Read All About Them!

Willie HunterThat’s all the biogs and photos up on our Hall of Fame website Some really interesting texts and photos from Jim Gilchrist and Louis DeCarlo. Check them out.

There are still tickets available for Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner on the 11th October. We’re getting close to 100 for dinner so why don’t you join us – it’ll be fab! Buy your ticket here

Not long now till the Hall of Fame Dinner

…in Oran Mor, Glasgow on Friday 11th October. Have you got your ticket yet? I’m really looking forward to hearing all the performers.. Don’t forget if you buy a tickets you will hear Dick Gaughan, Kenna Campbell, Maureen Jelks and Paddy Callaghan. All the 2013 inductees will be there as well. If you have ever wanted to ask them a question this will be your chance. Buy a tickets here


The Saltire Society

We are very pleased that The Saltire Society are sponsoring the 2013 Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame again. Here’s some of information about them.

The Saltire Society was founded in 1936 to improve the quality of life in Scotland and restore the country to its proper place as a creative force in Europe. It seeks to preserve all that is best in Scottish tradition and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life. It has wide ranging interests including architecture, arts & crafts, civil engineering, history, literature, music, and science – and promotes excellence in many fields through a series of national awards.

Why not come along at meet the Saltire Society at the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner on the 11th October in Oran Mor, Glasgow. More info here.

The Society also seeks to revive the memory of famous Scots and to make the nation conscious of its heritage. It seeks to influence decision makers in Scotland through its committees. As well as working at national level the Society has members in branches throughout Scotland, working to promote the Society’s aims within their own communities.

Membership of the Saltire Society is open to all individuals and organisations who support the aims of the Society.

The Objectives of the Saltire Society
The Objectives are educational, cultural, and exclusively charitable in law namely to:

  • increase public awareness of Scotland’s distinct natural and cultural heritage in all its richness and diversity and foster the cherishing and enrichment of all aspects of that heritage, including the Scots and Gaelic languages.
  • enhance the quality of Scotland’s contribution to all the arts and sciences by encouraging creativity, inventiveness, and the achievement of the highest standards of excellence in these fields.
  • build on the achievements of the past to advance Scotland’s standing as a vibrant, creative force in European civilisation.
  • improve all aspects of Scottish life and letters at home and abroad, and strengthen Scotland’s cultural links with other countries and peoples.

The Society may co-operate with other organisations on matters which are in accord with its Objectives and give appropriate public expression to its views (as formulated by a General Meeting or by Council) within the constraint that the Society has no party-political or sectarian affiliation.

The name ‘Saltire’ was taken from the oblique white cross on an azure field – in heraldry, a saltire – which is the emblem of St. Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, and forms the national flag.

On 2nd December 1983, The Lord Lyon King of Arms granted the Saltire Society its own Ensigns Armorial. The design of the Society’s Coat-of-Arms combines the Scottish flag with part of Nova Scotia’s and signifies the interdependence of past, present and future.

Passing on the tradition

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame logo 2As the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame starts to move into gear for 2013 it’s important that we still continue to stress that the tradition still needs to be passed on to the next generation. We can all look at YouTube, iTunes, Spotify etc and see many of our great singers and musicians playing however when it comes down to it there is nothing better than face to face meetings between people.

Tickets on sale now for Hall of Fame Dinner 11th October, Glasgow – £30

Is this happening at the moment? Hands Up for Trad’s Paths to Songs project has been successful so far bringing young and older singers together so young singers can learn how to communicate songs. Basically the young singers travel to meet the experienced singers in a place that suits the mentor.

Older bagpipers seem to be venerated by younger players and there seems to be a structure in place where players will go and meet these guys. Feis Rois also ran a school where younger musicians got to work with older players for a week

Outside this I think more can happen. I found with Paths for Songs that it wasn’t that young singers didn’t want to work with these guys but either they didn’t know how to contact the singers or they were afraid to ask. It was never that they felt that older musicians had nothing to offer them.

So maybe the answer is that musicians young and old have to offer their services (maybe free maybe paid). We shouldn’t be afraid to ask though – most people will say yes if asked nicely. If people have free time outside work or they are retired why not spend it passing on the tradition to the next generation. Do you know someone that you could help?

The Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner is on the 11th October in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. Why not come along and meet some of Scotland’s traditional heroes.

