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Members' News January 2015                    


2015
Happy New Year

First event is a house session at the Sloan's on Friday 2nd January. See members' page

Bye bye 2014
As ever we say goodbye to a year having made the world a better place. We have cheered people up every Friday night by offering support, praise and encouragement at the Blackford Hall.  New players and players who have been coming for years will often be seen weeping with joy and thanks for all the help they have received from BFG. And then there were the hundreds of people who attended the 35 gigs we played; their lives have been changed completely for the better because of us. The sun has shone, the birds have sung more melodiously and peace and harmony have descended  all around.  How can 2015 be better? What can we to do improve on our achievements of the past?  (Please see the Music and Help menu for some practical suggestions.)  Well here are some ideas for starters.

For 2015 we could: Tutor sessions. Have away weekends for kids and adults.  Hold a music weekend in Blackford in the spring.  Go white water rafting on the Tay (really -  who said that?)  Have a monthly joint session with School Club and Tutor.  Put on a proper concert - with proper arrangements and stuff.  Get more people up to ceilidh band speed.  Visits to sessions, festival events and other groups.  Any other ideas?

What do you think.  Clink here to email your ideas.

It was twenty years ago next year
In 2016 BFG will be 20 years old.  Some of us think that this demands a special celebration or series of events. That means we need two things to get us started; some ideas and some people (I hate the word committee!) to start thinking about it.  Are you willing to help. Please email.

Fridays
We start again on 9th January, but don't forget there is a house session on Friday 2nd.  On the 9th we also have a ceilidh band gig in Perth so the hall will be mainly just tune playing. So don't forget to play the new tunes (see below).

Gigs
It was a real shame that the annual trip to Kincarrathie House was cancelled -  let's hope they all got over the virus okay. (Obviously forget to update their softwear.)  It was the first year we have missed at Kincarrathie for ages.  Now I think of it, we didn't do the Letham afternoon in April last year either. That was our longest standing regular gig.  What is the world coming to if we can't even rely on the older folk? 

January is busy busy busy for the ceilidh band. Anyone want to join? We could do with a regular bodhran player who can keep time unlike the current one, someone on bass and/or sound so Tom only has one thing to get confused about, and callers who know left from right and the Military Two-step from the Boston Shuffle.

We'll begin some Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions soon. In the meantime, if you are interested, just let Andrew or Andy know, or watch the members' page for details.

New Tunes
We will try to keep this list up to date.  If you don't find what you need, members can try the members' page.  If you want to check out previous lists go to the Old news link.  You can always check out Book-X too. (Members' Page)

TUNE
LINKS
Over The Waterfall (Harmony)
Dots
Kincladie Wood
Book-X 
Captain Norman Orr-Ewing Dots
Punch in the Dark. Dots and sound file on members' page and Book-X
Solarlag. See Members' Page
Mermaid's Song (Harmony) See Members' Page
Skye Boat Song (Harmony)  See Members' Page
Donald Willie and His Dog See Members' Page
Bennachie Sunrise See Members' Page
Ray's Classic
Dots
Laxo Burn
Dots


New Web Pages for BFG
The current website was designed (I use that term loosely) and built (also a loose term) in 2010 by Andrew B.  As it is a bit tired and getting more difficult to maintain and we have secured a small sum of money from the Blackford Community Fund to begin the task of modernising and simplifying the site in 2015.  Although it all works (nearly) and seems to do what we want, the site needs an upgrade and Andrew is looking for a bit of help to plan what to do with it.  That will mean deciding what bits to keep, what bits to remove and what to add. We also need a simple structure that can be maintained without people having to have specialist web skills.  We'll be asking everyone what they think and will be looking for a couple of people with some IT/web know-how to start designing what to do next.  Andrew would like to give up the web-master work later in the year so there is an opportunity for others to step in.

Traditional Music Forum
BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters here
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014


The 28th Annual Schools Festival   (organised by Perth Burns Club)
Sunday, February 1, 2015   from 1pm to 5pm.
Soutar Theatre, A.K.Bell Library,  York Place, Perth

We have received the following message from the Perth Burns Club.  At least one BFG member has won this competition in the past.  We don't enter people through BFG, you should do that yourself.  Why not have a go?

Your are reminded that Annual Schools Festival organised by the Perth Burns Club will be held in the Soutar Theatre at the A.K.Bell Library from 1pm to 5pm on Sunday, February 1, 2015 and is again open to all pupils attending a Primary or Secondary School within the area of Perth and Kinross.

