Congratulations to Duncan Chisholm’s #CovidCeilidh who has been nominated in Online Performance of 2020 sponsored by Gordon Duncan Memorial Trust in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Duncan Chisholm of #CovidCeilidh the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Back in March I started off the hashtag COVIDCeilidh. It was basically a call to other musicians to post an acoustic track on to social media whenever they could, in order to bring people together through music, to comfort and reassure people who might be feeling isolated or vulnerable. The response was amazing with thousands of tracks being posted from all around the world and millions of views. What was especially gratifying were the messages of thanks from people, people who genuinely felt relief and were uplifted by listening to the music during some very dark days.
As a musician posting every day it was a real cathartic experience for me and I guess was a timely reminder of how important music is to all of us, what it can bring to our lives in terms of inspiration, solace, hope and companionship.”
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Professional musician for 30 years now playing fiddle
Any particular career highlights?
3 times ‘Album of the Year’ Winner at Scots Trad Music Awards
What are your plans for the future?
Retraining to become Chancellor of the Exchequer
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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