‘Reviving the Scottish Folk Music Custom Of Communal Song – Mick West And Muldoon’s Picnic’
Mick West and Muldoon’s Picnic have teamed up to create this wonderful project. There is a CD and also a booklet available to encourage and support those interested in Scots Song. You can see them perform live on 22nd September. http://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/scotlandsings/events/raise-your-voices-with-mick-west-and-muldoons-picnic/
‘The genesis of the latest offering from West, “A Scots Chorus” was in 2011 when he first decided he wanted to explore the possibility of working in concert with other voices and on hearing the amazing a cappella group ’Muldoon’s Picnic’ perform for the first time knew he had found the perfect combination of voices to realise the project’s musical potential.
It was while working folk clubs and festivals and tutoring both adults and school students at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton that West became aware of how important a tool a folksong with a good chorus was to unlocking non-singer/performers self belief in their ability to sing and to engage with, sometimes, quite complicated narratives. Whilst discussing this with representatives of West Highland College and NCETM he was delighted to find that they where looking for quality projects that would help introduce people to different aspects of the Scots musical tradition and so the seed was sown.’
Read more here: http://www.ascotschorus.com/