Congratulations to Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular who have been nominated in Live Act of the Year sponsored by Greentrax in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2014. Vote now!
We asked Gavin Marwick of Gavin Marwick’s Journeyman Spectacular the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
“The Journeyman Spectacular is a ten piece band taken from the thirteen musicians who were involved in the recording of Gavin Marwick’s ‘The Long Road and The Far Horizons’ CD. The band was originally formed do some concerts to promote the CD, but has been having so much fun, and been so well responded to by audiences, that it will be carrying on doing concerts performing the material written by Gavin, and some material from the four smaller line ups within the 10 piece. ‘It’s like a folk festival on stage’. The band are Gavin Marwick – fiddle; Ruth Morris – nyckelharpa/ fiddle/ piano; Cameron Robson – cittern/ Jews harp/ guitar; Bob Turner – piano; Gregor Lowrey – accordion; Fraser Fifield – sax/ low whistle/ kaval/ cajon; Jonny Hardie – fiddle/ guitar/ voice; Davy Cattanach – percussion/ guitar/ voice; Aaron Jones – bouzouki/ bass/ voice; Claire Mann – flute/ fiddle/ voice.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
:”All of the members of the Journeyman Spectacular are performers who have been involved in Scottish music for many years, and the reason this band exists is to make the work of Scottish composer and fiddle player Gavin Marwick more widely available.”
Any particular career highlights?
:”The development of the project over the years includes smaller, 3-6 piece versions of the line up playing gigs and festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Traverse Cubed, a trip to Italy and New Voices at Celtic Connections ’08; rehearsing and recording ‘The Long Road and The Far Horizons’ album; the album launch at Celtic Connections ’14 with the full Journeyman Spectacular and the subsequent Easter tour and other festivals and concerts round Scotland. A wonderful year completed by being nominated for the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014 :-)”
What are your plans for the future?
” We have funding from Creative Scotland to support the big band for a number of shows from next Easter, which we are booking now. Beyond this, the plan is to publish more tune books and release more albums of original material in an ongoing series: I have a lot of material to sift through and if I don’t do it then no-one else will. I would like to keep the Journeyman Spectacular format as a way of recording and performing, the solos/duos/trios/big band flexibility is very rewarding musically.”
Buy a ticket for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday 13th December in Inverness Leisure, start time 7pm. You’ll have a great time!