2016 was a great year for my music career with some real personal highlights. I thought for your interest, and also my memory, I would recount some of the key moments.
In the first few months of the year I was spending time working on some music with Dave Webster from Sinderins as part of the Gardyne Youth Music Initiative. This was a great project that gave me some invaluable experience with experienced musicians and also access to the wonderful facilities at the Gardyne Theatre. This culminated in a concert in June at the Gardyne Theatre hosted by Jim Gellatly. Also earlier in the year I took part in the Music for Youth Exchange at Platform Glasgow. This gave me an opportunity to perform (and get feedback), meet some music professionals and to take part in a song writing workshop with Carol Laula. This event was hosted by Vic Galloway. I also attended the Wide Days Music Convention where I again took some feedback on one of my songs after submitting it to the “Are You Brave Enough” session where the feedback can be very honest!
In addition to these events I worked most of the year on some new songs with the release of Golden Leaves in October. This was encouraging with some really positive feedback and a broadcast on Rapal on BBC Radio nan Gaidheal. Jim Gellatly also played a couple of my other songs on his Amazing Radio show on Sunday afternoon.
Gigs have been fun this year, supporting Courtney Elena at Clarks in Dundee, Rory Butler at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, Reverieme in King Tut’s in Glasgow with the highlight being a last-minute request to do a support slot for Martha Reeves and the Vandellas at Oran Mor in Glasgow. Performing at the Montrose Music Festival is always a highlight and the Gardyne YMI Show at the Gardyne Theatre in Dundee was a great night.
Outside of my singing I again took part in the National Youth Orchestra for Scotland and we had an amazing opportunity to play at the BBC Proms this year – the Albert Hall was spectacular.
Looking forward, I have another release coming out shortly culminating in the release of my three track EP in Spring. There are some exciting plans associated with the release so keep connected.
Best Wishes for 2017.