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Summer 2016 update

Following on from a second successful series of Storytelling with Music workshops in East Lothian, I am pleased to say that this looks set to continue after the summer. The Wishing Tree is inspired by the traditional Border ballad Thomas … Continue reading

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A quick New Year update

I am only taking on a few small projects at the moment due to family commitments. The Wishing Tree project will be running in East Lothian Primary Schools up to Easter following on from a successful block of workshops last … Continue reading

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Recent and current projects: Fragments of Red

Fragments of Red I had conversations about this project from Summer 2013, but it wasn’t until January 2014 that I had the chance to become actively involved. Fragments of Red was the third of three events that took place in … Continue reading

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Autumn round-up: KinderConcert, sharing and projects

A round-up of recent project news, sharing and other events. KinderConcert I was pleased to be invited to participate recently in a KinderConcert performance in Edinburgh. Performing solo to a small group of children and parents, I introduced my various … Continue reading

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September news roundup

Things have been quite busy and while we’re now five weeks into the Autumn term, the blog has been quiet, so time to catch up a little. The biggest news is that FluteFling has now moved to its own dedicated … Continue reading

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Flute and whistle music from Hailes Castle

The recording of this year’s summer excursion of students from FluteFling groups and the Scots Music Group is now available to play and download. The flutes and whistles were recorded in early June at Hailes Castle in East Lothian. On … Continue reading

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End of Term: a Breton Waltz revisited

FluteFling finished for the summer with a Breton waltz. Valse de Galorn is a relatively simple tune in E dorian (has just two sharps*) that I also taught last year. I learned the tune from a recording of Shegui entitled … Continue reading

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A brace of Irish reels: The Humours of Ballyconnell and The Drunken Tinker

We finished off the term for the FluteFling Improvers group with two strong Irish reels that are great for building up technique and lifting a session. They both make use of arpeggios to create a riff that drives the music … Continue reading

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Summer flutes and whistles at Hailes Castle

Last Sunday saw the summer excursion of the Edinburgh-based FluteFling and Scots Music Group traditional flutes and whistles. We boldly returned to Hailes Castle in East Lothian, having endured a very wet trip last year and couldn’t have had better … Continue reading

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FluteFling slip jigs from Northumberland and Scotland

This week in the Improvers class we looked at a slip jig as a companion to The New Claret, which we learned earlier in the term. The main focus was The Peacock Followed the Hen, a Northumbrian tune that is … Continue reading

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