Congratulations to Gary Ebdy, Lunas who has been nominated in Lighting Designer of the Year in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2022. Vote for Gary Ebdy, Lunas now!. It’s going to be another great night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Sunday 4th December in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Why not join us for a brilliant night of music and awards. Buy a ticket here.
We asked Gary of Gary Ebdy, Lunas the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I have been working in the music industry for 18 years as a lighting designer. Twelve years ago I started my own company, Lunas, and since then I have been providing lighting and design services for events in music, sport, film and tv.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I started playing the bagpipes when I was in primary school and went on to play with the Vale of Atholl pipe band under Ian and Gordon Duncan.
When I got my first venue job in lighting I ended up lighting quite a few gigs with old pipe band mates, Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton, and then I went on to lightinf Treacherous Orchestra.
When I started Lunas and became self employed I then began working with a lot more acts in the Scottish music scene.
Any particular career highlights?
The recent show I did with Elephant Sessions in a Barrowlands was one of the favourite shows I’ve ever done. Lighting, video and lasers were designed, programmed and operated from my desk. There were so many elements to that show that we put months of work in to and it was great to see it come together like it did.
Over the last 5 or 6 years I have been touring with one of my favourite lighting designers, Rich Larkum. Working so closely with him has been a career highlight and I feel has brought my own work to another level.
What are your plans for the future?
I have recently been integrating more visual content and set pieces in to the shows I’ve been designing. This is something I would like to develop further, beyond using just lighting to create the visual look of a show.
The 2022 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are back to normal on the 4th December 2022! You will be able to watch it live in person (buy a ticket here),Watch it live in the UK at 9pm (GMT) on BBC ALBA and and around the world here. Bands performing on Sunday 4th December include Elephant Sessions, Fara, Trip, Eryn Rae Trio, The Auldeners, Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band, Irish Minstrels, Tayside Young Fiddlers, and a James Alexander Tribute.
If you would like to support Hands Up for Trad in their work with Scottish trad music and musicians why not become a friend of Hands Up for Trad. In addition to our high profile events like the Scots Trad Music Awards, we also deliver a less well known, education programme for young people from 8yrs right through to young adults at the start of their careers. Read more here.