concert 2012-12-16 The Lemon Tree. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm

Running Order

Each group has a MAXIMUM of 5 MINUTES performance time unless otherwise stated. 
PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over.

6:00  INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE GROUP – SHARON HASSAN    

6:05  BODHRAN 0/1 – MAGGIE TRICKEY

6:10 FIDDLE 1 – CAROL ANDERSON

6:15  WHISTLE 0/1 – HELEN LYNCH

6:20  YOUNG SCAT – SHARON HASSAN, LAURA LOCKYER AND MARTIN MACDONALD

6:30  FIDDLE 2 – SANDY TWEDDLE

6:35  FIDDLE 0 – HANNAH GRAHAM

6:40  GUITAR 0 – JOSH McGREGOR 

6:45  SCOTS SONG 3 – GRACE BANKS    

6:50  GUITAR 1 – MARTIN MACDONALD

6:55  SESSION PLAYING 2 – LAURA LOCKYER

7:00  MIXED INSTRUMENTS 3 – DAVID ANDERSON

7:05  GUITAR ACCOMP. – PETE MacCALLUM

7:10  FLUTE 1 – KENNY HADDEN     

7:15  BANJO/MANDOLIN 1/2 – MARTIN MACDONALD        

7:20  HARMONICA 0/2 – DAVE LORIMER  

7:25  WHISTLE 2 – JIMMY MITCHELL

7:30  STEP DANCE – PETRA LOUIS AND MARGARET GIBSON

7:35  UKULELE – MARTIN MACDONALD

7:40  PIPES – IAN SUTHERLAND       

7:45  FIDDLE 3 – CARLEY WILLIAMS

7:50  CEILIDH DANCERS – LYNN SAUNDERS
          leading into
         
THE STRAMASH
          Led by Carley Williams with common tunes; Cropie’s, The Rock and Wee Pickle Tow, The Ale is Dear our song will be The Tail Toddle     

INFO FOR YOUR CLASS:

The Christmas concert will take place on Sunday 16th December at The Lemon Tree. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. The Lemon Tree has a licensed bar and will provide plates and cutlery. PLEASE encourage your class to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE have your group ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time.

Here, is a printable version.

SC&T Spring Sing 2013 2013-02-23 Janet led amusing songs... plus a look ahead to 2014.

The Tenth Spring Sing was held on 23rd February 2013. It was led by Janet Weatherston a very well-known traditional Scots singer with a strong style.  Janet led the singers in a small selection of her songs, many sourced from her family. Only one death mentioned - amusing songs sung in a warm sunny room in good company

The next Spring Sing is already booked for Saturday 22nd February 2014 . We are hoping to confirm soon that Steve Byrne. http://www.stevebyrne.co.uk/  will lead us that day.  Make a note now..

Folk Aye at Buchanan's Bistro 24th March 2013-03-13 March 24th sees the fifth in the SC&T Fourth Sundays series at Buchanan’s Bistro in Woodend Barn, Banchory.

 Folk AyeThis month’s offering features Folk Aye, providing a varied programme of lively Scottish tunes, with the occasional Irish jig and Galician song thrown in: Grace Banks (clarsach, vocals), Louisa Costelloe (concertina, clarsach), Koshka Duff (keyboard, cello), Helen Lynch (whistle, vocals) and Oscar Pallares (bodhran, vocals, Galician pipes).

Music is from 1-2 pm. Tel. 01330 826530 to book a table http://www.buchananfood.com .

Young SC&T 2013 2013-05-01 29th July - 2nd August. In association with AIYF

The Young SC&T summer course for 8-12 year olds will run again this year in association with the Aberdeen YoungSC&T group 2012International Youth Festival. The dates are 29th July - 2nd August 2013 at the University with a final concert in the MacRobert building alongside young people from the Splore course.

If you are over 12 years of age you might like to apply for the Splore course which is for older young people! We will hopefully be performing a few items together with them at the concert for a finale.

The application form for the Young SC&T summer course can be downloaded at  http://www.scottishculture.org/index/cms-filesystem-action/events13/young%20sc&t%20application.pdf .


