Alastair McDonald, firmly regarded as one of Scotland's leading musical minstrels, is starring in a musical tribute to his friend and mentor Morris Blythman (1919-1981), aka the poet and songwriter ‘Thurso Berwick’, at the Scottish Storytelling Centre (Netherbow Theatre), Edinburgh, Monday November 14th 2016 at 7.30pm. In addition to his innumerable television, radio and stage appearances world wide, Alastair is a prolific recording artist with a vast repertoire of traditional, contemporary and original material. In 1973 he was invited to [...]
Ewan Mclennan, winner of the 2013 AHMT Songs for Social Justice Award, has written and recorded a song called "Lampedusa", about the journey of a migrant crossing the Mediterranean. To quote Ewan: "It's a kind of response to the ongoing refugee crisis." All proceeds from the download of the track go to Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontiers - a fantastic charity whose work includes carrying out rescue operations in the Mediterranean, where many of the migrant's boats are going down. [...]
AHMT grant recipient Alan Dickson has released the second CD “Traces of Freedom”, featuring more songs from his ongoing “Strains of Eden : Scotland’s Land : Songs of Discontent” project. Songs featured are Now Westlin Winds; We'll Make the World Better Yet; Nature and Freedom; The Land! The Land for Me; Kinnoull Hill; Sowers and Reapers (Trilogy); and The Freedom of the Hills. Find out more from www.strainsofeden.net , where you can also sign up for Alan's Strains of Eden [...]
United We Will Swim ...Again, a film, celebrating Govanhill Baths, directed by the Oscar nominated Fran Higson is previewing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, showing at 16:00 on June 20th at Cineworld; for more information see their FaceBook Page. The film will also be shown at an event in Oxford on July 10th; Peggy Seeger, who has been closely involved in the activism to save Temple Cowley Baths will be singing her song written for the campaign; listen to [...]
The Songs for Social Justice Award for 2015 is now open, with a closing date of 31st October 2015. The competition is open to songwriters and musicians from across the UK and will focus on songs promoting equality and social justice. The AHMT has again appointed a select panel of judges from among experienced songwriters and singers and the Trustees will decide the award based on the panel’s advice. Entries should be on a CD with an accompanying lyrics sheet and [...]
Just a reminder that as part of her 80th Birthday Tour, Peggy will be doing concerts later this month in Scotland, as follows: Friday 26th June Tollbooth, Stirling Saturday 27th June Oran Mor, Glasgow Sunday 28th June Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Peggy, the Patron of the Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust is accompanied in concert by her sons Neill and Calum. Full details of this absolutely not to be missed tour can be found on Peggy's website at http://www.peggyseeger.com/
Penny Stone from Edinburgh, winner of the 2012 AHMT Songs for Social Justice Award, singer, songwriter, activist, and campaigner for social justice, has appeared in a photograph on the front of The Washington Post on Wednesday 15th April, 2015! Penny is shown leading the singing at an anti-nuclear protest at Faslane submarine base.
1 May at 19:00–22:00 An evening of music and spoken word to celebrate International Workers' Day in The Steamie, Govanhill Baths. With Viv Gee, Lorna McKinnon, "The Matchgirls", Colin Poole, Tickle, and The Unite! Fight! Sing! Choir. Sponsored by the Alistair Hulett Memorial Trust https://www.facebook.com/events/359612157556398/