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner Menu in Scots

BannocksHere is the menu (in Scots ) for our Scottish Traditional Music hall of Fame Dinner on Friday 11th October, Oran Mor, Glasgow at 7.30pm. Want to come? You should it will be fantastic! Read more about the Scottish Traditional Music hall of Fame Dinner. (Menus are also available in Gaelic and English)

A rare menu for ye tae swither ower. Jist chuise whitna stairter, main an dessert ye’d like.

Hodge-podge broth o vitals an greens
Fermhoose Pate wi aipricots an beltane bannocks
Scots Gaits Cheese an Rid Ingan Tairt servit wi pimentos an olyve dressin

Pan Roastit Hen Briest wi a Rid Wine Juice or Arran mustart ream gravy. Servit wi New Tatties an a wheen o seasonal greens and the like.
Hert Warmin Auld Style Steak Pie. Servit wi a wheen o the season’s greens an roastit tatties flevourit wi rosemary.

Iffin ye dinna tak meat an wid raither chuise an ashet o vitals an greens, ye could hae
Asparagus an Mint Risotto wi a Rocket Salad an Toastit Breid wi Herbs

Baikit Vanilla Cheesecake
Licht as a feather Duo o Chocolat Mousse

Followit bi new-millit coffee or fine brewit tea (translation by Elizabeth Thoumire)

Read more about the Scottish Traditional Music hall of Fame Dinner.

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Menu in English

Here is the menu for our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner on 11th October in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. Would you like to come? Buy a ticket here.


Soup of the Day
Farmhouse Pate with Apricots and Oat cakes
Scottish Goats Cheese and Red Onion Tart with Pimentos and Olive Dressing

Main Course

Pan Seared Breast of Chicken with a Red Wine Jus or Arran Mustard Sauce served with New Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Traditional Steak Pie served with Rosemary Roasted Potatoes and Seasonal Vegetables
Asparagus and Mint Risotto with a Rocket Salad and Herb Toast (V)


Baked Vanilla Cheesecake
Duo of Chocolate Mousse

Read this menu in Gaelic and Scots.

Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Menu in Gaelic

Here is the menu for our Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner on 11th October in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. Would you like to come? Buy a ticket here.


Brot an Latha
Pâté Tuathanais le Apracotan is Aran-coirce
Càise Gobhair Albannaich agus Pigheann le Uinneanan Dearga, le Pimentos is Sùgh a’ Chroinn-ola

Prìomh Chùrsaichean

Pan Seared Breast of Chicken with a Red Wine Jus or Arran Mustard Sauce served

Uchd Circe air a Ròstadh sa Phana le Jus Fìon Dearg no Sabhs Mustard à Arainn còmhla ri Buntàta Ùr is Glasraich na Ràithe
Paidh Staoig Traidiseanta còmhla ri Buntàta Ròsta le Ròs-Màiri is Glasraich na Ràithe
Risotto le Aspàrag is Meannt còmhla ri Sailead Rocket agus Tost Lusan (V)


Càis-chèic Vanilla
Mousse Teoclaid Dùbailte

Read this menu in English and Scots.

Thanks to Bòrd na Gàidhlig for the translation

Tickets on sale for the second Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner

Hands Up for Trad in partnership with the Saltire Society are hosting the 2nd Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame Dinner on October 11th 2013 in Glasgow’s Oran Mor. This will be a 3 course dinner at one of Glasgow’s premier venues and will feature entertainment from the brilliant

  • Dick Gaughan
  • Kenna Campbell
  • Maureen Jelks
  • Paddy Callaghan (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2013).

Tickets are £40 for this fantastic evenings entertainment. Buy your ticket here! Tich Frier will be compere and will introduce the 2013 inductees who are:

Sileas – Mary MacMaster and Patsy Seddon
Elizabeth Stewart
Boys of the Lough
The Gaugers
Kenny Thomson
Iain MacDonald (Glenuig)

Will Starr
Willie Hunter
Pipe-Major Donald MacLeod MBE

Services to Gaelic Music
Calum Kennedy

Hamish Henderson Services to Traditional Music
Dr Emily Lyle

Look forward to seeing you there :-) You can buy tickets for the dinner here.

Thanks to our other partners MG ALBA and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.