Congratulations from all at Temple Records to Christine Primrose, who has been included in the 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees; honouring people who have influenced and helped to shape Scottish traditional music throughout their lives.
One of the great singers of her generation, Christine blazed a trail for Scottish Gaelic song at a time when it was not widely known or appreciated. Her seminal first album Àite mo Ghaoil (1982) broke down barriers of all kinds, introducing the living tradition of Gaelic song to a worldwide audience who could appreciate the beauty of the song, and the talent of the singer, regardless of language. She has continued to contribute to, and consolidate, the developing understanding and appreciation for Gaelic song and culture and this latest recognition of her work and talent is most deserved.
Hall of Fame event founder and promoter, Simon Thoumire, said: “Each year we honour a uniquely inspiring group of people and this year’s list shows there’s a never-ending pool of talent in Scotland. It’s an honour and privilege to see so many fantastic names involved in the Scottish traditional music industry, and observe the impact they’re continuing to make. We are looking forward to hosting these inspirational people and their families at our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner.”
All of the inductees will be welcomed at the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner, held at Glasgow’s Òran Mór, on Friday 27th October. Tickets for this event are also available for sale to the public at www.halloffame.scot
Full list of 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame inductees: Performers:Billy Connolly, Rab Noakes, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, Kenneth McKellar, Cathy-Ann MacPhee, Blair Douglas, Bobby Crowe, Christine Primrose, Arthur Johnstone, Alex GreenServices to Gaelic:Kenna CampbellServices to Scots:Itchy CooHamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music: Jo MillerServices to Community:Betty Verrill, Nigel Gatherer, Liz Clark, Alpha Munro MBE, James Alexander MBE, Rod Mackenzie
The programme is shown on BBC Alba on Wednesdays at 10pm, or can be found on iplayer, and features extraordinary music from some of the world's top pipers and bands including Battlefield Band, Peatbog Faeries, Jose Manuel Tejedor, Fin Moore, Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart, Chris Ormston, Micheal Steele, Alana MacInnes, Lincoln Hilton, Eddie Seaman, Callum Beaumont and more...
Our current featured artist Alan Reid is a gifted singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his time at the helm of Scotland's Battlefield Band, who have been pre-eminent in Scottish traditional music for over forty years. Alan spent several decades as with the group, as they toured worldwide to an ever increasing audience, and his songs and keyboard playing were a major feature of their repertoire during this period.
TOUR DATES: Since retiring from Battlefield Band in 2010, Alan has been performing in a duo with Dutch guitarist and singer Rob Van Sante and they are about to embark on a tour in Germany: (Aug 25th-5th Sept) and also have French shows scheduled in Nancy (13th Sept) and Moncel. You can find details of all shows on the German tour here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use the code FAAR001 on this website for a 10% discount on any Temple Records album or book featuring Alan Reid. This includes many Battlefield Band albums, his solo album (The Sunlit Eye), a book of his music and songs (Martyrs, Rogues & Worthies) and a compilation album (Recollection) which takes a retrospective look at some of the fine songs he's written over the years. The offer also includes other Temple Records albums where Alan has appeared or guested. Find a full list of everything included in the offer here.
Scottish Gaelic singer Christine Primrose launched her superb new album ‘Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris’ (Love and Loss – A Lone Voice) with a packed album launch at CODA music in Edinburgh last Saturday.
Folk Radio UK have included the release in their featured albums this month and have published an extensive review.
‘As a reviewer, occasionally, one is presented with a work that you feel privileged to have enjoyed, that is far more than singer and song. Such is the case with Christine Primrose‘s Gràdh is Gonadh – Guth ag aithris. ...a must have for any lover of Gaelic song, but an indispensable introduction to the art for any newcomer' Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK
For the audiophiles among you, Temple Records have made a high quality (FLAC) version of the album available as a download direct from our website. All downloads include album sleevenotes and cover artwork (as does every direct Temple Records download). CDs and the usual good quality mp3 downloads are also available.
Angus Peter Campbell, the award-winning poet, novelist, journalist, broadcaster and actor (who contributed to Christine Primrose’s new album) is about to launch a new English-language novel titled “Memory and Straw”.
The novel is set in New York, the Highlands of Scotland, Oxford and Rome and covers subjects as diverse as Fairies and Artificial Intelligence, from the 1850s to the present.
“Memory and Straw”is published by Luath Press of Edinburgh and Angus Peter will launch it in Glasgow on July 14th, in Inverness on July 27th and in Edinburgh on August 3rd. He will also be reading from it at the Edinburgh Book Festival on August 12th.
Alison Kinnaird will again be teaching this very popular course, which takes place on the beautiful Blackhills Estate near Elgin in Morayshire. Early booking is recommended as the course is limited to fifteen participants.
The atmosphere is always relaxedand friendly and the five day course provides an opportunity to learn in depth. The teaching is all aural - no need to read music - but is aimed at those with some experience of playing the harp, and is therefore not suitable for total beginners.
The £250 course fee includes all tuition and meals, and the early finish time each day allows opportunities to socialise, relax, play music together and explore the estate gardens. Limited accomodation and harp hire is available on a first-come first-served basis.
Alison Kinnaird has been at the forefront of the revival, and continuing success, of the Scottish harp. She plays both gut-strung Scottish harp and wire-strung clarsach, and is recognised as an authority on both the instrument and its history.
Book or find out more from organiser Steph Christie by e-mail at email@example.com or by telephone on 01343 842 223
Over three decades on from her groundbreaking debut release, the cultural landscape and personal timing is right for this solo recording of clarity, poignancy and depth from a remarkable and mature voice. These are songs of love and loss, presented in their most pure form; unaccompanied, vulnerable and beautiful.
To celebrate the release, Christine will perform several songs from the new album on Saturday 24th June, at 5.30pm in CODA, Edinburgh's well known traditional & contemporary folk music specialist record shop. (12 Bank Street, The Mound, EH1 2LN) The event is free to the public, but it's worth arriving early as it may be busy.
Christine Primrose - 'Thig an Smeòrach as t-Earrach' (The Thrush Comes in Spring)
‘…a masterpiece…every note and every syllable here is a note of grace’ Aonghas Phàdraig Caimbeul