Congratulations to Allan & Rosemary McMillan who have been nominated in Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year sponsored by TMSA in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Allan & Rosemary McMillan the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
We are a couple of dabbling amateurs who love traditional music and enjoy any opportunities to perform that come our way !
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
We have always enjoyed this particular genre of music and are members of Edinburgh Folk Club as well as being involved in a ceilidh band. We have friends who are considerably further up the “food chain” (professional performers) and they have been kind enough to let us “open” for them as well as play WITH them.
Any particular career highlights?
Wendy Weatherby has taken us “under her wing” and we are the only two non professionals in ” Mrs Weatherby’s Concert Party” performing in the Fringe /Christmas etc.
This mentoring by Wendy has led to many highlights for us.
What are your plans for the future?
We are very keen to promote our recently published book “Scottish Domestic Bliss 2020 Lockdown”
£10 on Amazon or available directly from us. All monies from the sales of this lighthearted read are being donated to the Paddy Bort Fund ( set up by EFC), which supports folk/traditional musicians unable to work at this time. Our thanks to Margaret Bennett and Gonzalo Mazzei of Grace Note Publications for their advice, help and encouragement with this project.
The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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