Scottish Music At The RSAMD - The Future Of Our Past

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(December 2010) 15 tracks: Jigs and Polkas * Puirt-a Beul * Vincent Black Lightning * March and Reels * Margaret's Walk To The Pier * Banks Of Newfoundland * Pipe Solo * The Almost Reel Set * Accordion Solo * Lover's Heart * Lexie and The Plagiarist * Not Enough Time * Moladh Uibhist * Meg Macrae's * Ali's Big Reel.

A mixture of music and songs by students on the Scottish Music courses of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

A spectacular mix of virtuosity and vibrance describes the students on the BA and PG Dip Scottish Music course at the acclaimed Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. Hailing from Scotland, America, Canada, and England, the talented musicians draw their influence from the myriad of Scottish music.

The students of the Scottish Music courses are united by a love of traditional tunes and songs, combining fiddles, Highland, Border and small pipes, flutes, whistles, piano, guitar, voice, harp, cello, accordion and bodhran to create their eclectic sound.

No strangers to the Scottish music scene, the course includes accomplished talent like Paul McKenna, whose band recently won Best Up And Coming Act at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2009, and piper James MacKenzie, a finalist of the 2008 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Awards.

Over the summer of 2009, a number of students on the course played alongside Paolo Nutini and Phil Cunningham at the high profile festival T In The Park, and several fiddlers accompanied Phil at the 2009 BBC live broadcast at Hogmanay. This album was recorded by all four year groups under the direction of Phil Cunningham and Findlay Napier, displaying the exciting sound of the RSAMD's Scottish Music programme.

The dynamic sound and energetic performance created by the enthusiastic students pushes convention while continuing the path of tradition.

Featuring students Daniel McGuinness, Suzanne Houston, Marianne Fraser, Paul McKenna, Eilidh Firth, Claire Hastings, Sarah MacNeil, Emma Buchan, Laura MacMillan, Craig Muirhead, Sarah Muir, David Wilton, Ainsley Hamill, Lynsey MacRitchie, Robyn Stapleton, Angelica Jenkins, Edward Seaman, Kirsty Blackhall, Alistair Paterson, Imogen Poropat, Hannah McNeill, Shona Keith, Kristine Rees, Charlie Heys, Ryan Young, Robert Nairn, Jack Smedley, James MacKenzie, Alexandra Frank, Fiona Wylie, Jessica Burton, Struan Thorpe, Jonathan Cheyne, Lauren Weir, Patricia Mullen, Jonathan Graham, Chris MacDonald, Alasdair Henderson, Hayley McInnes, Cameron Drummond, Grant McFarlane, Katherine MacLeod, David Foley, Keith Bowes, Steven Blake, Kyle Warren, Hazen Metro, Kirsty MacKinnon and Kirsten MacLeod.

Recorded at the RSAMD by Bob Whitney and co-produced by Phil Cunningham and Findlay Napier.

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