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I’ll be singing a song at this TMSA concert as part of Celtic Connections: 101 Scottish Songs – The Wee Red Book, St Andrews in the Square, Friday 2nd February at 7.30pm. Watch this space for further details.

Linten Adie’s concert at Priestfield Church was a sellout and has raised, so far, well over £1900 . Lots of very enrhusiastic comments about the music. Money from ticket sales will go towards the improvement of the small clinic in Bonsie community, Western Region, Ghana.

Linten Adie – probably the best community singing group that meets in Dalry on a Tuesday

Scots Music Group’s Sing Solo is going well at Gillespie’s on a Wednesday evening. You can find out more and sign up here Jim from the class won the Novice Cup at Kirriemuir Festival. He said he would never have been able to stand up and sing without the confidence he got from the support and encouragement he got from the class – that’s not just the tutor, it’s all of us. He sang The Twa Sisters – a big serious song, and did a great job. 

I had a very enjoyable gig again at Rolling Hills Folk Club in the new year – a full house. Great venue, lovely folk, and top floor singers

And I was delighted to be asked to do a 15 minute set of Burns songs to precede the showing, at the Storytelling Centre, of Tim Neat’s film about Jean Redpath & Serge Hovey’s collaboration on the songs of Burns, The Tree of Liberty

I was very pleased to have my song ‘Duke Street to Jericho’ included on the Greentrax CD ‘Scotia Nova – Songs for the Early Days of a Better Nation’, and to sing it to a packed house at Celtic Connections. You can buy it here

The song came from the SMG Inspire Project, and working with the groups continued to be an inspiration to all of us I’ve enjoyed working with Jenny Gardner at the Alma group, and at Cunningham House, a hostel for homeless folk, in the Cowgate. Inspire 3 has come to an end but our leader, the tireless Sarah Northcott, has plans…watch this space. Here are songs from the project

And I’m also enjoying doing some guitar tutoring – a couple of enthusiastic and hard working ‘students’

Roy Bailey’s EP is available on ITunes. ‘I Thought I Had No Voice’ is on it. Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting accompanying

Some songs on youtube

Here’s Roy Bailey singing ‘I Thought I Had No Voice’ at Towersey Festival

and Dick Gaughan singing ‘Duke Street to Jericho’, a song I wrote during Inspire 2 – the men and women at the Bethany Christian Trust spoke of their fears about benefit cuts

and here you can download Karine Polwart singing a ‘All These Things I’ll Do’, a song I wrote with Sandra Taylor, a woman I met at Bethany Women’s Group. Sandra had had the words in her head for many years. She and I both heard Karine sing it at the Queens Hall in Edinburgh