>> I teach in America and find that some of the resistance in young people >> stem from music. I've heard many say that our music is "old peoples" music >> and they hesitate to become a part of that. I do not feel the same but make >> every effort to find the best recordings to play in my class. > >I would strongly recommend getting them to listen to people like Alasdair >Fraser, Sandy Brechin, Natalie MacMaster, Wolfstone, Hoogie, Deaf Shepherd, >(the >list goes on).
At the age of 50 I think of normal SCD music as very old peoples music
and generally feel that the above list of artists
display Scots music in a far more acceptable light. The list does
indeed go on - Iron horse, Blazin Fiddles, Iain Fraser, Bella McNab,
Scottish Step Dance Company, Caerketton and DOZENS more. The problem is
in getting dancers to encourage these musicians to play for SCD and then
encourage them to play again.
While some of the above do play Fusion music on occasion, many also play
straight from the soil traditional music. The Royal Scottish Academy in
Glasgow with its traditional music course is increasing the numbers of
players capable of playing like this at top level.
I recently saw a performance of Allan Ramsays ballad opera The Gentle
Shepherd at the Edinburgh Festival with music played by a group made
up like an 18th century theatre band and embellished by Chris Norman as
Flautist. The music was astoundingly beautiful and exciting and would
have been great to dance to. How did we get saddled with the sound that
nowadays is written off by many as Scottish Dance music.
Bryan McAlister B Arch RIBA ARIAS
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