Author: aaronmarkmcg

Visiting Niel Gow’s Inver

Earlier this month, I finally had a trip to Inver and Dunkeld for a bit of a Niel Gow pilgrimage, having a peak in at Gow’s cottage (taking in fiddler Charles Macintosh’s house just around the corner!), and a ramble along the Fiddler’s Walk to see the Niel Gow oak tree, where the fiddler is said to have composed many…

Lockdown music

Lockdown has been a bit of a bugger for trying to make a living from music, but for the first time since starting my PhD back in 2014 (how can it be that long!) I’ve had the chance to focus on regular and intense violin practice. While I’m also working on a couple of book applications, playing music has really…

18th-century Scottish Country Dance workshop

My EAERN workshop earlier this month on 18th-century Scottish dances & music is now up online, available to view in full here: EAERN workshop It starts with a lecture from yours truly about the collections and our dance band project, and then from about 25 minutes we tried out a bunch of dances together. You’ll also hear some fab playing from…

Burns and the Fiddle

Last month saw the launch of a new online resource focussed on Robert Burns’s connections with 18th-century Scottish fiddle music.

‘Reviving the 18th-century dance night’

Here’s a guest blog I’ve written for the Eighteenth-Century Arts Education Research Network (EAERN) about some of my experience working with 18th-century Scottish music and dance. I led a dance workshop for the network back in May with Alison McGillivray and I’ll be back with more in October – no doubt my ceilidh band colleagues will find it amusing that…

Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band – TDFS blog

Here’s a blog I wrote for the Traditional Dance Forum of Scotland in January 2017 about recent and upcoming Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band projects I’ve been producing with Concerto Caledonia: [original article: http://www.tracscotland.org/nathaniel-gow%E2%80%99s-dance-band%5D Scottish early music group Concerto Caledonia has recently launched the series Nathaniel Gow’s Dance Band: Ceilidh Nights, taking place in Glasgow venues Òran Mór and The Glad Cafe, January…

Research Blogging: the First Hurdle

Originally posted on Research Blogging in the Arts & Humanities:
Writing a blog allows budding researchers to develop a network of peers and engage with the public, beyond the confines of academia. It offers a platform to hone writing skills and explore new ideas. However, for researchers at the outset of their career, there are a number of issues to…

Musical adventures in Hastings and Tuscany

I’m just back to sunny Glasgow from my musical adventures over the past few weeks, which have taken me to St Mary in the Castle, Hastings for the Sotto Voce Arts Festival before a residency in the stunning Castello di Potentino in Tuscany. Beautiful weather and surroundings aside, these have been interesting experiments into different ways of performing and interacting with…

Nathaniel Gow Dance Band

Having just been awarded funding from the SGSAH to set up a PhD training workshop on research blogging in the arts and humanities, I think it’s about time I started posting in this blog! Expect to see more regular posting over the next few months. Over the last month, I’ve been playing in Concerto Caledonia’s new project Nathaniel Gow’s Scottish Dance…