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Music projects archive

The Scottish Arts Council is proud to support many of the exciting music projects and activities on the go throughout Scotland.  Browse through this list of past featured projects and select one by clicking on the image or hyperlink to read more.   Projects include articles on particular events, activities and organisations.

To view current featured projects - go to our music projects section.

For details of Youth Music Initiative projects, visit the Youth Music Initiative archive.

The Marshall Collections; Photo: Helen Allan; Courtesy: Eric & Helen Allan

The Marshall Collections

a profile of the Marshall Collections of fiddle music

Unusual Suspects; Photo: Lieve Boussauw

Unusual Suspects

a profile of the Unusual Suspects and their new commission

Robert McLellan Festival; Courtesy: Robert McLellan Festival

Robert McLellan Festival

a profile of the Robert McLellan Festival on the Isle of Arran

Shooglenifty; Courtesy: Shooglenifty

Womex 2007

a profile of Scotland's appearance at the World Music Expo

Trying the Clarsach; Photo: Derek Prescott Photographic; Courtesy: LFW

Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

a profile of the Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

Scottish Jazz Federation logo

BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician Award

a profile of the inaugural BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician Award

BMX Bandits; Coutesy: Tigerfest

Tigerfest 2007

a profile of the festival taking place in Dunfermline and Edinburgh in May

 My Latest Novel; Photo: Mark Connolly; Courtesy: Bella Union Records

South by Southwest 2007

a profile of the annual music and media conference in Austin

Humcrush (featuring Thomas StrØnen) Dialogues 2006 Festival; Photo: Johara Chambers

Dialogues 2007

a profile of the annual festival of live electronic music

 Jan Allan; Photo: Mats Backer; Courtesy: Johan Scherwin

Jazz from Sweden

a profile of the month-long festival featuring Swedish and Scottish jazz musicians

 Blazin' Fiddles; Photo: Louis De Carlo; Courtesy: Blazin' Fiddles

Scotland at APAP

a profile of the Scottish presence at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters showcase in New York in January 2007

 The Fred Morrison Collection; Photo: BJ Stewart

The Fred Morrison Collection

a profile of Fred Morrison who recently released a book of piping tunes

 Graeme Stephen: Photo: Rachel Thibotumunuwe; Courtesy: Graeme Stephen

London Jazz Festival

a profile of Scottish involvement at one of the world's most prestigious jazz festivals

 McFall's Chamber and Taylor Wilson; Photo: Rapid Eye Productions; Courtesy: Robert McFall

Mr McFall's Chamber

a profile of the ensemble who will be performing in October

 Ellen Fullman playing the Long String Instrument; Photo: John Fago

Instal 2006

a profile of Glasgow's underground music festival

 Martin Taylor; Photo: Sarkis Boyadjian: courtesy: Assembly Direct

Black Bottle Islay Jazz Festival

a profile of the jazz festival which takes place on the west coast island in September

Heavy Metal's skills connect with the community; Photo: Ron Hasted 

Live Music Now! Scotland

a profile of the UK's largest outreach music organisation and its work in Scotland

 Thomas Korber on electronics; Photo: Thomas Korber

Le Weekend

a profile of Stirling's annual experimental music and sound festival

Carmel Sheerin and the Ravens; Courtesy: C Sheerin & Ravens 

Shetland Folk Festival 2006

a profile of the UK’s most northerly folk festival, now in its 26th year

Long Blondes; Courtesy: Darling Department 

Triptych 2006

a profile of the sixth Triptych festival

Edinburgh International Harp Festival logo 

Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2006

a profile of the 25th Edinburgh International Harp Festival

Lucky Luke; Photo: Neale Smith; Courtesy: Ian Murray 

SXSW 2006

a profile of one of the largest international music industry networking and showcasing events in the world

Aberdeen Jazz Festival with Tina May; Courtesy: Jazz Aberdeen 

Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2006

a profile of the third annual festival of jazz in Scotland's northeast city

PET 05 Flier; Courtesy: Freight Design

Paragon PET 05

a profile of the Paragon Ensemble's new online interactive commissions project, PET 05

Fire-eater at Celtic Connections; Photo: Ashley Coombes 

Celtic Connections 2006

a profile of the premiere Celtic festival in the UK and the largest winter music festivals of its kind in the world

City Halls, Glasgow; Photo: Glasgow Cultural Enterprises 

City Halls, Glasgow

a profile of Glasgow’s City Halls and The Old Fruitmarket, which re-opened on Friday 13 January 2006

