Congratulations to Laura-Beth Salter who has been nominated in Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Laura-Beth Salter the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I have been teaching mandolin at workshops and music events all over the country for about 15 years and, since moving to Glasgow, have got more involved in organising teaching events as well. I love gigging and writing music, but I also really value getting to meet a wider part of the community through regular teaching at things such as the Glasgow Folk Music Workshop, Feis Gleann Albainn and Falkirk Trad Music Project. Last year I decided that a lot of my regular students could do with something to practice for, and I was inspired by Jenny Henry’s Shetland Mandolin Band to start one in Glasgow. The Glasgow Mandolin Band is a community band for all ages and abilities. I organise the running of it and arrange the music. It is a place to come together and socialise and meet new people as well as learn new tunes. We ow have over 50 members, and can’t wait to be able to get together soon. I also helped establish and teach at the new adult summer school, Glasgow School of Folk with Adam Sutherland, Calum MacCrimmon and John Somerville. We had to run online this year, and are running a winter event too.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I absolutely love the community aspect of trad music in Scotland, both in the professional and craic senses! I get to work with outstandingly talented musicians who have shared so much knowledge and experience with me over the years. I get to gig at a variety of venues, and it really is the people that make them so special. I have a long standing core of students who are so supportive in everything I do and then there are the sessions – sessions in Scotland are incredible. So much variety and so many people that love to play tunes or sing songs for hours . You can’t beat community.
Any particular career highlights?
I am really lucky to have shared a lot of gigging and career highlights with my bandmates in Kinnaris Quintet and The Shee and in my duo with Jenn Butterworth. Winning the Belhaven Innovation Award with Kinnaris Quintet was definitely a highlight! Playing A Night For Angus with Shooglenifty to a packed out Royal Concert Hall was one of the most emotional gig experiences of my career. Touring America with Frigg, playing the mainstage at Cambridge with The Shee. Generally getting to travel and meet so many musicians from all over the world has been amazing!
What are your plans for the future?
Teaching-wise, I am hoping we can grow the Glasgow School of Folk into a great fun yearly event for adults, and that its not too long until the Glasgow Mandolin Band can get together in real life to play music and maybe even do a gig.
Musically, I am working on a new solo album (very slowly!), a debut album with Ali Hutton for our ‘From The Ground’ project and our second album with Kinnaris Quintet. My husband (Calum MacCrimmon) and I have also been doing some writing, and hope to do something with that at some point.
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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