Congratulations to Steve Byrne who have been nominated in Scots Speaker o the Year in the Scots Language Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Steve Byrne the following questions.
Tell us aboot yersel or yer ootfit.
A’m a Scots spikker fae Arbroath in Angus, kent as ane o the foondin memmers o the Scots sang group Malinky. A’v wrocht wi a wheen o organisations tae dae wi tradeetional Scots cultur an the Scots leid ower the years, lik the Kist o Riches archive projeck, the Hamish Henderson archive, warkshops in schuils wi Local Voices, Scots Music Group, Embra Cooncil, the Tradeeitional Muisic Forum an ithers forby.
Whit wis it got ye involvit wi the Scots leid?
A’v aye been interestit in leids, an spik a puckle ither leids as weel as Scots an Inglis. Ma faimily, maist o aa ma grandmither, wis bonnie Scots spikkers, an A wis aye aware o Scots vyces aroon me as a bairn. Whan A wis at the schuil, A got tae ken the poetry o Violet Jacob, Marion Angus an Helen Cruickshank through the sangs o Jim Reid, an scrievit aboot thaim fur ane o ma clesses. A wrocht in ma time at Embra Cooncil wi legislation tae dae wi hamelt leids aroon the time o the Gaelic Leid Ack, an thon wis the stert o me campaignin wi a bit mair virr fur Scots an aa.
Ony particlar career heighlichts?
A wis fair trickit tae be walit Scots Sangster o the Year 2019 in the Scots Trad Awards, an the past twa three year A’v been ower tae Germany as the heid bummer o concert pairties celebratin hamelt leids lik Scots an Gaelic. It’s a richt pleisure tae celebrate ma mither tongue an ither wee leids the warld ower.
Wha’s yer plans fir the days aheid?
A’m wirkin the noo on a projeck tae develop a leid-lairnin mobile app wi Heriot Watt Universitie an A howp tae tak on a bittie mair wark wi Scots Radio ower the neist wee whilie. Mibbes A’ll get roon tae makkin a new CD o Scots sangs afore ower lang, aince the pandemic haes settelt doon. An we hae a bonnie wee dochter wha’s larnin Scots alang wi the German o her mither’s faimily.
The Scots Language Awards 2020 will be online at www.scotslanguageawards.com. We will have a mixture of events on the 23rd / 24th October. Performing at the Award on Saturday 24th September will be Gerda Stevenson, Gary Robertson, Shona Donaldson and Jim Malcolm.
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