Congratulations to David Halcrow Band who have been nominated in Dance band of the Year sponsored by National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. Vote now!
We asked David Halcrow of David Halcrow Band the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
The David Halcrow Band is based in the Shetland Isles at the north tip of Scotland.
The six members are,
David Halcrow , Accordion
Iain Williamson , Fiddle
Margaret Robertson , Piano
Alan Nicolson , Harmony Accordion
Graham Malcolmson, Double Bass
Graham Jamieson , Drums
We have played together for several years and draw our influences from
varied musical genres of Scottish Dance, Folk & Traditional styles found in abundance in the Isles.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Each member of the band and myself was brought up surrounded in the Traditional music.
I remember at an early age some of the sessions that was held at our house, and being inspired by the visiting musicians and friends different styles of music.
Any particular career highlights?
It's hard to pick a specific highlight but I would say one is when we launched our debut CD at the 30th Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival in October this year, and another was taking part in a concert at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow at Celtic Connections.
What are your plans for the future?
We are hoping to carry on playing and composing at every opportunity to support the Traditional Music.
If you would like to come along to the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards in Paisley’s Lagoon Centre call 0300 300 1210 or to buy online visit www.paisley2021.co.uk/events/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards. Tickets can also be purchased via Paisley Arts Centre. Bands performing on Saturday 2nd December include Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band, Siobhan Miller, Tidelines, Paisley Fèis, Snuffbox, The Seamus O’Sullivan Experience, Lori Watson, Jenna Reid and Harris Playfair, Songs of Bàrd Phàislig (featuring Gillebrìde MacIlleMhaoil, Sìneag MacIntyre, Màiri NicAonghais, Seonaidh MacIntyre, Ewan MacPherson, Mhairi Hall, Màiri Nic a Mhaoilein and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards till 1am.