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Opinion
Music organisations
in crisis?
T
he closure of the Yorkshire risk of closure, and could undo
Dales Workshop is sad, and the sterling efforts of (mainly)
may well be only the tip of volunteers who have played a
the iceberg as voluntary groups major role in the renaissance of
everywhere report substantial traditional music.
cuts in arts funding.
It is easy for anyone in the
The Scottish music scene, the voluntary sector to become
one I am involved with, has paranoid about funding – but
seen huge problems with the it does not mean that they are
Scottish Arts Council Foundation not out to get you! The Scottish
funding being withdrawn from Council of Voluntary Services
numerous groups, including the estimates that over 2,500 groups
TMSA, the Scots Music Group have already had funding cut
(Adult Learning Project) winner of as a result of money being held
Community Project of the Year title back or redirected because of
in the Scots Trad Music Awards the London Olympics and the
2007, and the Scottish Traditions Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
of Dance Trust. Out of sixty three
successful arts funding awards, What money is available for
only one is promoting Scottish the Arts appears to be directed
Traditional arts. This decision in accordance with the latest
will put numerous groups at buzz words for funders – ‘new’,
Tom McConville has for many years been regarded as the top fiddle player in the
country. Styles and techniques learned in the company of the masters Sean McGuire,
Stephane Grapelli and Bluegrass legend Byron Berline, give Tom an endless variety of
interpretations to his songs and tunes. His live performance combines a rollercoaster
of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes through beautiful slow airs and of
course, great singing; - all presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style.
In 2009 Tom won the coveted ‘Musician of The Year’ at the BBC Folk awards. A
panel of 170 broadcasters, folk journalists, festival organisers, agents, promoters etc
recognised Tom’s 36 year contribution to the folk scene. The respect of his peers and
influence on the younger generation of folk musicians was celebrated at a glittering
ceremony in London. In the presence of James Taylor, Ralph McTell, Judy Collins and
Bert Jansch, Tom was presented with the award by previous winner Seth Lakeman
who credits Tom, his mentor, as his biggest influence.
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