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Scottish traditional music instruments

Traditional music instruments on Lismore

In my spare time, I play  in a band which includes an impressive array of Scottish traditional music instruments, some of which are unusual. The lineup includes fiddles, guitar, mandola, mandolin, melodeon (or button box), Scottish smallpipes, whistle, flute, bodhran and concertina. The band met through playing in a local informal pub session, and have enjoyed playing at a number of community events.

We recently took some time out to visit the beautiful island of Lismore. We were visiting the island for a creative weekend with Mairi Campbell. The band was put through it’s paces, brushing up on our stage presence, and working on various aspects of our performance, from Friday evening and all day on Saturday. On Saturday evening, we gave a performance in the lovely hall on the island to a hugely appreciative local audience.

What an inspirational weekend it was! Lovely people, magic summer sunshine (in October!) in a very beautiful place….and some amazing musical moments…

If you are interested in using this or similar photos, I’m working on building a Scots music song and dance photo resource The images can be licensed for the purposes of promoting Scotland and its culture.

A variety of Scottish traditional music instruments

4 Responses

  1. Niall

    Very nice – shame the pipes didn’t make the cut! Too many instruments in the group, I think…

    October 11, 2010 at 9:55 am

  2. Sorry Niall…no mandola, either. I’d like to have another go at it sometime, and see if there’s a way….

    October 11, 2010 at 11:10 am

  3. Niall Anderson

    Yes, worth keeping up your sleeve for a good lighting/ background moment next time we’re all somewhere interesting!

    October 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

  4. Sue

    😉 Yes! I wonder where that will be …..?

    October 12, 2010 at 2:10 pm