A big thank you to the dedicated team of ceilidh volunteers who do a terrific job running these essential fundraising events for SMG. Photo from their thank you dinner at First Coast. From the left Annie, Alison M, Hing, Alan, Paul & Christine. Thanks also to John, Lynne, Betty & Jenny who couldn’t make it along to the meal and to Alison W who took the photo!
Congratulations to Wendy Carle Taylor who lead a group of singers, including students from her Singing for Fun class, who sang 'Here’s to our Common Wealth’ in the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 14 June on the Queen’s Baton’s visit to Edinburgh.
This new song was specially written in Scots, Gaelic and English by Phil Cunningham, Karine Polwart, Ali Burns and Findlay Napier for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer. The Big Song Relay is produced by Hands Up For Trad as part of the Big Big Sing, produced by Glasgow UNESCO City of Culture.
All are invited to attend a concert hosted by MI1 on Wednesday 11th June at Gorgie Dalry Parish Church at 10am.
Go hear how good they are!
On Friday 13th June from 7-9pm Sing Together is hosting a wee end of term gathering following the success of last year’s event! All SMG students and friends are welcome to come along to perform or to listen.
Groups and individuals are invited to give us a tune or a song, and there will be food and drink to share. Small entry fee.
Please contact Scarlett to book a slot – firstname.lastname@example.org
All info and enrolment here!
Four short courses are running this term at Boroughmuir:
Ballad and Song with Aileen Carr
Composing Trad Tunes with Adam Sutherland
Session Etiquette with Mark Neal & Eilidh Steel
Folk Band 2014 with Rachel Newton & Laura-Beth Salter
Courses run on a Tuesday evening, starting 20th May for four weeks, to avoid clashing with other evening classes. Prices are £44/£36 concession for non-members, £38/£30 concession for members.
Supported by Creative Scotland / Enterprise Music Scotland
Café Ceilidh, a friendly day-time session hosted by our friends Linten Adie, has moved its regular event to St Bride’s Community Centre, Orwell Terrace.
All singers and musicians from SMG are very welcome to come along to perform or to listen. This is a real confidence builder for those who are new to performing to an audience, and fun for those who are more experienced.
May 20th St Bride’s Centre, 1.30pm
June 3rd Storytelling Centre, 2pm – part of the Old Town Festival
June 17th St Bride’s Centre, 1.30pm
A handsel of eclectic musical talent – Stan Reeves & Matt Smith playing with Sarah Northcott; singers Wendy Carle Taylor, Steve Byrne, Mary McCann & Jennifer Sterling; fiddlers galore and stepdancing with Alison Carlyle. Tutors past and present mix it for a diverse evening of ceilidh culture.
Friday 9th May * 7.30pm
Teviot Row House Debating Hall * £10/£8
Tickets on the door or from Storytelling Centre
Part of Tradfest
If you enjoy SMG’s classes and events, please consider getting more involved with the organisation by joining the Board.
We are looking for enthusiastic and proactive people to help with planning our activities and overseeing the day-to-day running of SMG. The Board is friendly and informal, and meets around once a month in central Edinburgh for around two hours (usually a weekday at 5.30pm). You don’t need any particular skills or experience – just a willingness to get involved.
If you’d like to come along to a meeting to see what it’s like, or chat through what would be required, please contact the chair, Alison Carlyle, at email@example.com