The Festival will again consist of competitions in Scots verse speaking, unaccompanied Scots solo singing, accordion playing and fiddle playing with pupils free to choose their own competition pieces.

Although entries are not confined to the works of Robert Burns, there is a special award for the best rendition in the Festival of a Burns poem, song or musical piece. Another special award, The William Soutar Unicorn is presented for the best recitation of a poem by the Perth poet William Soutar.

There are trophies to be won in all sections and all competitors are awarded a certificate of achievement.

The adjudicators are:
Verse speaking - Mr James Thomson, Kilmarnock (President of the Robert Burns World Federation)
Singing - Mr Craig Dennis, Scone
Accordion playing - Mr Alex McIntyre, Perth
Fiddle playing - Mr Pete Clark, Birnam

The competition syllabus and entry form can be downloaded from the club website at www.perthburnsclub.org.uk

It also available at Concorde Music, 17 Scott Street, Perth and from the competition co-ordinator Mrs Joan Allan, 87 Needless Road, Perth PH2 0LD. Telephone 01738 635403, email jimallan1947@gmail.com to whom all entry entry forms should be sent.

The closing date for entries is January 10, 2015



Members' News February 2015                    

Calendar -  is this helpful?
We already have gigs and Friday details on the web but to put it all together we have created a basic calendar page.  It isn't interactive (yet) but it would be good to know if you like it.   Here is the link.  Calendar
What you will notice is that we are changing the Friday sessions a little.  We will continue to do what we do now but on the first three Fridays there are going to be some extra things.

First Friday of the month:  Normal plus School Club with tutor.
Second Friday of the month:  Normal plus a session on performance sets and arrangements.
Third Friday of the month:  Normal plus a ceilidh band session for those wanting to work towards playing in the CB.

Details will be on teh Friday page too at some point.


Still looking for your ideas
Weekends - adults, kids, events, tutors, festivals.
Visits to sessions, festival events and other groups. 
Things we can do next year when we celebrate our 20th Anniversary
People for the committee (AGM election in May)

What do you think.  Email your ideas to info@blackfordfiddlers.org.uk

Fridays
The Management Committee meet on 1st February to look at options for Friday sessions and we will post these once they have come to conclusion. Likely to be slow session, ceilidh band sessions, school club sessions and other stuff.

Gigs
Did anyone notice?  On 31st January we played our
600th Gig

Although we have played more than that we only have the records for 600, so it was a good milestone to celebrate. 

January was very busy with four ceilidhs and a Burns Supper.  Several of these are return visits. Ninth time at Kinbuck; third time to Doune (to play in the horrible Muir Hall - freezing cold and the worst acoustics on the planet -  but lovely people; third time to Horsecross and second time to the Perth swimmers. 

We are now actively looking to add some concerts and everyone gigs for 2015.  We already have quite a few ceileidhs to play and there is every reason to expect that more bookings will follow.  We already have two for 2016.

If members want to add their bodhran, guitar, bass or mandolin skills (no bassoons!) to any of the gigs then you should come along with your instrument.   New and returning callers also welcome.

We'll begin some Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in joining the ceilidh band just let Andrew or Andy know.


Revising our web site
We need to get the website up to date, easier to maintain and a bit more inter-active.  We are looking for a few people to plan what to do with it so we can start working out how to put a new site together.  If you can help (members only) then please let us know.   .

Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull together some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  More information will be available soon, probably on the members' page to start with


Members' News March 2015                          



What's on
See the Calendar for future events.


Still looking for your ideas
We are 20 years old next year and need your ideas about how to celebrate. Also ideas about 2015 such as visits to sessions, festival events and other groups.

What do you think.  Email your ideas to info@blackfordfiddlers.org.uk

Fridays
The new arrangements for Friday sessions are on the BFG Sessions Page

Fridays are getting busier and busier.  We regularly have over 50 people coming now and it is getting difficult to fit everyone in.  It really does help if you can arrive on time and then we can get people organised in to groups. So far it seems to be working out well enough -  just shout out if it isn't for you and we'll sort things out.

A warning - the speed of playing is creeping up too early in the evening on Fridays. The middle of the evening session is not for blasting away tunes at 100mph but is for everyone to join in and to learn.  After 9,00 p.m.  it is fine to up the tempo but it is hard for people who are unfamiliar with the tunes to learn them at full speed. Please make sure that everyone is getting a fair chance to play what they want. There is usually a slow session too for those who need or want a genuinely slower pace. 

