It’s not every weekend you get to get to see a concert in Glenelg so when 2 minibuses full of musicians and a van load of instruments come “over the hill”, you know it’s going to be something special.. Last night saw around 7 bands (I lost count!), with musicians from aroundScotlandand further afield, put on a great display of traditional music. Many bands enhanced tunes with their own haunting arrangements while other musicians played tunes they had written themselves.
Based in Plockton, and now in its 12th year, Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd, the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music not only teaches young students the many diverse skills a modern professional musician will need but also ensures, through them, the future of traditional Scottish music.
There is no doubt the view of traditional music has changed in recent years. As one, more mature, Glenelg musician told me on Saturday night “In my day, learning to play the fiddle wasn’t something that impressed your friends but now it’s not only fashionable, it’s actually pretty cool!!”
Our thanks to you all for a great night and hopefully you will all return in the future.