Hello everybody I hope you’re all getting on well and feeling good!
I’m having some really positive adventures with the music these days.
I’ve been listening to some great records from Scottish artists, including Three Blind Wolves from Glasgow, who have just released their debut album entitled ‘Sing Hallelujah To The Old Machine’.
It’s a great listen and I’m really looking forward to hearing the band perform in Glasgow next year with another of my Scottish favourites, Roddy Hart and The Lonesome Fire, as part of Celtic Connections 2013.
Following on with the Celtic Connections link, the annual Scottish festival has just released its line up which includes Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Bellowhead, Carlos Nunez, The Pictish Trail, Manran, The Paul McKenna Band, Aimee Mann, Preston Reed and so much more.
It’s going to be an amazing festival and something great to look forward to.
Visit www.celticconnections.com for more information.
• For something closer, the very first Burns Fest in The Burns in Irvine kicks off on Saturday, December 15, and it’s definitely one for diary with a smashing line up of talent from Ayrshire and further afield performing.
Featuring the talents of Holy Ghosts, OK Social Club, Louie Deadlife (Hector Bizerk), Mhairi Kerr, Colin Hunter, Johnny Graham, Taylor Buntain, Andrew Nicol aka Black and White Boy and so much more, it’s shaping up to be a real Ayrshire Christmas cracker.
• I’ve been watching some great Scottish TV programming from BBC Alba featuring buskers in around the streets of Scotland.
Featuring some household names past, present and future, the show opens the doors to the often misunderstood world of buskers and offers a candid insight into their day to day life.
Featuring the talents of Rachel Sermanni, Sybren Renema, Dol Eoin and Ayrshire talent David Burns, Buskers is a charming series well worth checking out.
The level of music talent busking on our streets is quite simply amazing and I know it always makes me feel cheery hearing music from the busker.
In the words of The View, “Hats off to the Buskers”.
David revealed: “It came about through the friends I’ve made busking in Glasgow.
“Sybren (the sax busker from the show) was approached by the BBC about it, and he put them in touch with buskers like myself, my flatmate Maryjane McIvor, and my old uni mate Matt Johnston.
“The chance to get to work with the BBC was too good to turn down, although watching the show back with MJ it was incredibly surreal watching ourselves on television!
“Busking has been an amazing experience, most people you meet are really nice and appreciative of what we’re doing, no two days are the same and it’s always good fun!
Check out David’s music at www.marshallchipped.bandcamp.com