Gigs
Great ceilidh at the Hall for the Blackford Primary Parent's council.  Funds raised are to keep the school Fiddle Club running, and to pay the tutor, the one and only Daniel Thorpe. 

We'll begin some Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions in March for those of you that are interested in joining the ceilidh band.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes

Revising our web site
We still need volunteers to help with planning the new web site, which needs to be easier to maintain and a bit more inter-active.  We are looking for a few people to plan what to do with it so we can start working out how to put a new site together.  If you can help (members only) then please let us know.   .

Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull toget her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  More information will be available soon, probably on the members' page to start with

Members' News April 2015                                                                 

What's on
See the Calendar for future events.

Our exciting Annual General Meeting will be on Friday 1st May.
There will be a limited amount of ceremony and talking.
We will sort out events for the next year.
We will try to agree how to celebrate our 20th Anniversary
We will elect a new Management Committee.

Forms for committee nomination will be available at the hall.
You can also email them to BFG stating who is nominated and the name of a proposer and seconder. 

Committee positions are; Convenor, Secretary, Treasurer and 5 other members (one of whom will be the under 18 representative.)



House session for members.
Next house session will be on Sunday 3rd May in the afternoon. Details will be added to the Members' Page shortly.

Still looking for your ideas
We are 20 years old next year and need your ideas about how to celebrate.  We will discuss the ideas at the AGM

What do you think.  Email your ideas to info@blackfordfiddlers.org.uk

Fridays
The new arrangements for Friday sessions are on the BFG Sessions Page

Following the stern warning last month about the sometimes excessive speed of playing things have moderated.  Speed is fine after 9, but up to then we try to keep it down. So we can all relax a little now, but let's not let our guard down as it could happen again.   

Gigs
Watch the gigs page.

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes


Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  More information will be available soon, probably on the members' page to start with

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.

BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters here
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014
TMF Newsletter January 2015
TMF Newsletter February 2015
TMF Newsletter March 2015
TMF Newsletter April 2015  Link to follow.


Sessions
The sessions listed here are local ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also look for the Perth Trad sessions/Horsecross Sessions on the web.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane. Every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s)
  • Dunning Hotel, Dunning.  Every Monday from about 9.15. A good session for everyone.
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 8.30 after the Fiddlers workshop.  Very pleasant and lots of Scottish tunes. All welcome -  slow and fast.
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. It is at tea time(5pm - 8pm) and is suitable for all abilities and all ages. Nice food available
  • Look for details on the Horsecross website for sessions in Perth

Members' News May / June /  July 2015               

Members' News                                                 June July 2015


June news has been delayed. Permanently
July news going the same way.
 

Fridays -  closed until 14th August

BBQ Saturday 5th September  - Sloan's Blackford


Next year we are 20
We now have a whole load of ideas to celebrate our anniversary.  More details to follow.

Fridays
See BFG Sessions Page    

Please note that as of 17th June we believe the hall in Blackford will be unavailable due to repair works.  We hope to be using the church hall from then on.  We'll keep you posted.

Gigs
Watch the gigs page.

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes


Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  More information will be available soon, probably on the members' page to start with

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.

BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters here
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014
TMF Newsletter January 2015
TMF Newsletter February 2015
TMF Newsletter March 2015
TMF Newsletter April 2015
TMF Newsletter May 2015


Members' News June 2015     (see May)       

Members' News July 2015     (see May)    

Members' News August 2015


Members' News                                                August 2015

BFG BBQ at the Sloan's on 5th October

Service has been resumed
Did you miss me?  As some of you will have noticed there was no news in June or July.  This break in service was unique in the history of the Fiddle Group web site.  Frankly I was appalled at the lack of concern. No questions asked in Parliament, no investigative journalists sent round to doorstep me, no TV crews camped on the lawn, no pleading letters or emails requesting updates and no threats demanding instant news service.  So the answer (to did you miss me?) was a resounding "no".  Perhaps you had all gone on holiday or perhaps the news page really has run its course and we need to think again about communication. 

As you know the web site is due to be upgraded soon and we'll be looking for your suggestions.  Perhaps the news page should be replaced with a blog or with tweets.  Let us know.  Speak to Susannah or Andrew or email your thoughts to BFG.


