Tomorrow I’m off tae Barga, Tuscany in Italy to teach for the second year at Hamish Moore’s School of Scots Music Song & Dance.
It’s gonna be great crack teaching alongside the Scottish talents of Kathleen MacInnes, Finn Moore, Garry West and Siobhan Miller, as well as the beautiful Melody & Derrick Cameron from Cape Breton.
I got in fiddle training last week playing with Eilidh and her Mum at The Oban Balls’ eight hour marathon, two nights running… feeling ready for any amount of fiddle tunes thrown at me in Italy now.
Well apart from playing the fiddle there has been a fair amount of dressing up in grand attire and painting my face white and dancing around various locations in Scotland with my banjo performing with Oceanallover again. We’ve been back to Orkney for a week, where we got to play in a large oil tank from World War II. We also performed at The Boy’s Ploughing Match, where it wasn’t obvious who out of the two groups were the most eccentric. See photos and video…