Saturday Talks
Summerhall Anatomy Lecture Theatre

Your chance to listen, question and tap into the expertise of the people who know the tradition inside out.
Entrance with a Saturday Day Ticket or a Supersaver.

12.30pm Drake Music Scotland and the Equilibrium Ensemble

Drake Music Scotland is the nation’s leading charity creating opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to learn, compose and perform music independently. This talk will give an overview of the technology and methods that we use and features the Equilibrium Ensemble who create and perform new music influenced by Traditional Scottish music and stories.



Drake Music ScotlandEquilibrium Ensemble
1:30pm Pete Shepheard: The Fiddle Music of Tom Hughes of Jedburgh

Pete Shepheard talks about his new book on the traditional repertoire and fiddle style of Tom Hughes of Jedburgh. Tom's old Border style is clearly traditional but distinct from other Scottish Styles. His bowings and use of ringing strings and double stops are characteristic of older ways of playing. The presentation will include music from Tom's grandson, Jimmy Nagle and the Border Fiddle Group.

Pete Shepheard
2:30pm Karen McAulay: Fiddle Books by the Dozen

Music librarian and researcher Karen McAulay was awarded her PhD on historic Scottish song collecting in 2009, and by 2013 was invited to join a project about Scottish fiddle music with the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge.  It entailed examining hundreds of old collections, and compiling a database of information and commentary to go on a new website, Historical Music of Scotland, to be launched in Autumn 2015.  Karen will talk about what the project entailed, and the valuable legacy that it will leave on completion.

Karen McAulay

3.00pm Seminar: Traditional Music Graded Exams
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3.30pm Stuart McHardy: Storytelling

Storyteller, writer and musician Stuart McHardy explores the role of fiddlers in Scottish oral tradition. From fiddlers stolen by the fairies to men as quick with the sword as the bow, to dancing masters and virtuosi, romance, humour and fun abound in these traditional tales. His book will be available at a special Fiddle Festival price.

Stuart McHardy