See BFG Sessions Page    

Please note that as of 17th June we believe the hall in Blackford will be unavailable due to repair works.  We hope to be using the church hall from then on.  We'll keep you posted.

Gigs
Gigs have been few in the last two months.  Two ceilidhs and a care home.  Keep your eye on the Gigs page as we are now taking bookings for the autumn, including several "everyone gigs" - which are (funnily enough) for everyone in BFG to play at.  

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes
Quite a few since the last news page.

Wee Music Book
The Wee Music Book has been the basic BFG music book for years and has served us all well.  However, it was obvious that we needed a bigger selection of tunes for beginners and more in the simple colour notation.  We also wanted to make sure that we have the music and words for a few songs and some of the tunes the beginners learn at the School Fiddle Club.  So your Management Committee in its wisdom decided it was time to produce a new version of the Wee Music Book.  Tunes were suggested, some were accepted, some not., Songs were selected and we sang them to get the right keys. Andrew agreed that we would have a book by September.  And so we shall as it is almost done.  Just a couple of pages still to do and them we will go to print, providing we can raise the money.  We are seeking a grant of about £1000 to print enough copies to last a few years.

Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  We'll start work on this in the Autumn.

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.

BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters here
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014
TMF Newsletter January 2015
TMF Newsletter February 2015
TMF Newsletter March 2015
TMF Newsletter April 2015
TMF Newsletter May 2015


Sessions
The sessions listed here are local ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also look for the Perth Trad sessions/Horsecross Sessions on the web.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane. Every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s)
  • Dunning Hotel, Dunning.  Every Monday from about 9.15. A good session for everyone.
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 8.30 after the Fiddlers workshop.  Very pleasant and lots of Scottish tunes. All welcome -  slow and fast.
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. 7pm onwards and is suitable for all abilities and all ages. Nice food available
  • Look for details on the Horsecross website for sessions in Perth

Grants
We have been awarded funds through Foundation Scotland for the researching local WW1 tunes, for ceilidh abnd equipment and for workshops.

Members' News September 2015


New Wee Music Book
We now have a new Wee Music Book.  That is we have have one copy. Sixty-nine pages, over 80 tunes and lots more, but only one copy, and that one is mine!  And that's the way it will stay until we get some funds for printing the book.  With a couple of grant applications in we are hopeful of getting the money, but until then we can't go to print.

The Wee Music Book has many more tunes for beginners and recent starters, everything is in colour and there are even some songs.   We think the book will be priced at £10 and will replace the old one.  So if you have a blue version it will become a collector's item (to be collected by the recycling lorry I expect) and you will need to buy the new one. As it has most of the tunes from the current version plus another 50 tunes it is a bargain. Just a shame we couldn't afford to hire some good looking people for the cover  photo!




Exciting Pens
We have sold about half of the lovely pens.  Get yours now.  £1 for 1.  £2.50 for 3 and only £4 for 5. Most colours still available.
 
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Fridays
See BFG Sessions Page    

Please note that the repairs to the hall are now expected to take until January 2016.  Our guess is that we won't get back in to the hall until March and until then we will be at the church.  We'll keep you posted - just keep checking the web site.

House session Friday 11th.  At Susie and Stuart's.  Call Andrew or Andy for details if you don't know the way.

Gigs
A couple of everyone gigs coming up. A play list will appear here soon.   

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes
Quite a few since the last news page.

 
Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives and we will soon have some material that we can use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries.  We'll start work on this in the Autumn.

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.


Members' News October 2015


Members' News November 2015

Members' News                                                November 2015

BFG Nominated as Community Project of the Year in the MG Alba Annual Scots Trad Music Awards.





Blackford Fiddle Group Annual Charity Ceilidh

Saturday 7th Nov 7:30 - 11:00 Aytoun Hall, Auchterarder

Stop Press.  £800 raised. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Proceeds to go to Community Action Nepal, http://www.canepal.org.uk/

Community Action Nepal (CAN) is a UK based charity whose aim is to help the mountain people of Nepal. Founded by Doug Scott CBE, who in 1975 made the first British ascent of Everest, CAN is supported by mountaineers and mountain-lovers from across the globe. CAN's Kathmandu office and Nepali staff make our projects happen on the ground. Funds are raised from donations, fundraising events, sales of Nepali goods, grants and Doug Scott's lecture tours.


