Some of Dundee’s top musicians were presented with grants at the Caird Hall today after successful applications to the Dundee Musicians’ Award. The 2016 recipients include assistance to produce new Scottish tunes in a traditional style, many of which have a Dundee theme. Long time Boogaloosa member and Musical Director of Tayside Young Fiddlers, Kevin Findlay, will use the award to help record 36 traditional tunes that will encourage musical learning and enhance the local and national tradition.
Other award winners are Barry Nisbet, band member of ‘Seven Sons’ and ‘Wire and Wool’, who will produce an album of his own original music, featuring collaboration with musicians from the Dundee area active in the vibrant roots music scene. Robbie Ward gets backing to collaborate with other local musicians leading to a performance and Celtic rock band, Gleadhraich, receives support to perform at Tartan Week in New York in April 2017.
Bob Duncan, chair of Leisure & Culture Dundee said
"Since its inception, The Dundee Musicians’ Award has supported a varied range of projects and this year is no different. The award continues to raise the profile of the excellent music and diverse music coming out of Dundee."
The Dundee Musicians’ Award is staged by Leisure and Culture Dundee. The Award was established in 2008 to support the work of outstanding Dundee-based musicians by awarding grants towards the costs involved in creating new work in any genre, research and professional development.
The award supports projects that look at creative development through collaborations, working with new partners or new producers. There does not have to be a recording or gig at the end of the process, the creative process is valid enough. Support was given to applications that stimulate fresh and innovative work and to give musicians time to experiment and explore.