" ... man to man, the world ower,
Shall brothers be, for a' that."
A wee jaunt to Glasgow to see a superb performance at the Royal Concert Hall from Mary Chapin Carpenter and her band. Fabulous!
(Her new album - "Sometimes Just the Sky" is worth a listen.)
May and most of our migrant birds have arrived for the Scottish summer. (Optimistic or what?!) Great to see Sandpipers and Sand Martins skimming the water. Saw my first swifts of the year over Birnam on Wednesday 9th May.
Spotted this fine sculpture in Belfast when the bus from the airport into the city stopped at traffic lights. The position of the sun was pure luck!
I later found out that it's by Andy Scott (yes, the "Kelpies" man) and is called "Beacon of Hope" (or as some wags might have it, "Nuala with the Hula"!) Fabulous!
March, (Niel Gow's birthday on the 22nd.) Winter reminded us that it has not quite finished! It was the Monday following the Niel Gow Festival when the sunshine and blue skies finally arrived. However, the cold and snowy weather of the weekend didn't deter 25 brave walkers from the Niel Gow walk! And another great weekend of music!
February and Spring is in the air. Snowdrops blooming, ducks head-bobbing and dippers singing!
A snowy start to 2018. Hoping this proves to be a peaceful and a happy new year.
November and fine, sunny high pressure weather for the Scots Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh. The new album has officially been launched (and is available on line from www.musicinscotland.com )
October is here. Saw the first Goldeneye of the year on Butterstone Loch (and a few geese overhead earlier in the week).
September always brings some fabulous weather, with sunshine and cloudless blue skies. Alas, the fine weather gave way to some dreich days of mist and rain during the fiddle week, but it was still great craic.
Sunday the 10th saw the Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society annual fiddle extravaganza at Pitlochry. It was very much a tribute to Campbell Smith and Marion Chalmers, two very significant and much-loved members of the Society, who passed away this summer. Special guests were Ross Ainslie, Ally Hutton and Garry Innes (pipes, guitar & accordion/compere), who made a truly spectacular contribution to a superb night of music.
August , and the swifts have left for Africa after their all too brief visit. Sadly, there are other deartures to report ...
Campbell Smith is no longer with us. Campbell was a dynamic character - conductor and catalyst for the Dunkeld & District Strathspey & Reel Society, and a pro-active and extremely helpful member of the Niel Gow Festival Society. He will be missed by many.
And Oban fiddler Maurice Duncan passed away this month. Maurice was a highly respected performer and teacher. He was a guest at the Niel Gow Festival on more than one occasion.
Saw the first swifts of the year on Saturday 6th May. Summer is here! The fiddle week was great fun - a bunch of great folk, and the fantastic weather was a bonus!! Many happy fiddlers!