Congratulations to HUFT Virtual Strathspey & Reel 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 Claire Gullan of HUFT Virtual Strathspey & Reel the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
The HUFT Virtual Strathspey & Reel was born out of Covid 19 Lockdown at the beginning of 2020.
It is an online virtual Scottish Music orchestra (or Strathspey & Reel) where players can play along with Claire leading on her fiddle, accompanied by piano & backing band.
Playing together on fortnightly Wednesdays has brought together an international community of players from Canada to the Netherlands with everything in between & beyond!
Players are provided with notated music & accompanying videos to help them reach their tune playing enjoyment potential and encouraged to make connections & get to know each other at the Strathspey & Reel itself, and within the community Facebook group.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Because I love it and all the adventures and music making that comes with it!
Any particular career highlights?
Every Wednesday is a highlight when all the smiling faces appear on the screen & start chatting with each other & enjoying playing music together.
What are your plans for the future?
To keep the HUFT Virtual Strathspey & Reel going, to provide a tune playing outlet for as long as people keep enjoying it! It would be out of this world to put on a concert at some stage, if technology allows.
Read more about HUFT Virtual Strathspey & Reel
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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