2020 has been the most challenging of years for everyone.   We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many of you who have continued to support artists throughout the year by engaging with artists online and / or by purchasing their music.   
 
We are delighted that #CovidCeilidh has been nominated for ‘Online Performance of 2020‘ at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. 

#CovidCeilidh started with a call from Duncan on social media to other musicians around the world to post an acoustic track whenever they could, in order to bring people together through music, to comfort and reassure people who might be feeling isolated or vulnerable. The response was incredible with thousands of tracks being posted from all around the world and millions of views. What was especially gratifying to Duncan were the messages of thanks from people who genuinely felt relief and were uplifted by listening to the music as they were navigating their own journey through the pandemic.

The awards ceremony, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC Alba on Saturday, 12 December 2020 where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances.  

Good luck to all nominees and a huge thank you to those who voted.

Folk on Foot – Festival 3: Together Again

Monday 31st August 2020 at 2pm will see the start of the ‘Folk on Foot – Festival 3:  Together Again’.

Host, Matthew Bannister – and the wonderful Team at Folk on Foot have undertaken a massive fundraising challenge with a view to supporting ‘Help Musicians UK’ and the musicians who contribute to these festivals – collectively, they have lost all or part of their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown.  Folk on Foot will present the third festival in their series on bank holiday Monday, the 31 August 2020.  Titled ‘Together Again’, as a nod to the very welcomed light relaxation to guidelines, giving the opportunity to meet with small numbers of friends and musicians to play music and connect.

Duncan Chisholm, Julie Fowlis and Èamon Doorley will perform at a beautiful, discreet Highland location for ‘Together Again’.  Folk on Foot – Festival 3 will provide a very rare opportunity to see and hear new performances and collaborations from a programme of incredible musicians.  For details on how to view / donate – please visit the ‘Folk on Foot’ website by clicking here.

Enjoy the music….

Constellation

A new collaborative piece from Duncan Chisholm and Donald Shaw, beautifully accompanied by members of The Scottish Session Orchestra (Clockwork Sessions).
Donald Shaw has written this beautiful melody which is superbly portrayed on this recording through the evocative fiddle playing of Duncan Chisholm. Recorded at the City Halls, Glasgow this track is sensitively layered with accompanying strings provided by the acclaimed Clockwork Sessions; a world class ensemble comprising the principal players from Scotland’s leading orchestras.

March 2020

As we navigate these difficult times and in absence of live music performances being able to go ahead, Duncan is promoting #COVIDCeilidh on social channels – Instagram / Facebook / Twitter.  With a view to staying connected and providing a positive focus for family, friends, for those feeling vulnerable or isolated, for everyone to listen to and enjoy short but perfectly formed music clips from the strong, solid traditional music scene in Scotland and from musical friends around the world.

Please join us using the #COVIDCeilidh on social media.

Enjoy the music….

New YouTube videos

The mighty Celtic Connections Festival previously commissioned Duncan’s exclusive concert at the iconic Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. You are perhaps aware that this concert was recorded and released as Duncan’s Live at Celtic Connections album.

In the run up to Celtic Connections 2020, Duncan will release previously unseen film footage from this concert, via his YouTube channel. A video clip to accompany each track from the album will released every day, during the run up to the festival, starting Wednesday 8 January.

Click here to subscribe to Duncan’s YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss out!

Enjoy the music….

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019

The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards celebrate Scotland’s traditional music in all its forms.  A wonderful celebration of Scotland’s music and culture, please do visit the Awards website (click here) and place your votes for 2019.

Kin and the Community‘ has been nominated within the ‘Community Project of the Year‘ category for 2019.  Based on the model created by Duncan Chisholm during production of his original award winning ‘Kin‘ project, Duncan is now the Artistic Director for this Feis Rois project which gives young people the amazing opportunity to develop skills in ethnology, research, composition and film making.

The awards take place at the Aberdeen Music Hall on Saturday 7 December.  Wishing all nominees the best of luck!!  Place your votes now!!! and grab yourself a ticket to this wonderful evening celebrating Scotland’s traditional music.

 

Winter Festivals

Duncan has spent much of 2019 travelling all over the world with live performances in Denmark, Spain, Australia and the U.S. as highlights. Now looking to winter, Duncan is thrilled to have been invited to return to two fantastic festivals in Scotland; the SEALL Small Halls Festival which is a nine day multi-artform winter festival bringing big music to small halls around the beautiful Isles of Skye and Raasay, and the mighty Celtic Connections Festival in 2020.

Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival, Celtic Connections 2020 celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. From 16 January – 2 February, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

See full details of Duncan’s performances and the details of the various bands and musicians he will be working with at our live page – and / or the festival websites.
*ALL tickets for all events are ON SALE NOW!

Enjoy the music….

Folk on Foot Podcast with Duncan Chisholm

Season 3 of the Folk on Foot Podcast is well under way!

This award winning podcast brings together the passions of media executive and broadcaster Matthew Bannister. His love of folk music, walking and telling stories in sound are the basis of the podcast – which includes many of the UK’s top folk artists as they walk, talk, play and sing in spectacular locations ranging from mountain tops to remote white sand beaches. Folk on Foot have captured the sounds of the natural world in their podcast: curlews circling overhead, waves crashing on the shore, rivers burbling under bridges, campfires crackling and above all feet tramping through all kinds of terrain. The music takes on a new power when you hear it performed in the places that inspired it.

Folk on Foot invited Duncan to join them on a pilgrimage to Sandwood Bay. The full episode is available now. To listen, please visit the Folk on Foot website, available by clicking here.

Enjoy the music….

Duncan Chisholm Live: September 2019 Tour

Much excitement at the Copperfish Records office as we announce tour dates in Scotland, England and Wales during September 2019.  

Having brought 2018 to a close presented with two Scots Trad Music Awards; Album of the Year for Sandwood and Composer of the Year for Duncan, we are thrilled to be able to answer the many queries of ‘when’ and ‘where’ there will be forthcoming live performances from Duncan and the band.

Thank you to the following venues for supporting this tour:

Thursday 5 September:  The Met, Bury
Friday 6 September:  Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea
Saturday 7 September:  Ashburton Arts Centre, Devon
Sunday 8 September:  Chapel Arts, Bath
Monday 9 September:  Cambridge Junction, Cambridge
Tuesday 10 September:  Leicester Grammar School, Leicester
Wednesday 11 September:  The Sage, Gateshead
Thursday 12 September:  Reeth Memorial Hall, Reeth
Friday 13 September:  ‘Folk in the Barn’, Canterbury
Saturday 14 September:  The Fleece Inn, Evesham
Sunday 15 September:  Coronation Hall, Ulverston
Wednesday 18 September:  Glassel Hall, Aberdeenshire
Thursday 19 September:  Glassel Hall, Aberdeenshire
Friday 20 September:  Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh.   **The Gathering
Saturday 21 September:  Cecil Sharp House, London

Box office details are available on our Live page.

Enjoy the music….

 

Duncan Chisholm to perform at the National Celtic Festival, Australia

We are very excited to announce that Duncan has been invited to perform his music at the National Celtic Festival (NCF) – Portarlington, Australia!!!

This visit to Victoria will be the first time Duncan has performed in the Australian territory and he is thrilled to be performing live to new international audiences. As well as attending the festival as a performing artist, Duncan will also be there in the capacity of Artistic Director for a Feis Rois / NCF partnership project working with young creative people to produce a new short film. Based on the model of Duncan’s award winning Kin production, this project provides a rare opportunity to further connect young people with their local cultural heritage by exploring archive material, inspiring a new film and sound track.