A quick June update!
I started this month amidst a whirlwind of recitals at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I have the fabulous job of managing the annual Traditional Music Recital Festival, which showcased 36 different public recitals this year! The students played a really varied range of concerts, and all were really excellent. It’s so inspiring to watch so many great performances.
I got to spend a few days up near Aviemore helping the Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail prepare for their upcoming tour. They’re a lovely group of talented young musicians, creating thoughtful and dynamic arrangements.
Alongside this, I’ve been listening to the master of the new Kinnaris Quintet album, which is due out later this summer.
There have been a few gigs so far; I’ve been playing with Laura-Beth Salter in Loch Arthur for Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, and also at Bitches Brew in Edinburgh, which is a regular showcase celebrating female improvisers. We’re heading to Food in the Park in Blair Atholl on Sat 16th, The Lismore Bar in Glasgow on Sun 17th and Gigha Festival on 30th. The Gigha performance is a collaborative gig with Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, which will be a lot of fun.
Speaking of Ross & Ali, I also had a trip to BBC Radio Scotland to play a live pre-record, which was filmed and is available on the BBC website.
This week, I’ve been getting stuck in to preparation for Claire Hastings‘ second album, and the arrangements are coming together!
Next week, I have a few days working with Laura-Beth Salter on some new material – we have a few gigs in July that we can test our new arrangements out on! I’m also playing some music with fiddler Adam Sutherland for Michelle Cohen’s ‘I Land’ exhibition in Glasgow on Fri 22nd June.