Three french horn players from NYOS; Photo: Ian Watson

National Youth Orchestra of Scotland

a profile of the NYOS summer course which took place in July 2005 and their tour of Berlin

Street artists at the Perth Festival 2004; Photo: John Glen

Perth Festival

a profile of Perth Festival's most ambitious programme to date with artists ranging from Dame Kiri Kanawa to Teenage Fanclub

Jupiter and Teardrop performing at SxSW; Photo: Evan Henderson

South by Southwest 2005

a profile of the South by Southwest music convention in Texas, and the success of the Scottish bands who performed

Edinburgh International Harp Festival logo

Edinburgh International Harp Festival 2005

a profile of the festival which took place in Merchiston Castle High School at the beginning of April

National Boys Choir; Photo: Ken Willox

National Youth Choir of Scotland

a profile of the NYCoS National Boys Choir residential weekend and concert which took place at Easter 2004

Dialogues 2005 logo; Photo: Anna Chapman Dialogues - a profile of the festival held in Edinburgh which celebrates new music and new media

Blazin' Fiddles in performance at Celtic Connections; Photo: Ashley Coombes With Strings Attached - a profile of the premiere performance by Blazin' Fiddles, Eddi Reader, Justin Currie and Colin McIntyre at Celtic Connections 2005

La Cellule d’Intervention Metamkine; Photo: Christophe Auger and Xavier Quèrel Kill Your Timid Notion - a profile of the contemporary music festival held in Dundee in December

Ann Ogbomo; Photo: SCO Scottish Chamber Orchestra - a profile of the SCO's recent education projects, including 'When the Earth Sings'

David Milligan; Photo: Distil Distil - a profile of the residential retreat for traditional musicians held in October 2004

Performers at the Caledonian Ceilidh Trail; Photo: Adrian Clark Young Trad Tour 2004 - The TMSA's tour featured the finalists of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year

A student performing with four professional musicians; Photo: Marc Marnie Fionna Duncan Workshops - the vocal jazz workshops will be celebrating their 10th anniversary next year

Leader of the RSNO Edwin Paling; Photo: Peter Devlin Royal Scottish National Orchestra - a profile of their Swedish tour

Austin skyline at night; Photo: Evan Henderson

South by South West 2004 - supporting Scottish bands to attend this huge international music event held in Austin, Texas

Children performing at the St Magnus Festival; Photo: Orkney Photographic St Magnus Festival 2004 - a profile of the festival in Orkney

'Carnival' logo; Photo: Scottish Ensemble

Scottish Ensemble 'Carnival' - an innovative project from Spring 2004

'Another New Horizon' album cover; Photo: Caber Music Kevin MacKenzie's 'Vital Signs' - the result of a Creative Scotland Award

A piper at the Caiedonian Ceilidh Trail; Photo: Adrian Clark Caledonian Ceilidh Trail - a four-week traditional music project

Catriona MacKay and Simon Nieminsky; Photo: Louis de Carlo Edinburgh International Harp Festival's 'Parallel Dimensions' - a new piece by Eddie McGuire

Frank McAveety at Fèis Rois; Photo: Rita Hunter Adult Féis Rois Weekend - held in Ullapool in May

Singer at Hebridean Celtic Festival; Photo: Leila Angus, Brighter Still Hebridean Celtic Festival - an international musical and cultural celebration

*Marshalls Collections
*Unusual Suspects
*Robert McLellan festival
*Womex 2007
*Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop
*BBC Young Jazz Award
*Tigerfest 2007
*SXSW 2007
*Jazz from Sweden
*APAP New York
*The Fred Morrison Collection
*London Jazz Festival
*Mr McFall's Chamber
*Instal 2006
*Islay Jazz Festival 2006
*Live Music Now!
*Le Weekend
*Shetland Folk Festival 2006
*Triptych 2006
*Edinburgh Harp Festival 2006
*South by South West 2006
*Aberdeen Jazz Festival 2006
*Paragon PET 2005
*Celtic Connections
*NYOS Tour 2005
*South by South West 2005
*Edinburgh Harp Festival 05
*Dialogues Festival
*With strings attached
*Kill Your Timid Notion
*Scottish Chamber Orchestra
*Young Trad Tour
*Fiona Duncan workshops
*South by South West 2004
*St Magnus Festival
*Scottish Ensemble
*Kevin MacKenzie
*Ceilidh Trail
*Edinburgh Harp Festival 04
*Feis Rois
*Hebridean Celtic Festival
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