May Festival: Day Of Song 2013-05-11

A DAY OF SONG
'A Day of Song' aims to raise the profile of contemporary traditional singing as an art form and to raise awareness of the rich resources available to today's singers of the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, gathered here in the North-East of Scotland between 1904 and 1914.

We aim to create a celebration and encourage young singers, and those new to the art, to see the potential for artistic development and new interpretations of this repertoire.

For bookings, visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/events/2502/
You can pay on the door - no problem!
(There are some free tickets for AU students and staff - email festival@abdn.ac.uk)

We hope you can join us for our Day of Song at the Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building King's College, Aberdeen AB24 5UA
THE PROGRAMME
10:00-10:30 Registration
10:30-11:15 The Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, with Katherine Campbell
11:30-12:30 Language and the Land - North-East Scots in Song, with Frieda Morrison, with Aileen Carr and Scott Gardiner

1:45-3:00 Workshops
Singing the Greig-Duncan: Learning Songs from the Collections, with Jo Miller
Ensemble Singing, with Christine Kydd

3:30-4:45 Workshops
Local Songs for Local Singers, with Arthur Watson
Songwriting using Scots, with Bob Knight

7:00-10:00 Evening Concert
With Frieda Morrison (compere) with Sarah Beattie, Christine Kydd, Janice Reavell, Scott Gardiner, Aileen Carr, and Elizabeth Stewart

For more information and bookings, visit http://www.abdn.ac.uk/mayfestival/events/2502/


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Return from FestiRibe 2013-06-12 30 musicians and dancers from SC&T made the return visit to Ribe for a long weekend in early June. Along with Group photo in Ribethe RIBE DANSE- og SPILLEMANDSLAUG, they played outdoors in Ribe town centre and on the island of Rømø (and some on Føne) and at the Viking Centre. 

FestiRibe was on the Saturday with the morning's playing in the town centre, workshops with tunes and dance in the afternoon followed by dinner and a ceilidh with both Danish and Scottish musicians providing the music for the dancing.

First getting-to-know-you session on Thursday in RibeEveryone was looked after well by the Danish hosts and there was even time to visit the town (the oldest in Denmark) and the islands of the Wadden Sea close by.

A big thank you to all the hosts and to David (ex-SC&T now living in Denmark) who made the connections for us, to Sharon who led the music and Hector who made the arrangements. And thanks to everyone who participated.
July 28th at Buchanan's 2013-07-09 Maggie and Dick Trickey along with grandson Stuart will be playing at Buchanan's on 28th July from 1 to 2 pm.

To book a table go to http://www.buchananfood.com/barn.html

Stuart with Maggie and Dick TrickeyMaggie and Dick have been SC&T tutors for many years now and are seen around the folk music scene up and down the country from Cornwall to Aberdeenshire as folk duo 'Bridge the Gap'.
Maggie and Dick have been playing with Stuart (and his older brother)  since he was very young and that so far this year he has been winning many competitions in junior fiddle up and down the country. Calum Stewart (Scottish flute) and Heikki Bourgault (Breton guitar) to play Aberdeen Folk Club 2013-07-17 Hot tip from our flute tutor, Kenny Hadden

North-of Scotland flute player Calum Stewart, with Breton guitar player Heikki Bourgault,will be appearing at Aberdeen Folk Club on Wednesday 17th July.

The venue is the function-room of  “The Blue Lamp” pub at 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, commencing at 8.30pm.

Tickets will be on sale at the door, and will be £8.00 for non-club members, and £6.00 for club-members.

Some reviews  :

“This is captivating music from two young masters”.

Alex Monaghan, “Irish Music Magazine”

“Highly recommended for lovers of folk music and for music lovers generally”.

Robert Bigio, “Flute - The Journal of the British Flute Society”

“Calum's mastery of the Wooden Flute and Heikki's mastery of the “dadgad”-tuned Guitar, refreshingly infuses new life into an instrumental genre, embodied in this beautifully detailed and balanced sequence of melodies and dance music”.

Yann Bertrand, “Musique Bretonne” magazine

“Virtuoso musicians, Scottish flutist Calum Stewart and guitarist Heikki Bourgault of Brittany, here combine their very considerable musical talents and their quest for perfection, to entrance us with new music, as yet unpublished”.

