I then left for a day's workshop with Drake Music Scotland and Distil (ran by Hands Up For Trad)
Drake Music Scotland are an amazing organisation, they are Scotland's leading charity creating opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently.
I played music along with the composers; Amy Moar (keyboard/harp), Rhona Smith (laptop) Clare Johnston (viola/recorders) as well as with Karen Marshalsay (harp), Fiona Rutherford (harp) and Pete Sparkes (trombone)
It was a really great day and really opened up my mind as a composer, to think about how music can be composed but still left to free timing as well as personal interpretation, and how some things initially could be seen as limiting actually can be the complete opposite! I went away inspired.
Normally on a Thursday I'd be teaching a two hour fiddle class at Scots Music Group, but I'd managed to get cover for the night as I was off to the STV studios for an interview with presenters Ewen Cameron and Hayley Matthews about the Scots Fiddle Festival then I taught Ewen to play a bit of fiddle and then myself and Mark Neal performed some music to end the show. Backstage I got chatting a chef who was cooking on the show and to the 'Tartan Explorer' Josh Quigley who is doing great work to raise awareness about mental health.
Another interesting day as a professional musician!
Drake Music Scotland
Scots Fiddle Festival
STV Fountainbridge Show on STV player Thursday 19th Nov
The Tartan Explorer
Scots Music Group