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  • I still have to see "Hamish The Movie".
  • You should watch it. As I say, it's very well produced and the scenery is beautiful. I'm sure not everyone will come to the same view as me especially those who have had little involvement or previous knowledge of traditional music. However, hav…
  • A more direct link here.... http://whereyouremeanttobe.com/
  • OK, not a proper review but a few thoughts about the film. I watched this film at the weekend and, although I appreciate that it was a very well produced and interesting piece of work, I came away feeling very angry about the attitude of Adrian Mof…
  • ;) I was a fan of quite a few....
  • It does seem expensive for 174 pages although I notice there are some cheaper options "elsewhere". I may well buy it myself but I'm not sure if the "wide audience" will at that price.
  • More sad news. Another obituary in The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/jun/12/robin-mckidd-obituary?CMP=share_btn_tw
  • Sad news indeed. I'm not sure what you meant there Simon? Do you mean where and when you first heard them? They toured a lot in the mid eighties. I saw them at a few festivals but I recall they were at Edinburgh Folk Festival in 1989..Maybe before …
  • Women are represented much more fairly on the traditional music scene where the gender balance is much closer. At The Edinburgh Harp Festival, they are in the majority but nice men are always made welcome. :x I'm sure the balance is good as far a…
  • I must get a copy of this one. Apparently, when Jimmy Nagle had started to learn the fiddle his teacher advised him to go and visit the "old man down the road" where he could pick up a few good tips. Of course, it turned out that the "old man" was …
  • Sad news. I wish him and his family well too. There were some great sessions with Jimmy during the early eighties in Edinburgh. As I recall, Jimmy also played with Cranachan who were placed in an early Edinburgh Folk Festival folk group competition…
    in Jimmy Young Comment by jaj May 2015
  • My initial reaction was much the same as Kenny's too hence my response above. However, after checking the You Tubes and reading the press release a little more thoroughly I now realise that this project is quite distinct from the regular sessions, …
  • Thanks for that, Simon. I've taken the liberty of downloading a copy too. :)
  • When did they start having "Bands" in Sandy Bells?  It's usually sessions albeit with some fairly regular members.
  • Here is the latest. National Collective no more.... http://nationalcollective.com/2015/05/01/friday-may-1st-2015/
  • Just enjoy the music.
  • Yes. They have to input it themselves but the sheet music version is generated by The Session(or Jeremy) itself. It's possible to edit your own "abc" at a later date but you can't interfere with other submissions as such although you can make com…
  • A good idea although I'd like to make a few suggestions and mention one or two caveats. Firstly, I think you should restrict this to music/tunes and songs submitted by the composers themselves or with their express permission or consent. These can …
  • I have fond memories of hearing The Wellpark Street at Girvan Folk Festival in 1986. The festival was at its peak back then and that particular year was extra special. There were many great musicians that year. John Martin, as I recall, was extrem…
  • Thanks, Simon. I see that now. Hope you didn't mind my comments. I'm obviously not an expert on piping but it was the statement re the consumption of the music which interested me. I'd imagine that in the piping world, there is an even higher perce…
  • traditional music has an advantage because most people actually play or sing it rather than passively consume it. An interesting point and one on which I'd like to make comment although not strictly from a piping perspective. While it's true that …
  • I still use all formats although I don't play 78's so often these days albeit I still have good equipment to do this. I'll still play vinyl though and, very occasionally, will even still purchase the odd album or two. Many of the "folkie" artists a…
  • I'm glad she was ok but Jimmy PAge was on hand to play "Stairway to Heaven" just in case.... :-)
  • A lot of people visit the festival for a few days at a time. Not everybody likes too many late nights on a constant basis and there's only so much shopping you can do. One or two more daytime events esp at the weekend could be good as would somethi…
  • My view is that it( C C )is now too large already for Fringe to be sustainable in a significant sense although there obviously is still some scope for Indep events. CC is already much larger than Edinburgh official festival in terms of number of co…
  • Again, being not able to play as well as before is more of a concern for yourself and professional musicians than the rest of us. Along with many others of my own age, I'm actually improving and learning new material, ideas, and even different instr…
  • I've always enjoyed listening to Blazin' Fiddles and the new line up is as good as ever, just a little different. However, they still retain the same musical philosophy and enthusiasm as before. They are also appearing at The Niel Gow Festival in M…
  • Hi Simon, It's less of an issue in traditional music than in some other genres as there has always been some collaboration between musicians and singers of all ages in both professional and amateur spheres including the more informal social session…
  • Hi Elizabeth. Hope all is well. Yes, I've retired although I still help them in one or two very small ways and go along to the better nights ;) as and when I can. However, they have a varied programme and there should be something there for every…