“Forces Paralleles” magazine

On “Youtube” :

Calum plays “Tullochgorum” :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvKXuZVzrqM

Live, Lorient Festival, Brittany2011

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKihmny38Cs

Check their website at   :  www.calumheikki.com

Another successful YoungSC&T 2013-08-04 In association with AIYF, YoungSC&T was held at New Kings, Aberdeen University at the end of July.

21 young YoungSC&T2013people - including three 7-year olds - took part in a packed week of making music. It culminated with a concert with the older AIYF group, Splore, to friends and parents.

Sharon Hassan and her team of tutors and the SC&T volunteers also enjoyed the week, and we look forward to seeing the young people over the years as they continue their interest in Scottish music. Alrika at Buchanans 22 September 2013-09-13 Alrika will be performing at Buchanans' restaurant on Sunday 22 September between 1 and 2 p.m
Alrika will be performing at Buchanans' restaurant on Sunday 22 September between 1 and 2 p.m. Good music and great food (AND the other way round?).

Traditional and contemporary songs and tunes on clarsach, guitar, whistle and fiddle by Alison Hester (voice and whistle), Karen Ward (voice, clarsach (celtic harp) and whistle) and Richard Ward (voice and guitar).
Alrika at Buchanans 22 September 2013-09-13 Alrika will be performing at Buchanans' restaurant on Sunday 22 September between 1 and 2 p.m
Alrika will be performing at Buchanans' restaurant on Sunday 22 September between 1 and 2 p.m. Good music and great food (AND the other way round?).

Traditional and contemporary songs and tunes on clarsach, guitar, whistle and fiddle by Alison Hester (voice and whistle), Karen Ward (voice, clarsach (celtic harp) and whistle) and Richard Ward (voice and guitar).
Tonight! Blue Lamp, Enrolment + tunes 2013-09-16 Tutors Old-Style Ceilidh at tonight's enrolment evening.

SC&T are trying a new style enrolment night, tonight. It will be held at the big room of the Blue Lamp on Gallowgate, Aberdeen. From 7pm to 9pm you can come and be entertained by the tutors, ask any questions and enrol for this term's evening classes.

An Old-Style Ceilidh is more about sharing party pieces to entertain than the dancing Ceilidhs that are more common today.

Wild Music in the Wild Garden 2013-10-06 Woodend Barn, Banchory, 3pm

Wild Music in the Wild Garden
Woodend Barn, Banchory
6th October 3pm

Join us in the garden for a music session to blow the autumn cobwebs away

The Wild Garden team is going to gather on Sunday 6th October at 3pm for an informal music session featuring Helen Lynch and members of SC&T.  All are welcome to come along and join in the fun! 

Bring your own refreshments (and cushions).

Cross your fingers for good weather!

The event is free and if the weather does take a turn for the worse the event will be moved inside to the Barn.

Autumn Sing Saturday 19th October 2014 2013-10-17 First Autumn Sing with Laura Taylor

The first Autumn sing will take place on Saturday 19th October 2013 with Laura Taylor.

More details on the booking form (but the system is not allowing me to link to it......!!).

Try http://www.zen62896.zen.co.uk/Autumn%20Sing%202013.pdf 

Running Order for End of Term Concert 2013-12-15

Each group has a MAXIMUM of 5 MINUTES performance time unless otherwise stated. 
PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over.

 

