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myself that this is not out of fear of years have presented certain people who have experienced
Traditional Music & Dance Week
comparative quality, as I believe organisational challenges. I the summer schools have gone
12th – 17th July
that the best of our music matches have tried as far as possible to on to work or study music on a
the best of any other, but rather to stick with them. Genius comes substantially full time basis.”
Guitar and Instrumental Week
help keep some cohesiveness and at a price, and not necessarily a
19th – 24th July
sense of community among the monetary price. I believe it is a “We have had a number of
Creative Arts Week
audience. Am I being too safe?” price worth paying.” challenges over the years in
July 26th – 31st July
relation to our venues. In America
“Ellen Elmes, one of our visual “Although the age profile of the every College and University will
Common Ground Scotland
arts tutors, talked about safety summer schools tends to be make use of their facilities over
2nd – 7th August
in a positive way saying, “We older rather than younger there the summer period for summer Music Technology and
don’t only need common ground, is a healthy mix of young and camps. We started out in a Performance Week
we need safe ground.” I find old. Some places have been campus venue at an agricultural
9th – 14th August
this interesting because my exchanged but I see a pattern College in Ayrshire but various
experience is that a feeling of emerging which is not dissimilar uncertainties about its future led to
Tutors over the years have
safety can encourage people to the early festivals such as us going elsewhere. This year, the
included: Pete Coe, Sue Coe,
to take risks, such as trying out Kinross, Newcastleton and The Summer Schools are moving back
Eddie Walker, Neil Paterson, Kirty Mandir,
a new song for the first time. National, where we had a chance to a University campus setting
Simon Mayor, Hilary James, Nigel
Clearly safety has positive as well to meet with an older generation in Dundee. It was development
Gatherer, Maggie MacInnes, Wendy
as negative implications. I do of traditional musicians. The Pete potential that led to our choice of
Stewart, John Weatherby, Kris Koren,
however think that some of our Coes and Heather Heywoods of Dundee, it has all the facilities that
Graeme Gass, Anthea Summers, Steve
special performers have been this world may now have changed we need and we look forward to
Tilston, Chris Gibb, Rowan Rheingans,
marginalised on the grounds of places with the Willie Scotts, building a great relationship with
Jim Bainbridge, Frank McLaughlin, Phil
negative safety. How organisers Fred Jordans and Lizzie Higgins. them.”
Brown, Adam McNaughtan, Nick Spencer,
reacted to Peter Bellamy is a Now they are in a position to
Colin McNab, Pete Clark, Gerry O’Connor,
good example of this. Peter was encourage those younger people www.livingtradition.org.uk/
Fraser Speirs, Ellen Elmes, Heather
a wonderful performer whose who are discovering this music. summerschools
Heywood, Claire Mann, Bobby Robb,
set could be radically different The summer schools are not
Frank McGuire, Lynn Tocker, Bob Hall,
from one night to the next. He aimed specifically at young people The Swannanoa Gathering
Hilary Blythe, Brian Connolly, Gordeanna
wasn’t easy listening but you had but a strong youth development www.swangathering.com
McCulloch, Bob Blair, Walt Michael,
to listen! Many organisers took process has emerged over
Rick Lee, Wizz Jones, Chris Foster,
the view that ‘their audiences’ the years. Ten years is a long Augusta Heritage
Sparky Rucker, Lea Gilmore, Karine
wouldn’t like him. Some of time when you are young and Center Workshops
Polwart, Alison McMorland, Geordie
our tutors and artists over the in that time a number of young www.augustaheritage.com
McIntyre, Steve Turner and more.
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