The project, free to all participants, is called “Our Living Rivers and Glens” and encouraged participants to explore their local environment and collect their responses in the form of words, sounds, videos and images that have then uploaded to a website. menu.
The composers, including fiddlers Charlie McKerron of Capercaillie and Paul Anderson of Tarland took inspiration from the map to form new music and met participants via online zoom workshops that allowed them to become involved in the creative process.
Participants can also work alongside fiddlers Adam Sutherland and Arthur Coates and multi-instrumentalists Hamish Napier and Fraser Fifield, but there were also three new songs composed by vocalists Jenny Sturgeon, Iona Fyfe and Shona Donaldson.
In addition to first-class composers, experienced and renowned tutors Averil Blackhall, Grace Banks, Pete MacCallum and Carola MacCallum participate in zoom workshops and will teach new tunes on a variety of instruments including violin, guitar, voice. and the clarsach.
The workshops start from October 24 and run until mid-November.
They are free and suitable for all ages and ability levels.
The Dee and Don Ceilidh Collective is a charitable organization based in central Aberdeenshire and has already held workshop weekends in Deeside and Donside and would welcome people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to register to do part of this new innovative project.