4th Annual FluteFling Scottish Flute Weekend dates announced

Very early news of the 4th Annual FluteFling Scottish Flute Weekend. We’re looking at 16th/ 17th/ 18th June. Please pencil this in your diary.

This is going to be just as unmissable as before and the volunteer team of Kenny Hadden, Tom Oakes and Gordon Turnbull are working hard on organising the details.

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FluteFling Great Scottish Flute Night

Flutenight5Some of Scotland’s top traditional flute players are set to perform at a special charity concert on Friday 6th May. The concert, arranged in conjunction with the 3rd FluteFling Scottish Flute Day, is in aid of SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) and will take place on Friday 6th May. This event is the first of its kind to showcase the flute in this way and is part of a big weekend of traditional flute music in Edinburgh.

The lineup so far features:

Hamish NapierThere will be a session afterwards and others over the weekend too on the Saturday and Sunday. And of course there is the main FluteFling Scottish Flute Day of workshops on Saturday too. Nuala will also be performing with her band on Saturday 7th, making it a great weekend for flute music.

Venue and tickets

The Great Scottish Flute Night will take place at:

City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
25 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
7.30 – 10.00 pm (doors open 7pm)

Tickets £12/ £8 (concessions) on the door or online from Brown Paper Tickets http://scottishflutenight.bpt.me
24 tickets hotline: 0800 4118881

Please note there is no alcohol allowed on the premises. A cafe is available and there are lots of pubs nearby!

Updated 15 April to include venue and tickets

SAMH

SAMH logoProceeds from the event will go towards supporting the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH), an important charity dedicated to mental health and well-being for all. Given that 1 in 4 people are affected by mental health problems at some point in their lives, this is an issue that touches the lives of us all.

FluteFling 3rd Scottish Flute Day: Tom Oakes joins tutors

Tom OakesI am delighted to confirm that Tom Oakes will join Sharon Creasey and Kenny Hadden as a tutor at this year’s FluteFling Scottish Flute Day on Saturday 7th May.

Tom is currently principle Flute and DADGAD guitar teacher at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and plays with his own trio ‘The Tom Oakes Experiment’ as well as the much in demand duo ‘Ross Couper and Tom Oakes’ The latter gained a Scots trad award nomination in 2011 and have performed sell out tours of the UK, Norway, Denmark and Australia.

Tom is a dynamic and accomplished flute player, performer and composer based in Edinburgh. He performs in many settings and genres and brings nimble keywork and a rich tone to his music.

More about Tom and links to his music and videos at his website: http://www.tomoakesmusic.co.uk/

This is the third annual event, following on from the successes of previous years. Look out for more information as details of the day and related events become firmed up.

Photo: (c) Tom Oakes

January update

Winter starFluteFling weekly classes are taking a break still due to family circumstances. I am still interested in trying some one-off workshops locally at some point, but cannot say when they will be.

The third Scottish Flute Day will return in May is not affected. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for the newsletter to be sure of not missing any announcements relating to that event or any others.

In the meantime, thank you for the good wishes and support and I hope to be out again making music with you all once more before too long.

Photo: Winter star (c) Gordon Turnbull

The Sailor’s Bonnet

So we finished the term with the concluding tune of The Tarbolton Set of reels associated with Michael Coleman.

The Sailor’s Bonnet sits pretty solidily in D with some B minor phrases. The first part is repetitive and rhythmic, with the B part flying out high from this with high B rolls possible. The leaps can be quite demanding for the wind player, flutes especially as the notes can easily go out of tune if not shaped correctly. However, it makes for a strong finish to the set and the phrases are relatively straightforward, especially when compared with The Tarbolton Reel.

While it is quite common for D and Bm to go together in tunes, the structure of this reel is unusual as the B part is twice as long as the A part. Certainly it is often played that way.

Alan Ng suggests that the earliest recording is Coleman’s of 1934, however while he certainly popularised it, The Fiddler’s Companion puts Leitrim flute player John McKenna and Sligo fiddler James Morrison as getting there first, citing musicologists Harry Bradshaw and Jackie Small. The alternative title The Highlander’s Bonnet hints at a Scottish connection, but it could simply refer to similar styles of hat.

Resources are up for this tune. Term begins again 24th April. In the meantime, sign up for the Scottish Flute Day on 10th of May while sitting back and enjoying the last two tunes of The Tarbotlon Set:

Image: Sailing on the North-Sea, Germany by Peter Femto, some rights reserved.