Tinto Summer School currently offers places to young people aged 12-18. We would like to develop this to offer an additional residential weekend for 20 young adults. Hands Up for Trad maintains a mentoring relationship with many past participants of Tinto Summer School through our other projects, including: BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad Musician of the Year and Distil. Research has found that there is a demand for offering a Senior Tinto Summer School to these young adults, where they can spend a weekend dedicated to developing their music skills with professional musicians, in a supportive environment, ensuring that their interest in Traditional Music remains with them as they make the transition into adulthood.
Hands Up for Trad recognises the importance of supporting young musicians from adolescence and into adulthood, Senior Tinto Summer School will welcome new participants and previous Tinto Summer School participants who wish to develop their Traditional music skills.
Demand for the Tinto summer schools is extremely high and they sell out very quickly. Registration is open now. The booking system is an on-line shop that requires you to sign up and activate an account before you can register. If you have any questions, please contact us. You can also join our mail list.
Findlay Napier is the singer and songwriter in Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers. Nominated as Songwriter of the year in the 2010 ‘MG Alba Scottish Traditional Music Awards’ Napier has been emerging as a writer and performer of increasingly impressive stature. The first Bar Room Mountaineers album, ‘Out All Night’ was released in July 2009 at the Cambridge Folk Festival and received rave reviews. The album was followed by three single releases leading up to the launch of a new album, ‘File Under Fiction’, released in May 2011. Findlay and The Bar Room Mountaineers also run the Hazy Recollections mini-festival in Glasgow. Since January 2010 Hazy Recollections has celebrated and connected acts whose music meets at the boundaries of the indie, folk and roots scenes. Napier is a graduate of the BA Scottish Music Degree course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where he studied Scots song and guitar. On leaving the RSAMD he went onto form multi-award winning band Back of the Moon. The band released three critically albums and toured extensively in the UK, Europe and North America. In 2002 Findlay began writing with Nick Turner and the writing project called ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’ was born. The pair have released two albums under the pseudonym ‘Queen Anne’s Revenge’ and continue to write together. He is also a member of the Northern Songs Collective led by Ronan Keating sideman Jimmy Docherty.
Our second tutor was Morag Brown who taught Indian, Greek, Gaelic songs and tunes!
During the evening and over night at Tinto Summer School, our highly experienced, fully disclosure checked house staff are in charge. Their word is law, but they`re generally pretty nice about it.
Paul has been a member of the house staff since the first Tinto in 2000. He was taught fiddle by Anna Dagg (now of the Whistlebinkies) and developed his playing and singing throughout his teens as a member of Penicuik Folk Club. He’s now immersed in the Edinburgh and Scottish folk scene as a session player and a member of several ceilidh bands. Paul is committed to encouraging young people to get interested in Folk and Traditional music and is a major player in the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, the Edinburgh University Folk Society (Folksoc). Paul is a recent addition to the Fresh Air student radio DJ team and has been presenting “Fresh Folk” since 2006. When he`s not doing all of these things, Paul takes Chemistry workshops and talks into Schools all over the country unde the guise of Chemical Connection. Paul is a big fan of lunchtime soup and cheese and would like you to be aware that the rules of Tinto state that he has first refusal on any leftovers at all times.