I popped along to multi-arts festival, Hidden Door yesterday - here are a few photos. The umbrella and the door weren't actually part of the festival, I just thought they looked cool!
A couple of months ago I went to a workshop in Edinburgh ran by the Culture Enterprise Office called 'Planning Creatively with Dyslexia'.
The room was filled with artists, photographers, designers, actors, directors, aerial dancers, musicians... who we're all dyslexic. As someone (musician/composer) with dyslexia and dyscalculia it was a really inspiring day - as well as being a great workshop, it was also great to meet people who work in similar ways and to hear what amazing things everyone was achieving. Afterwards Cultural Enterprise Office put us all in touch by email.
A few weeks went passed and I thought it would be a shame not to do something so I made a Facebook group called 'Creative Dyslexics Scotland' and any dyslexics based in Scotland who work in creative industries is welcome to join. On the 1st of June we will be having our first meet up. Although this meeting is in Edinburgh I hope that other people will get involved and organise meetings in their own areas throughout Scotland, so people can meet and network, inspire each other and hopefully even collaborate.
The group currently has 32 members and is continuing to grow thanks to promotion through Cultural Enterprise Scotland, Dyslexia Scotland, Lexxic and other organisations.
Dyslexia Scotland asked me to write a short article about the group which will be in the next issue of their magazine.
For more information about meeting up on the 1st June click here
Siannie Moodie has just asked me to join her in concert this Saturday night where we will be playing support for Gillespie and Wolfe who are launching their album 'Grace Pour Down'
Siannie is a fantastic clàrsach player and composer - I've really enjoyed working out a few arrangements with her this afternoon and look forward to performing with her this Saturday.
Gillespie and Wolfe album launch
Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh Doors open at 7.30pm
Tickets are £12 and include a copy of the album
Click here to buy tickets
Click here for the Facebook event
Today the Scots Fiddle Festival announced that we have a new office - until now the festival has been running from individual's homes with meetings in various places so it's going to be great having a space at Summerhall.
As Artistic Director it's going to be a really nice place to work too, as Summerhall has a number of music venues and loads of creative organisations are based there. I've not spent much time in the new office yet and I have already met the organisers of Imaginate Festival, people who run a jewellery school, someone who owns a music label, someone else that does animation - and that's only a few from our building.
Last night as I was dropping a few things into the office I bumped into the fiddler Ewen Henderson and he told me he was performing there so I popped in and heard his band Manran as well as Daimh and Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson.
Had a great time performing with Karen Marshalsay & Allan MacDonald at a packed out concert at Craiglockhart Parish Church, Edinburgh.
Karen played three different harps - wire strung, gut strung and bray harp, Allan was on small pipes, whistles and jews harp and I was playing fiddle.
The concert repertoire was made up of mostly traditional tunes, from old manuscripts and collections with a few new compositions written by the three of us.
I've really enjoyed working with Karen and Allan - both of them were tutors of mine while I was at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, but more academic than musical. Hope there will be more opportunities to perform with them again in the future.
I spent today filming and photographing Glen Fruin for my composition project 'Sounds of home'.
I have written some pieces about my home area of Helensburgh and continuing to compose about some of my favourite spots from growing up here. I am creating new music inspired by these places and also incorporating some natural sounds into the recordings too.
Today we we're very lucky for weather and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into editing now as well as more composition.
Nice rehearsal with Karen Marshalsay today for a concert this Saturday 'Karen Marshalsay & friends' at Craiglockhart Parish Church, Edinburgh (see diary for more details)
Lots of new tunes and lots of pretty harps!
May the 4th (finger) be with you!
I'm looking forward to performing at the Skylark Café in Edinburgh tonight. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/396843443851495/
Here's a recording of my latest commissioned tune 'The Bird Man of Chambers Street'
Bob McGowan is the curator of the Bird Collection at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and a keen fiddler who enjoys playing strathspeys. His family commissioned me to compose this tune for his birthday
Eilidh Steel - fiddle and piano
Recorded at The Sonic Lodge studio, Edinburgh.