Paths to Songs

Paths to SongsThis is a new Hands Up for Trad initiative called Paths to Songs. In this scheme we ask experienced singers to pass down their tradition to a younger generation of singers giving them a path to learn folk songs and ballads. We are very keen for singers to learn how to be the vehicle for the song and how to communicate its meaning. The agreement will be between the mentor and the mentee but we hope the arrangement will be for 1 year.

Read about the Paths to Songs Mentees
Read about the Paths to Songs Mentors

As you will imagine this is not a new idea and something that has happened for hundreds of years in the community through the oral tradition. We are not trying to reinvent the wheel just keep it spinning and encourage more singing of the old songs!

After each lesson with the tradition bearer the young singer will blog their experiences so the information they have learnt can be passed on. We also hope that the young singers will then pass on their skills to young singers in the next generation.

If you would like to be involved in this initiative please contact Simon Thoumire [email protected]

Mentors involved or showed an interest so far include Sheena Wellington, Anne Neilson, Rona Lightfoot, Christine Kydd, Geordie Murison, Christina Stewart, Bob Knight.

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After tea…

I arrived at Rona from Sabhal Mor in Skye just before teatime. Once we’d finished the lovely meal we tucked into the songs. I went into these lessons with Rona with intention of learning songs connected and similar to pipe tunes. With Rona’s … Continue reading

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Auld Grey Beard & Drumdelgie

First of all – apologies for the lateness of these blogs! I have been a busy bee these past couple of months! A holiday to Rome, starting my dissertation at University and the Aberdeen TMSA branch have had some brilliant … Continue reading

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My Son David

I’ve had two sessions since my last blog and Anne and I have been working hard on lots of different songs to try out new things. I’ve still been practicing ‘Mary Hamilton’, ‘Rothesay O’ and ‘My Son David’ (a variation of the … Continue reading

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The fun of singing!

I was just sitting on the train to Glasgow on my way to a band practice when I realised I had forgotten to write this blog. I remembered because the train went past the Victorian bandstand on the Magdalen or … Continue reading

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Newport Braes

Ailis Sutherland’s 2nd blog. Maureen gave me a few local songs this week. Amongst them were “Tatties and Herrin’” a great wee song with a catchy chorus that mentions places like “Aiberdeen and Stonehaven” – Stoney – by the way … Continue reading

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Singing in front of a single person

Sinead Leach’s first Paths to Songs blog Sitting on a bus rolling slowly through Angus, on one of the last days of summer, I was fairly scared of the prospect of what was to come. I had been in contact … Continue reading

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Belt it out!

I have been focussing on 3 songs so far and we spent time today talking about where we would go next. The 3 songs so far have been Mary Mild, Far Over the Forth and The Border Widow’s Lament. I … Continue reading

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Oh, Dear Me!

I went up to Maureen’s last week to have a chat and discuss what we were going to do. She sent me home with her first album to see if I liked any of the songs on it. She said … Continue reading

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Wighton Heritage Centre

Instead of going to Sheena’s house this week I got to be a massive geek at the Wighton Heritage Centre. We looked through several really interesting collections – Wighton’s collection was a bizarre mix of dirty songs copied from Thomas … Continue reading

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Blog no.2 – Getting stuck in to some songs!

So, having met and blethered with Ellen at the last session we were keen to do more singing this time. I have been enjoying her CD ‘On Yonder Lea’ since I saw her last and was particularly taken with the … Continue reading

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