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 group has gone from strength to strength and recent highlights have included participating and performing at the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention in Derry and Donegal which saw them collaborate with musicians from Sweden, Newfoundland, Ireland and Scotland, Stonehaven Folk Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. In 2011 they were selected to record their own original compositions as part of a YMI funded studio recording project. Three of our current group are studying traditional music at the Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton and one is studying traditional piano at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
In 2013 North East Folk Collective will be performing in the ROYAL ALBERT HALL, London at the finals of the Music For Youth Schools Proms! Many thanks to sponsors Genesis (Oil and Gas Consultants Ltd) for making this possible for us with a grant of £1600. We will also be performing at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival and the Scots Fiddle Festival 2103 in Edinburgh.
There are also plans afoot for a North East Folk Collective Big Band project in winter 2013 which will see NEFCo working with up to 6 top traditional musicians from the North East including Jonny Hardie, Davy Cattanach (Old Blind Dogs), James Lindsay (Breabach) and Daniel Thorpe towards a tour and performance at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards 2013.
The North East Folk Collective are currently 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 email@example.com.