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Eric Bogle,Rab Noakes and Alyth McCormack Write for Scotland Sings in Renewing the Tradition

Scotland Sings continue their exciting harmony singing, Renewing The Tradition project, where contemporary songwriters have been asked to take inspiration from Robert Burns’ life and works and write a brand new contemporary song.

This year’s songs bring ballast to the project with A Fork in the Road from Eric Bogle (And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda) and the very Burnsian – in its theme and outlook – Handwash Feein’ Mairket from one of Scotland’s foremost songwriters Rab Noakes. Alyth McCormack, Gaelic singer and member of the band Shine, has written this year’s Gaelic song, a lovely waulking song called Latha dhomh 's mi falbh an àird.

They’ll be taught at five workshops in February in Alloway, Birnam, Ardross, Peebles and Taynuilt on the weekend of 18th and 19th February where three of Scotland’s finest workshop leaders will lead singers through a full day workshop of this exciting new material arranged for harmony singing. The workshops are for anyone who loves to sing: beginners and more experienced. The songs and harmonies will be taught slowly by ear although participants are welcome to take music home with them.

Alison Burns, Scotland Sings Coordinator, said, “The workshops are part of a four year project to get more people singing together wherever they are in Scotland. The great thing is that everyone will be in the same boat as the songs we’ll be learning are brand new. There will be a warm welcome for everyone, whether you sing every week in a choir or haven’t sung with other people for years.”

All of the workshops take place on weekend of 18th and 19th February. The cost for the day is £12.50 with a special 2 Ticket Special Deal to encourage more bass and tenors to join us – Buy one ticket and get the second free where one or both tickets is for a man. More information and booking details can be found at the Scotland Sings website: sing.scot.