6:00  INST PERF GROUP 2 – BARBARA ANDERSON  

6:05  YOUNG SC&T – SHARON HASSAN

6:15 TMSA YOUNG MUSICIANS – KENNY HADDEN

6:20  FIDDLE 1 – CARLEY WILLIAMS

6:25  FLUTE 1/2 – KENNY HADDEN

6:30  GUITAR ACCOMPANIMENT – PETE MACCALLUM    

6:35  WHISTLE 1 – HELEN LYNCH

6:40  GUITAR 0 – NATHAN BISSETTE

6:45  GUITAR 1/2 – KEVIN CLARK     

6:50  WHISTLE 2 – IAN SUTHERLAND       

6:55  CLARSACH – KAREN WARD

7:00  SESSION PLAYING – AMY PAPIRANSKY

7:05  PIANO ACCORDION – CHARLIE ABEL

7:10  SCOTS SONG – GRACE BANKS

7:15  BANJO/MANDOLIN 1/2 – MARTIN MACDONALD        

7:20  FIDDLE 2 – SANDY TWEDDLE 

7:25  HARMONICA 1/2 – DAVE LORIMER  

7:30  SMALL PIPES – IAN SUTHERLAND

7:35  MIXED PERCUSSION – DAVY CATTANACH

7:40  UKULELE – NATHAN BISSETTE

7:45  GAELIC SONG – MARSAILI MACLEOD     

7:50  FIDDLE 3 – SARAH-JAYNE SHANKLAND

7:55  BODHRAN – FINN O’NEILL

8:00  INST PERF FROUP 3 – BARBARA ANDERSON

8:05  CEILIDH DANCERS – LYNN SAUNDERS   

leading into THE STRAMASH with common tunes; The Barrowburn Reel, Brenda Stubbert’s Reel, Willafjord and our song will be Say will we yet    

INFO FOR YOUR CLASS:

The Christmas concert will take place on Sunday 15th December at The Lemon Tree, which has a licensed bar. Doors open 5:00pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. PLEASE encourage your class to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There are TWO practice rooms. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. PLEASE have your group ready, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time.

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Spring Term Enrolment Night 2014-01-08 Blue Lamp, Gallowgate, 7pm onwards

Banish those New Year blues by coming to our enrolment night at the Blue Lamp on Wednesday 8th January when we will be guests of Aberdeen Folk Club. Come along even if you have booked online to enjoy performances by tutors and folk club regulars and bring your instrument/voice for a session afterwards. From 7pm onwards.

Lunchtime tunes on Sunday 26th January 2014-01-11
SC&T 4th Sundays at Buchanan’s Bistro, Woodend Barn, Banchory: 26th January 1-2 pm


Some Rare Old Tunes from Shooglie Peg


Shooglie Peg is a Donside duo/trio made up of members of the Alford Fiddlers and consists of Alan Carr on Clarsach and Bray Harp, Edwina Burridge on keyboards/piano, and Jim Talbot on fiddle and nyckelharpa. They play an eclectic mix of music from a number of genres, but mainly Scottish/Irish and Scandinavian, and often from C18th and before, with the music of the Gow family a particular favourite.

They are particularly keen on melodic tunes played at a slower pace than normally heard in sessions these days, and they research our music to reflect an interest in early Scottish music. Come along for some rare old tunes on Sunday 26th January 1-2 pm
Spring Sing 2014 - Booking Open 2014-01-16

Booking is now open for the 11th Spring Sing with Steve Byrne on Saturday 22nd February 2014.

Until 31st January the workshop costs only £30 (£25) concession - but rises to £40 (£35) after that. Book Online using the early bird discount coupon SS2014EBD , valid until 31st Jan and applicable once per order - so please order separately if booking for more than one person.

Numbers are limited to 30, but we do need a minimum number to run the workshop, so it is in everyone's interests for you to sign up NOW!

Please download the leaflet for detailed information here.

Mandolin Workshop - Booking Open 2014-03-22 One day workshop with Dagger Gordon

Booking is now open for the Mandolin Workshop with Dagger Gordon on Saturday 22nd March 2014.

This workshop is for all mandolin family instruments, tenor banjos and tenor guitars.

Until 7th March the workshop costs only £30 (£25) concession - but rises to £40 (£35) after that. Book Online using the early bird discount coupon MW2014EBD, valid until 7th March and applicable once per order - so please order separately if booking for more than one person.

Numbers are limited to 25, but we do need a minimum number to run the workshop, so it is in everyone's interests for you to sign up NOW!

Please download the leaflet for detailed information here.

