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September 2016, a new term, and lots to look back on, and forward to

The Scots Music Group’s Sing Solo group performed a sold out concert at the Fringe – you can sign up here for the 2016/2017 season: https://www.scotsmusic.org/classes/song/

Linten Adie are working towards their third Fringe show in summer 2017, in the Big Room at The Acoustic Music Centre. It continues to be a wonderful advert for the power of singing and the power of making friends ‘it’s about more than the music’ as the late Bobby McLean so neatly put it

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 from me via this website, or here: http://www.greentrax.com/music/product/scotia-nova-songs-for-the-early-days-of-a-better-nation

The song came from the SMG Inspire Project, and working with the groups continues to be an inspiration to all of us http://www.inspirescotsmusic.org.uk/ I’m enjoying working with Jenny Gardner at the Alma group, and at Cunningham House, a hostel in the Cowgate

I’m looking forward very much to working with Mairi McFadyen at the Storytelling Centre http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/5934/lift-your-voice-explore-the-scots-song-tradition-1

I’ll be going down to Selkirk to work with Riddell Fiddles from time to time – will be good to see and hear them again. And I’m also enjoying doing some guitar tutoring

Roy Bailey’s EP is available on ITunes. ‘I Thought I Had No Voice’ is on it. Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting accompanying:  https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stories-ep/id828120087

Some songs on youtube – http://www.youtube.com/user/scottmurraysongs

Here’s Roy Bailey singing ‘I Thought I Had No Voice’ at Towersey Festival – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=emdVsCSwUAQ

– 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 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypVN0V04TBc

– 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 in August – http://www.inspirescotsmusic.org.uk/songs-from-inspire