Here are the photos from Tinto 15! A great time was had 🙂
And here are the photos from Tinto 16!
This song was written by Charlotte Murray and the Tinto Senior girls for a performance at our Tinto concert. The words are sang to the melody of Don Mclean’s American Pie. You can sing along with the video at the bottom of page.
A long, long time ago
I can still remember,
How Tinto used to make me smile
And I knew that I had the chance
I would come back to ceilidh dance
And maybe I’d be happy for a while
But I grew up and had to leave
And sadly no more soup and cheese
But but good news on the the website
I could have some more nights
When I found out I nearly cried
that my Tinto dreams had not died
And something touched me deep inside
The day the music came alive
So, Hi, hi, Paul and Simon Thoumire,
Finlay,Callum, Greg and Dan and Edward all aspire
To sing Like Findlay and play like Morag round the fire
Singing I will never retire
From Tinto I will never retire.
Did you ever win TopCat?
And did you get to wear the replica hat?
If you were the star of the show
And did you come to all the morning warm-ups?
Did Paul make you do some terrible star-jumps?
Screaming “Morning!” with his tuneless mandolin?
But where are Athole and Louise?
They’re missing all the soup and cheese!
And all those late night parties
And getting high on all the smarties!
I was a lonely teenage fiddle player
With nothing but rosin and a CD player
But I knew I was in luck on the day
I started singing.
Helter Shelter without a summer swelter
Eaten by midgies without any shelter
Campfire songs in year past
The tutors football on the grass
The players made for a forward pass
With Hannah on the sidelines on her ass
Now the ceilidh costumes were quite bizzare
And Finlay had certainly gone to far
We all got up to dance
But Finlay never stood a chance
The rooms we tried to tidy up
But they turned to forts and ships and stuff
We always managed to pull it off
When the music came alive
Here’s the video!
Teaching at Tinto 16 is Wick fiddler Gordon Gunn. Gordon’s an amazing fiddler with a different style to most other Scottish fiddlers I think. He has a very fluid style combined with fantastic technique. When his debut recording from the Gordon Gunn Band – “Shoreside” (Greentrax Recordings CDTRAX 204 (2000)). I remember Ian Green of Greentrax telling everyone how Gordon was his favourite fiddler. When I wrote my Scottish Fiddle Concerto in 2007 Gordon was my first thought to take the lead. He was great on the piece as well amazing everyone in the band with his solos!
Gordon is a well known as a fiddler – solo and with Session A9 and tours regularly throughout the world so it’s a real opportunity to have him teach at Tinto Summer School. You can book now onto the course July 15th – 20th, Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire.
We’re very happy that our latest Tinto leaflets are ready to go! They look fantastic. Thanks to 16k Design for their brilliant work.
During December, EYG tutor Mike Vass releases his second solo recording ‘DecemberWell’ and to celebrate we’re having a very special EYG Groupwork day. DecemberWell was conceived during one sleepless night in October 2011, and culminated in the recording of Mike’s most ambitious project to date. Mike set out to write and record a full length album in one month, December2011, inspired by the Scottish Winter.
‘December has always held a great fascination for me. It’s amazing that in such a dark, cold and often bleak month, we celebrate with some of our warmest, light-filled festivals. The simple beauty of winter is the backdrop for cherished reunions with family and old friends and the celebration of our shared history and culture. In this album I wanted to explore these ideas instrumentally and tried to capture the widely differing, magical, aspects of December’
Come and join Mike, Mairearad Green, Innes Watson and Fi Vass on the 2nd Dec 2012 10am – 2pm 22 Walker Street to create some wintry sounds.
This workshop is open to anyone aged 9-20 who has been playing their instrument for at least two years. All instruments welcome!
Workshop costs £15, but you can get a reduced-price copy of the album if you buy it when you book (£22 combined price workshop and album). At the end of the session, the workshop participants will be invited to perform at Mike’s album launch that evening (5pm, Hemma, 75 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh).
Here’s a taster from the album: http://soundcloud.com/mikevass/02-looking-through