Dougie MacLean and
                            Andrew Bachell
Dougie MacLean receiving a copy of the Wee Music Book at the recent Perthshire Amber Festival.
Dougie very kindly allowed the group to include Caledonia in the book
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Photo by Rob McDougall.   RobMcDougall.com

New Wee Music Book

The Wee Music Book has arrived.  Many thanks to the Auchterarder and District Community Trust and Foundation Scotland who have contributed towards the costs.  The book has may more tunes than the previous version, with a focus on tunes for beginners and recent starters.  It also includes songs that we can use for gigs.  The tunes all use the BFG colour notation system to make life as easy as possible.  However, everyone is asked to remember that the book is not for following all the tunes but to help in learning them and for reminding you of how the tunes go.  Playing by ear is preferred and playing from memory is essential for gigs.

The book will cost members just £10.  It is one of the cheapest music books you will find that has so many tunes and other information.  The old book (the blue one) is now redundant and members are expected to buy the new one so we can raise some of the money we paid out making the book. 

I would like to remind members that these things do not happen by chance.  The new Wee Music Book took many hours to prepare and check.  Having a book like this is a great asset for the group and I (Andrew) would like to put it on the record that I hope never to have to do another one. We now have the Wee Music Book and the  Big Ceilidh Book in sufficent numbers to last us for a few years.  After that it will be someone else's turn to produce the next one. 





Traditions in Place
On 14th Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland are running a day event at Perth Concert Hall to look at the taditions of fiddle playing and songs from Perthshire.  More details are available here. Also see the poster.

This will be a really interesting day for anyone who plays or sings traditional music or has an interest in local traditions and culture.

20th Anniversary
2016 is BFG's 20th Anniversary.  We have lots of ideas for events and celebrations.  Please go to the members' page for more details.  We need members to join in with ideas and to help with getting everything done. 

Exciting Pens and Pencils
We have pens in most colours still and we also have propelling pencils in grey, orange, light blue and burgundy. Pens are £1 for 1  £2.50 for 3 and only £4 for 5. Pencils are £1 each.
 
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Fridays
See BFG Sessions Page    

Please note that the repairs to the hall are now expected to take at least until January 2016.  Our guess is that we won't get back in to the hall until March and until then we will be at the church.  We'll keep you posted - just keep checking the web site.


Gigs
We need everyone to be ready to come to Everyone Gigs please. See gigs page. Remember the BFG strap-line is "Fiddles for Fiddlers and Gigs at which to Play".  

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes
If there is something on this list that members need to catch up with then please just ask another player to help you.

Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives. We have some material to use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries in 2016.  We'll start work on this in the Autumn.

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.

The next national event of TMF is at Dunblane on Saturday 28th November.  BFG will be playing. See web page.


Members' News December 2015                     

 


YULETIDE CAPTION COMPETITION 2015

Members please email your caption suggestions to BFG or write them down and give then to Andrew or Andy at a Friday session. Or text to Andrew on O79OO87O326. Remember to say who you are!

 All entries to be in by midnight on Friday 18th December.  The winner will be announced at the House Session on 27th December.  We will appoint a fully independent humour analyst as the judge.

Caption
                            Competition 2015



BFG Nominated as Community Project of the Year in the MG Alba Annual Scots Trad Music Awards.

Never mind folks.  We didn't win, but we were there. Jake and Andrew enjoyed the evening of entertainment and some good company at the awards.  You may wish to note that the winners in our category were Music Live Now Scotland, who have five staff, several high profile funders,  many formal partnerships with local authorities, festivals and others and projects all over the place.  They do a great job but obviously are a little different to us.


Blackford Fiddle Group Annual Charity Ceilidh
£800 raised. Thanks to everyone who helped.

Proceeds to go to Community Action Nepal, http://www.canepal.org.uk/


New Wee Music Book
The Wee Music Book has arrived.  Many thanks to the Auchterarder and District Community Trust and Foundation Scotland who have contributed towards the costs.  The book has may more tunes than the previous version, with a focus on tunes for beginners and recent starters.  It also includes songs that we can use for gigs.  The tunes all use the BFG colour notation system to make life as easy as possible.  However, everyone is asked to remember that the book is not for following all the tunes but to help in learning them and for reminding you of how the tunes go.  Playing by ear is preferred and playing from memory is essential for gigs.


Dougie MacLean receiving a copy of the Wee Music Book at the recent Perthshire Amber Festival.
Dougie very kindly allowed the group to include Caledonia in the book
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Photo by Rob McDougall.   RobMcDougall.com

The book will cost members just £10.  It is one of the cheapest music books you will find that has so many tunes and other information.  The old book (the blue one) is now redundant and members are expected to buy the new one so we can raise some of the money we paid out making the book. 

