October was a mega busy month, but many delightful things happened…
November 10, 2015
At the start of the month, Barluath had their first German Tour! We travelled between wonderful venues all over the country, including Proitzer Mühle in Schnega, Folk Club Villingen in Villingen-Schwennigen, Folkclub Isaar in Töpen, Hof, and Nuremberg Folk Club in Nuremberg.
I’ve got to say that I’m pretty much cheesed and meat-ed out after Germany. However, the hospitality was amazing, and we met some lovely people. The beer was pretty spot on too! We even took a day trip to the historic brewpub, Schlenkerla in Bamberg, renowned for its smoked Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier.
After Germany, we had to rush home for the Royal National Mòd in Oban. I was so excited to take part this year, as it was held on home turf. I was delighted to be placed 1st in the Òran Mòr qualifying competition, and 3rd in the other for the An Comunn Gàidhealach Gold Medal. The final was live on BBC Alba, and filled with so many talented singers. I’m thrilled to have come second in the final! It once again was a wonderful experience, and a chance to catch up with so many people I only see once a year!
I couldn’t resist…
The next week, we shot straight off to Denmark for a week. We played wonderful venues including Baltoppen Live in Ballerup, Midt Folk in Herning and Hagge’s Musik Pub in Tønder. They were all very different venues, but my favourite has got to be Baltoppen Live, due to the fact that I have now performed on the same stage as BONEY M!! So the only reasonable thing to do after the gig, was to download ‘The Magic of Boney M’ and drive everyone else in the van batty. (You haven’t lived until you’ve heard the Boney M Mega Mix)
At the end of the month I did a lovely gig at Fyvie Castle for the National Trust of Scotland with the ever-talented musicians; Alistair Paterson and Colin Greeves. There were several events on at the castle that night, and on arrival we were mistaken for the actors leading the murder mystery evening… I would have been happy to go along with that. However, killing Colonel Mustard in the Drawing Room with a candle stick, whilst singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ would have been a slightly different performance to the norm…
Finally, to start the month of November, I was able to announce on my birthday, that I’ve been nominated for Gaelic Singer of the Year, at the MG ALBA Scots Music Trad Awards 2015. I’m so grateful to be up for this award, with magnificent singers. If you think I’m worthy of such a wonderful title, please vote for me at
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Mucisian of the Year 2015
February 3, 2015
Well, its been some weekend. First of all, well done to Claire Hastings! I’ve had the best time competing in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
I’ve met some really amazing talented people, and it was an absolute dream to make it to the final. I can’t wait to go on tour with all the other finalists, its going to be a good one.
If you didn’t catch the final on BBC Alba, you can watch it on playback, just follow the link. I’m first on!
Burns and Celtic Connections
January 29, 2015
I’m all haggis-ed out after the last few weeks. However, my last Burns event of the year is today at the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Burns lunch, at Ingliston Equestrian Centre.
Celtic Connections is nearly over! But there is still one more weekend of madness! I’m really looking forward to be performing at some great gigs over the weekend. I’ll be appearing at the Glasgow City Halls on Sunday 1st Feb. for the finals of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
I’ll also be performing with Barluath tomorrow night (Friday 30th Jan) at the Òran Mòr at 7.30pm. You’ll get a chance to hear material on our new album, and we might even have a pre-launch at the gig!
In other news, myself and Alistair Paterson have been accepted as part of the Live Music Now scheme, which aims to give disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to experience live music. We’re getting some great material together at the moment for new and exciting projects. We’ll keep you posted!