AFTER 14 GLORIOUS YEARS OF THIS UNIQUE SCOTTISH MUSIC EVENT
the Trad~Angus voluntary music group is to cease, as such,
after the 2013 Trad Angus Summer Sessions.
Since the year 2000, so many musicians and singers of all ages, from the youngsters and teenagers, right through to those influenced by the folk revival of the 40's, 50's, 60's onwards have been part of these events, but now, many have other commitments
and we are unable to find time for fund-raising, or for organising a programme of summer sessions.
This is not all bad news
The good news is that we're all busy
THE MUSICIANS AND SINGERS
SOME OF THE TEENAGERS HAVE
we're all playing music, but not all in the same place, and not all at the same time!
gone on to University in Glasgow, Edinburgh and further;
are all making lots of music but they're also busy with families, work and careers.
got married and several with young families
. . . and are now busy working – again,
a big and most welcome priority for young families.
The programme of The Angus Summer Sessions was started in the year 2000, under the name of Angus Folk Sessions 2000-2005, then the Hairst Sessions & Saturday Skirls 2006-2009, and latterly The Trad~Angus Sessions 2010-2013 – also working alongside Angus Council and partner projects, including The Hamecoming and The Tayroots Festival.
This was initially a spin-off from an Angus Council music project in the year 2000 which published a 40-page booklet – "Traditional Music in Angus" – a record of all the traditional music activity in Angus - 40 pages listing Traditional Musicians & Singers, Solo & Bands, including Teachers and Workshop Leaders, Clubs & Societies - including Folk, Strathspey & Reel, Accordion & Fiddle, Pipe Bands, Ceilidhs, Pub Sessions, Festivals, Public Dances & Highland Dance; Makers/Repairers, Libraries, Museum & Archives, Publishers, Poets & Story Tellers and lots more -Regrettably now out-of-print, and out-of-date.
From this music project grew the session programme
of at least 3 informal music sessions per week,
hosted by 'Key Artistes', and
which peaked at 33 public music events per year.
MUSIC IN ANGUS
The music in Angus has long been something special – a different repertoire of it's own.
The legacy possibly from Lowes of Marykirk from 1765, John Low and his sons Joseph and Robert Lowe; the Duffs of Montrose 1770s, Archibald & Charles; and the Allans of Forfar in the 1800s - Jamie, David, Archibald and William;
Plus the Angus-based Scottish dance bands and musicians who featured more than any other county in the recordings and radio broadcasts of the 40s, 50s and 60s – The Cameron Men, Lindsay Ross, John Ellis, Angus Cameron, Angus Fitchet, Syd Chalmers, Gordon Pattullo and many more . . .
A great many thanks to all THE KEY ARTISTES who 'hosted' the informal sessions over the last 14 years - including:
FIDDLERS– including Mike Ward, Karen Hannah, Katherine Liley, Eilidh Firth, Lara Findlay, Gordon Ewan, Davey Ewan (+button-accordeon), Coralea McKay, Ingrid Hammond, George Smith, Jennifer Watson, Morag-Anne Elder, Gwen Barr, Ian Hunter, Megan Ryan, Lindsay Downie, Kevin Findlay, Nicola Campbell, (+flute), Nathan Christie, Hannah Christie, Kit Watson (+songs), Elizabeth Flett, Jamie Wilson, Mike Lean, Mike McKay . . . .
PIPERS – including Kyle Howie, Ian Kinnear, Mike Katz, Neil Paterson, David Adam (+whistles/flute), Andy Davis (+whistles/percussion), Mark Lumgair, David Hunter, Colin Barr, Scott Murray . . .
SINGERS – including Maureen Jelks, Christine Kydd (+guitar), Barbara Dymock (+bodhran), Roy Henderson (+guitar), Jim Penny (+guitar/mandoline/bodhran/mouthie), Alison Roberts, Leslie McLuckie, Ken Johnston (+mandola), Andy Shanks (+whistles/percussion), Jim Russell (+sax), Stuart MacKay (+mandola), Jim Duke (+mandoline), Graham White (+mandola), Mac Nicoll (+guitar) . . . . .
GROUPS- including Aff the Cuff, The Baffy Band, Sinsheen, Skirdechal, JinGo, The Blackford Fiddlers, Thistle Dhu, The Funky Fiddlers, Friock Folk, Makinadin, Shakin' the Barley, Fishermans Friends, Tipsy Laird, The Birlin', Ferryport Fiddlers Ensemble, Skelpaig, Flash Company, L-Fish, Abertay Ceilidh Band, Angus Folk . . . . . . .
GUITARS- including Niel Jelks, Michael Kelleher (+songs), Alistair Cassidy, Paul Campbell, Angus Wares, David Sutherland, Caroline Roche, Harry MacFadyen (+songs) . . . . .
ACCORDIONS - including Alan Small, Wayne Robertson, Jim Leighton, Scott Carnegie, Moira Murray, Kerr Barrack, Tom Roche (button-accordeon) . . . .
OTHER INSTRUMENTS - including Billy Jackson (Harp), Ciaran Ryan (Banjo), Brian McKay (+Banjo/songs/bodhran), Iain Milne (banjo), Frances Wilkins (concertina), Nigel Jelks (mandoline/fiddle/concertina), Willie Ryan (percussion/whistle), Grant Lawrence (djembe), John Sikorski (piano/bass/ accordion/Scottish Step Dance), Mats Melin (Scottish Step-Dance), Chris Wright (mandola), Ewan Barrack (keyboards), Rachel Harris (whistle/flute) . .
AND MANY, MANY MORE THAT HAVE SUPPORTED THE SESSIONS
For other information and some PdF tunes, photos etc
THE KIRRIE SESSION, Three Bellies Brae, 3 Bellies Brae, Kirriemuir.
The weekly Tuesday session still continues in Kirriemuir, and hopefully will do so for a long time to come.
Many musicians and singers in Scotland, and abroad, know that this is a great place to hear Scottish music in a totally informal setting – to be able to hear the music, see the musicians and chat to them – a unique experience.
OTHER REGULAR AND OCCASIONAL SESSIONS CAN BE FOUND:-
Three Bellies Brae, 3 Bellies Brae, Kirriemuir. Tuesdays, 8pm. 01575-574889.
Speedwell Bar, 165, Perth Road, Dundee – Tuesdays. 01382- 667783.