Congratulations to Edinburgh Folk Club “Carry On Streamin” who have been nominated in Community Project of the Year sponsored by Greentrax Recordings in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked John Barrow of Edinburgh Folk Club “Carry On Streamin” the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Edinburgh Folk Club was founded in 1973 by folk immersed in the earlier days of the folk revival and has thrived since.
As the silent spring of 2020 evolved, EFC went on line with ‘Carry On Streamin’ a fortnightly virtual concert and an accompanying newssheet, both in support of the Club’s Paddy Bort Fund (named for our late chair). The Fund brings modest but vital financial support to performers who have lost their income.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
We are involved in Scottish music because of its distinctive contribution to national culture with global reach and fundamental sociability.
Any particular career highlights?
The remarkable Paddy Bort – a German who adopted Scotland, worked as an academic on modern Scottish government and had an encyclopaedic knowledge of traditional music – founded the annual Carrying Stream Festival which celebrates the legacy of Hamish Henderson. The core of the Festival is a lecture by a distinguished invited speaker on some aspect of Scottish traditional music and Hamish.
What are your plans for the future?
We believe that Edinburgh Folk Club is now well set up to respond to the challenges of COVID 19 measures. Our immediate plans are to raise more money for the Paddy Bort Fund. In the meantime we are already working on an online Burns Night in January 2021 with a club in Dublin.
In the longer term we look forward to returning to promoting live traditional music in the way we have always done.
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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