NORTH EAST FOLK COLLECTIVE (NEFCo)
The North East Folk Collective was formed as a voluntary project in Summer 2010 to give advanced young people, with a passion for traditional music, the opportunity to work together to compose, arrange and perform their own music. The mentoring is done on an entirely voluntary basis and the emphasis is on having fun and sharing experiences, influences and tunes in a very informal setting. We also try to promote the music and talent of Aberdeenshire and raise the profile of traditional music in our local area and wherever we go.
The last few years have been very exciting for the North East Folk Collective with performances at The Royal Albert Hall, London (click link for interview on Classic FM), Stonehaven Folk Festival, Arts and Business Awards 2013, Aberdeen International Youth Festival and the Scots Traditional Music Awards at Aberdeen's Music Hall.
They group have also previously performed at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry and Donegal, Ireland, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Harvest Festival. In 2011 they were selected to record their own original compositions as part of a YMI funded studio recording project. Two of our current group are studying traditional music at the Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, two are current pupils at the Aberdeen City Music School, two are studying Traditional Music at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Benbecula and one has just graduated with a degree in traditional piano from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Many thanks must go to our very generous sponsors who made our trip to London and performance at the Trad Awards possible : Genesis (Oil and Gas Consultants Ltd) with a grant of £1600, Creative Scotland for covering our travel costs, Premnay Rural, Martin and Myra Kidd, Gadie's Restaurant and many other individuals who wish to remain anonymous.
This year NEFCo will be recording their debut CD and continuing to hold sessions for young musicians around the North East. We will be performing at festivals all over the UK in Summer/Autumn 2015 as well as collaborating with Italian choreographer Roberto Lori at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival.
The North East Folk Collective are always recruiting for new members. You need to be able to play Jigs and Reels up to speed (melody players), be totally comfortable and confident on your instrument and have a real passion for Traditional Music. We are particularly keen to hear from whistle/wooden flute players, mandolin/banjo players, singers and accompanying instruments!
For more information please contact Sharon on 07737 228537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.