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Review: Gary West's Voicing Scotland

By David Francis
Gary West’s new book is a welcome attempt to place the traditional arts in Scotland in the context of what some see as a ‘post-traditional’ world, where localised cultural traditions are increasingly negated by the effects of globalisation and the ever-changing processes of what sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has termed ‘the liquid society’.

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What is Traditional Music?

This question isn’t really as simple to answer as it sounds, since the whole concept means different things to different people. As an exercise, I asked the participants of the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Archive Project to write down what the term means to them. We’d like to include a page on the TMF website asking this question, and would love to hear what our members and the wider folk community have to say on the topic.

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PAN and the Future of Promotion

Our guest speaker at the AGM was Sam Eccles of PAN (Promoters Arts Network) who gave a fascinating insight into PAN’s coming digital development and its implications for networks in general. Most exciting, to start with, was what Sam described as a ‘Facebook for touring’ – a central database for touring and promotion. This will mean that PAN’s network of 80 promoters in the Highlands can talk to each other and work together to bring a band or show to their area.

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Think Global, Act (and sing, play and dance) local

By David Francis
There is every indication that our world is in a state of profound crisis. Everyone can compile their own list of symptoms.
To respond to the crisis we need, among other things, flourishing communities, characterised by their members’ sense of well-being, good health, civic engagement (social capital); a sense of place; respectful relationships with nature and each other.

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The Royal National Mod 2012 Dunoon

Guest blog: Ceitidh Smith
Ceitidh Smith has competed in local and National Mods since the age of 5 and is assistant secretary of the Inverness Local Mod, a member of Meur Inbhir Nis, vice-president of Inverness Gaelic Choir and has been involved in the Royal National Mod 2014 committee.

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