End of Spring Term Concert 2014-03-23 St Margarets Church, Gallowgate. Doors open 5:20pm. Start 6:00pm

The End of Term Concert will take place on Sunday 23rd March at St Margarets Church, Gallowgate.
Doors open 5:20pm. Start 6:00pm. Attendees are welcome to bring a ‘picnic’. Classes are encouraged to stay for the entire concert - it is only fair for the groups at the end to have the same enthusiastic audience as the first performances. There is only ONE practice room so a rehearsal order has also been drawn up. Please share nicely - all the classes will want a chance to at least warm up. Please be ready with your group, and waiting in ‘the wings’ 5 minutes before your performance time

Each group has a of 5 mins MAX performance time unless otherwise stated. PLEASE try to stay within this limit, as the later groups will suffer if you run over.

Here is a printable Running Order and 5 min rehearsal slot is 30 mis before the performance slot. 

6:00 FIDDLE 2 – SANDY TWEDDLE
6:05 TMSA YOUNG MUSICIANS – KENNY HADDEN
6:10 FIDDLE 1 – RONNIE GIBSON
6:15 PIANO ACCORDION – CHARLIE ABEL
6:20 GUITAR 0 – NATHAN BISSETTE
6:25 CLARSACH – KAREN WARD
6:30 FLUTE 1/2 – KENNY HADDEN
6:35 SCOTS SONG – GRACE BANKS
6:40 GUITAR 1/2 – KEVIN CLARK
6:45 SESSION PLAYING – AMY PAPIRANSKY
6:50 UKULELE – NATHAN BISSETTE
6:55 INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE GROUP 2 – SHARON HASSAN
7:00 BANJO/MANDOLIN 1/2 – MARTIN MACDONALD
7:05 BAND ALCHEMY – DAVY CATTANACH
7:10 RHYTHM STYLES FOR GUITAR – KEVIN CLARK
7:15 FIDDLE 3 – SARAH-JAYNE SHANKLAND
7:20 HARMONICA – DAVE LORIMER
7:25 BODHRAN – FINN O’NEILL
7:30 TIN WHISTLE – HELEN LYNCH
7:35 INSTRUMENT PERFORMANCE GROUP 3 – BARBARA ANDERSON
7:40 CEILIDH DANCERS – LYNN SAUNDERS
leading into THE STRAMASH with common tunes; High Road to Gairloch, Kafoozalum, Repeal the Poll tax and our song will be Neil Gow’s Apprentice

Ensemble Workshop 2014-11-08 *** Recording of recent work added *** Rick Taylor 2 day, Sat 8th and Sun 9th November

2 day Ensemble Workshop
Saturday 8 - 9 November 2014, with Rick Taylor.

£55 full price, £48 Concessions : book online now, paper form is also available, here.

Early Bird Price (booked before 16th May): £45 full EBD price, £38 EBD concession price

*** Save £10 by booking before 8 November 2014, Discount Coupon Code: EW201411EBD ! Ordering for more that one person? Please order separately to get the discount. ***

This workshop is open to all players: melody, accompaniment, percussion. We will work with Rick over the weekend to develop and arrange a number of pieces; ceilidh sets, a song or two and tunes old and new, all with a traditional feel. Music will be circulated in advance.
Please bring your own ideas as well your instrument(s) - this will be an interactive workshop and a unique opportunity to work with and learn from one of the best and most inspiring arrangers in the country.

 the tutor
Rick Taylor is regarded as one of the finest Ensemble Leaders and composer/arrangers on the scene today. Since relocating to Skye in 2002 he has become an integral part of the Scottish music scene, not just in traditional music but across the whole musical vista. His inspiring and inclusive way of teaching makes sure he gets the very best from his musicians and the music produced is testament to his approach to music making.

workshop schedule for both days
(subject to change on the day)
09:30-10:00 Registration/teas & coffees
10:00-11:30 Workshop Session 1
11:30-11:45 Coffee Break
11:45-13:00 Workshop Session 2
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Workshop Session 3
15:30-15:45 Tea Break
15:45-16:30 Conclusion
Please enrol early! Maximum 25 participants

Here are some examples of what was arranged in a Group Work class that Rick lead in Beauly a couple of weeks ago:

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useful information
The workshop will take place at The Elphinstone Institute, MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 5UA. Parking is available on the surrounding streets and there are some visitor spaces in the University Car parks. Tea and coffee will be available
through the day. Please bring your own food for lunch. Contact for the day: David Norris - Tel: 07736 365688

