We asked Evie Waddell a few questions.
Tell Us About Yourself
I am currently in my last year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland on the BMus traditional music course. I grew up in Stirling and came through Gaelic Medium education. I attended the local Feis Fhoirt classes from a young age. I also was immersed in the intergenerational Riverside Music Project for 10 years led by my mentor and friend Jo Miller.
I went to Dundee to complete an HNC in contemporary dance at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance before moving to Glasgow to pursue music, although throughout my whole life I have always been torn on what to priorities as I enjoy many artforms.
More recently I have been performing in the production MAIM with Theatre Gu Leor. We hope the tour will resume later this year. As I am deaf in one ear, this production allowed me to further develop my British Sign Language skills. This project gave me the confidence to make my recital more deaf friendly and I am currently working on incorporating BSL interpretation of the Gaelic songs.
I am interested in the traditional protest songs and how we can use song as a vehicle for current movements for change.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to create a greater space where people talk about their processes when it comes to interpreting songs, there relationship to the material, storytelling and song writing.
I’d particularly like to learn more from the experience of older women in the traditional music scene and help to provide platforms for this transmission.
I’d like to be involved in more collaborative exchanges in regard to dance and song and help build respect for these artforms.
I hope to do more teaching and more concerts. For more information here is my website https://www.eviewaddell.co.uk/ No current plans to release an album but maybe I’ll wait till I’m 80 like Jock Duncan.
Thanks to Creative Scotland for their support in making this happen.