Music and dancing make the world go round

While West Dunbartonshire Council cuts back on music lessons for children, other areas are promoting it as a wonderful stimulant for good mental health, fitness, happiness and fun. These pictures which I took recently in Clifden, the capital of Connemara in the West of Ireland, show clearly how music brings people together. The occasion was a busking competition which brought young people of school age from all over Ireland and entertained visitors from abroad. And a Tradfest which extended a cead mile failte to visitors from all over the world. It’s music that draws people into the pubs, restaurants, theatres, dance halls and clubs. Our council should not be charging children for music lessons. Indeed, they should be organising concerts and making better use of the Denny Civic Theatre for the entertainment of the council taxpayers.  Pictures by Bill Heaney

Young musicians in Scotland will have the opportunity to grow a programme of traditional music sessions in their local area.

The Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) is looking for groups of three individuals (aged 18-26) who can organise, promote and lead sessions between August-December 2018 in a local venue.

Thanks to funding from The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Youth Talent Development Fund, which is being administered by Creative Scotland, musicians will receive support to host approximately ten sessions in their area as well as a bursary to participate in a one-day training event with leading musicians in the field.

TMSA convener, Fiona Campbell, said: “The ‘Grow Your Own Music Sessions’ will be acoustic, free and open to all, helping celebrate Scotland’s Year of Young People. The young musicians will be encouraging others, especially other young musicians, singers and, dancers to join in, as we want as many people as possible to experience the fun of traditional music and song across the country.”

Applications to be part of the programme close on Tuesday 29 May through the dedicated project website – www.gyoms.org.uk

If you have any queries or are a venue that would like to be considered by young musicians as a suitable location for a session, please contact the GYOMS Project Manager – Grant McFarlane – grantmcf@me.com or 07595 175 099.


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