*** Save £10 by booking before 8 November 2014, Discount Coupon Code: EW201411EBD ! Ordering for more that one person? Please order separately to get the discount. ***

SC&T Ceilidh 2014-05-24 7:30 to 11:00pm with Hoolichan at Holburn West Church Hall

SC&T Ceilidh

Saturday 24th May, 7:30 to 11:00 pm,
with Hoolichan : Sharon Hassan (fiddle), Pete Macallum (guitar/caller), Davy Cattanach (percussion)
@ Holburn West Church Hall, 9 Ashley Park Dr, Aberdeen AB10 6RY.

"This is a fantastic band, full of fabulous and weel-kent, SC&T related musicians, and it’s a great opportunity to get to hear them and dance to their music for such a reasonable price! Get buying those tickets now before they sell out" - Helen Lynch

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.

Family Ticket £25 (*Family ticket = up to five people, max 2 adults)

Individual Ticket £10 (£7 concession)

Early Bird Discount expires 2014-05-16

*** Save £10 by booking before 16 May 2014, Discount Coupon Code: EW2014EBD ! Ordering for more that one person? Please order separately to get the discount. ***

Book now, Online or using paper form.

SC&T Ceilidh 2014-06-21 7:30 to 11:00pm with Cat in a Doocot at Holburn West Church Hall

SC&T Ceilidh

Saturday 21st June, 7:30 to 11:00 pm, 
with Cat in a Doocot 
@ Holburn West Church Hall, 9 Ashley Park Dr, Aberdeen AB10 6RY.

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.

Family Ticket £25 (*Family ticket = up to five people, max 2 adults)

Individual Ticket £10 (£7 concession)

Evening Concert 2014-06-24 7:30pm - NCETM and SC&T

Book online or pay at the door.

Young SC&T - Traditional Music School 2014-07-28 Applications extended to 25th July

July 28 - August 1, 2014.

Young SC&T is an exciting opportunity for children in P4 - P7 to participate in AIYF whilst developing and exploring their skills in traditional music.  Learning from experienced tutors, the young talent will be engaged in a week-long series of intensive classes to help younger musicians extend their repertoires in Scottish Traditional Music. To qualify, young people should be able to play some simple tunes on an instrument.

Download an application form at http://www.aiyf.org/Summer-Courses

Deadline for applications now extended to Friday 25th July!

Lorimer-Watson Duo at Buchanans 2014-07-27

1pm to 2pm on Sunday 27th July.
Buchanans, Woodend Barn, Burn o Bennie, Banchory. AB31 5QA

Angie Watson and Dave Lorimer

...have been playing and performing together since meeting at Scottish Culture & Traditions a few years ago. They play a wide range of material with a strong traditional feel. 'Angie has a beautiful singing voice and we need to hear more of it...' says Dave. Harmonica, guitar, whistle, ukelele, bodhran and even bongos and banjo underpin, back-up and contrast with some haunting vocal offerings. Cerys Matthews (recently awarded an MBE for her services to music) introduced herself to Dave whilst he was out busking a few months ago. Cerys was so impressed that she played a couple of tunes from his CD on her BBC Radio 6M show the following week, describing Dave's performance '...like a Scottish Clint Eastwood.

Tonight! Enrolment night at the Blue Lamp (yes our favourite venue is back on the bill) 2014-09-15 7:00pm to 9pm ish

Mon 15th Sept 2014, 7:00pm to 9pm ish

Tutors Old-Style Ceilidh at tonight's enrolment evening.

Scottish Culture and Traditions (SC&T) evening classes enrolment night will take the form of an Old-Style Ceilidh. It will be held at the big room of the Blue Lamp*, 121 Gallowgate, Aberdeen, AB25 1BU . From 7:00pm to 9pm ish. Come and see our tutors showcase their talents, ask any tutors questions and enrol for this term's evening classes.Bring an instrument as Monday nigth is the usual Session night at the Blue Lamp so there is an opportunity to join in too.

An Old-Style Ceilidh is more about sharing party pieces to entertain than the dancing Ceilidhs that are more common today.