I would like to remind members that these things do not happen by chance.  The new Wee Music Book took many hours to prepare and check.  Having a book like this is a great asset for the group and I (Andrew) would like to put it on the record that I hope never to have to do another one. We now have the Wee Music Book and the  Big Ceilidh Book in sufficent numbers to last us for a few years.  After that it will be someone else's turn to produce the next one. 




Perth Burns Club Schools' Festival 2016
For details please use this link.  If anyone wishes to enter please let Andrew know and help will be offered. We have had at least one winner in the past. http://www.perthburnsclub.org.uk/schools.html

Traditions in Place
On 14th November Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland / Traditional Music Forum ran an event at Perth Concert Hall that looked at the traditions of fiddle playing, stories and songs from Perthshire.  It was a great day with revelations from the lives of travellers and those in the big hooses, with many links to the tunes we play today. 

20th Anniversary
2016 is BFG's 20th Anniversary.  We have lots of ideas for events and celebrations.  Please go to the members' page for more details.  We need members to join in with ideas and to help with getting everything done.

Good news - there is a very strong possibility that we can put on a mega-gig at Perthshire's most prestigious hall. More to follow.

Exciting Pens and Pencils
Plenty pencils but few pens left.  get your Xmas order in now. £1 each. No further discounts for bulk.

Fridays
See BFG Sessions Page    

Please note that the repairs to the hall are now expected to take at least until January 2016.  Our guess is that we won't get back in to the hall until March and until then we will be at the church.  We'll keep you posted - just keep checking the web site.


Gigs
We need everyone to be ready to come to Everyone Gigs please. See gigs page. Remember the BFG strap-line is "Fiddles for Fiddlers and Gigs at which to Play".  

Introduction to the Ceilidh Band sessions will be part of Friday sessions. Let us know if you are interested.

New Tunes
A new page has been set up with links to dots and some sound files.  Go to New Tunes
If there is something on this list that members need to catch up with then please just ask another player to help you.

Music from World War One
Part of the grant we got last year was to pull to get her some tunes which have both a local and WW1 connection.  One of our ex-members (or occasional member is perhaps the best description) has made visits to Blair Atholl, Black Watch Museum and Perth Archives. We have some material to use when it comes to marking significant WW1 anniversaries in 2016.  We'll start work on this in the Autumn.

Traditional Music Forum
I (Andrew that is) attended the Trad Talk event in Edinburgh in March and heard about some great things going on around Scotland linking groups, some like ours, to working with the elderly and people with various disabilities.  I will be meeting up with a few others in April to see if BFG could do more - for example at care homes and so on.  I'll keep you posted.

BFG is a member of the Traditional Music Forum and Andrew Bachell is on its Board of Directors.  We will put links to their regular newsletters here
TMF Newsletter October 2014
TMF Newsletter November 2014
TMF Newsletter January 2015
TMF Newsletter February 2015
TMF Newsletter March 2015
TMF Newsletter April 2015
TMF Newsletter May 2015

TMF Newsletter October 2015

Opps. A few missing  We'll try harder to put future ones here.  Try looking at the TMF Website (now parts of the TraditionalArts and Culture Scotland TRACS page.)

The next national event of TMF is at Dunblane on Saturday 28th November.  BFG will be playing. See web page.

Sessions
The sessions listed here are local ones that BFG members attend regularly (or occasionally). Also look for the Perth Trad sessions/Horsecross Sessions on the web.   Playing is sessions is a great way to build up skills, confidence and a repertoire of tunes. 

  • Dunblane Hotel, Dunblane. Every Tuesday from 9 p.m. (no under 18s)
  • Dunning Hotel, Dunning.  Every Monday from about 9.15. A good session for everyone. Still running?  Anyone been recently?
  • Taybank Dunkeld.  Every Thursday - 8.30 after the Fiddlers workshop.  Very pleasant and lots of Scottish tunes. All welcome -  slow and fast.
  • The Cross Keys, Kippen 1st and 3rd (and 5th) Sundays each month. 7pm onwards and is suitable for all abilities and all ages. Nice food available
  • Look for details on the Horsecross website for sessions in Perth

Grants
We have been awarded funds through Foundation Scotland for the researching local WW1 tunes, for ceilidh and equipment and for workshops.