* Venue reverted to the Blue Lamp (from the Portland Club) as of 20 Sept 2014.

Spring Sing 2015 2015-02-28 Scottish singing workshop with Sheena Wellington in Aberdeen on 28th Feb 2015. The workshop will take place at Rubislaw Church Centre, Fountainhall Road, Queens Cross, Aberdeen, on the corner with Beaconsfield Place.

Booking is now open for the 12th Spring Sing with Sheena Wellington on Saturday 28th February 2015.

Until 31st January the workshop costs only £30 (£25) concession - but rises to £40 (£35) after that. Book Online using the early bird discount coupon SS201502EBD , valid until 31st Jan and applicable once per order - so please order separately if booking for more than one person.

Numbers are limited to 30, but we do need a minimum number to run the workshop, so it is in everyone's interests for you to sign up NOW!

Please download the leaflet for detailed information here.

SC&T Ceilidh 2015-03-28 7:30 to 11:00pm with Dark Island at Holburn West Church Hall

SC&T Ceilidh

Saturday 28th March, 7:30 to 11:00 pm,
with Dark Island 
@ Holburn West Church Hall, 9 Ashley Park Dr, Aberdeen AB10 6RY.

"This is a fantastic band, full of fabulous and weel-kent, SC&T related musicians, and it’s a great opportunity to get to hear them and dance to their music for such a reasonable price! Get buying those tickets now before they sell out" - Helen Lynch

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.

Family Ticket £25 (*Family ticket = up to five people, max 2 adults)

Individual Ticket £10 (£7 concession)

Danish - Scottish Weekend 2015-05-14 Workshop, Ceilidh and Sessions

SC&T Danish and Scottish Weekend

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.

Thursday, 14th

~8pm, Gadie Session at Gadies Restaurant, next to Touched by Scotland, 

Ryehill, Oyne, Aberdeenshire AB52 6QS

Link: http://touchedbyscotland.com/cms/gadies

Notes: No booking required but this is a regular open session so arrive promptly to welcome our Danish guests. 

Friday, 15th

11 am ish, Glen Garioch Distillery - tune, tour and drams

Glen Garioch Distillery, Distillery Road,Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, AB51 0ES

Link: http://www.glengarioch.com/

book with event organiser, Richard Elliott.

Saturday Morning, 16th

10:00am for 10:30 - 12:30 Dance Workshop

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.Studio in room 614, MacRobert Building, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, AB24 5UA

MacRobert Building is in Aberdeen. It is part of the Aberdeen University campus, located near the intersection between King Street and St Machar Drive. £5 and £3 concession. Bring your own refreshments.

Led by two visiting Danish dance tutors (Jørn and Lene Freisig) and our own Scottish ceilidh dance tutors (Lynn and Peter Saunders), this dance workshop will be half Danish and half Scottish - accompanied by live music.

Danish live music: the whole Ribespillemandslaug travelling band. Scottish live music from Laura on fiddle and Finn on guitar.

(Note that this is in the heart of Old Aberdeen, so it is well worth a wander down the old High Street to see the old University of Aberdeen buildings - only a block away from the newer concrete ones!)

Saturday Evening Ceilidh Dance

7:30-11:00pm, Scottish-Danish Ceilidh with Callers Saturday 16th May,

Book Online (please bring your payment confirmation email, as proof of purchase)

Or, pay on the door.

Holburn West Church Hall, 9 Ashley Park Drive, Aberdeen AB10 6RY. Family Ticket £25 (*Family ticket = up to five people, max 2 adults) Individual Ticket £10 (£7 concession), finger buffet included, No bar - so do bring your own drinks (BYOB).

Sunday, 17th

13:30, Tunes in the Wild Garden 

(open to all, behind Woodend Barn). The wet weather option is to move into the barn for tunes.

Woodend Barn, Burn o Bennie, Banchory. AB31 5QA

Link: http://www.buchananfood.com/

Sunday Evening
8pm to 11pm, Farewell Session (open to all) 

Sportsman's Club, 11 Queens Road, Aberdeen. AB15 4LY

Link: http://www.sportsmansclub.org.uk/