Sincere thanks to everyone who has taken the time to attend live performances or listened to music from Duncan’s album Sandwood over recent months.  Thanks also for the support offered through nominations and voting at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.

Duncan is honoured to have been awarded the prestigious Album of the Year 2018 for Sandwood as well as Composer of Year 2018 at the STMA ceremony in Perth.  It is warming to hear how many people are enjoying the album and Duncan is thrilled to see his work – and that of the wider team of musicians and production involved – appreciated amongst his peers and industry professionals.

Thanks also to Hands up for Trad and Simon Thoumire for programming a stellar line up of live music at the ceremony which you can catch on the BBC iPlayer by clicking here.

Enjoy the music….

Vote for Duncan Chisholm and Sandwood at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards!

You can vote now for your preferences amongst a selection of world-class musical talent shortlisted for the Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.

Duncan is honoured to have been nominated within two categories at this year’s awards.

Duncan Chisholm within the Composer of the Year category – and his latest release Sandwood has been shortlisted within the Album of the Year category.

Please vote – by clicking here – before 23 November 2018. 

Thank you for your support!

Highland Tour Dates: Festival of Small Halls

Duncan has been invited to perform as part of the the first Festival of Small Halls which will take place around Skye and Lochalsh over eight days, towards the end of November 2018.  This is a multi-art form winter festival, bringing big music to small halls.

People, place and performance are the themes of this festival which focuses on community spirit and promotes the relevance of Scotland’s traditional culture to present and future generations.  This festival will bring some of Scotland’s greatest traditional musicians, as well as writers and visual artists to small halls in remote rural areas.

Duncan will be joined on stage by Donald Shaw, Jarlath Henderson and Innes Watson during this tour.  Full box office details are available on our Live page.

Enjoy the music….

Sandwood: MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2018!

Hands up for Trad have opened nominations for the 2018 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.  Celebrating excellence in traditional music, these awards honour artists, instrumentalists, composers and singer-songwriters.

This awards ceremony includes a wealth of categories that encompass all aspects of traditional music.  Be sure to take a moment to nominate your favourite acts or organisations by visiting the Scots Trad Music Awards link – click here.

The nominations include the ‘Trad Album of the Year 2018‘.  Sandwood has been included in the longlist (comprising 25 wonderful albums) for this category and it’s now up to you – the public, along with a music industry panel, to vote for a shortlist of 10 albums.  Voting is open until Sunday 14 October and the winners will be unveiled at Perth Concert Hall on 1 December 2018.

Vote now for Duncan Chisholm and Sandwood!

Thank you for your support.

Eden Court Theatre Performance:  An Treas Suaile (The Third Wave)

On 27 January 2019, Eden Court Theatre, Inverness will host ‘An Treas Suaile’ (The Third Wave) which Duncan was commissioned to write with fellow musician Julie Fowlis.

Late on New Year’s Eve 1918, HMY Iolaire set sail from Kyle of Lochalsh carrying nearly 300 seamen home to the Isle of Lewis after the war.  The ship was lost at the entrance to Stornoway Harbour and 201 servicemen perished in one of the worst maritime disasters in modern British history.

Written to commemorate 100 years since the disaster, this is a deeply reflective audio-visual piece which has taken 12 months of research and writing.  It will feature newly composed music, traditional material and archive  recordings with onstage visuals and projected images.  The title and central concept refers to John Finlay MacLeod, who leapt overboard from the stricken Iolaire with a rope, and whose bravery saved many lives.

Full box office details are available on our Live page, here.

Wolfstone to perform at the Blas Festival 2018

The Blas Festival, which takes place between 7 – 15 September 2018, celebrates the culture, traditional music and Gaelic in the Highlands of Scotland.

Duncan will perform with folk-rock band Wolfstone as they make a rare appearance on Highland soil when they perform in Lochinver on Friday 14 September.  For full box office details, please visit the Blas Festival website here.

Enjoy the music….

Sandwood Review / Duncan Chisholm Feature

Twenty years ago this summer, the first issue of Penguin Eggs surfaced on the Internet.  This publication continues to be bursting with features, interviews, news and reviews from the traditional scene and the current summer special 20th Anniversary Issue (No.78) is no exception.  Read Roddy Campbell’s full review of Sandwood, accessible via the publication here, as he considers Duncan “the indisputable eminent fiddle composer of his generation“.

Duncan is also the subject of an in-depth feature interview in the August 2018 issue of The Scots Magazine.   ‘Sandwood – A Place Beyond Words’ by Cameron McNeish considers how Duncan captures an indefinable location through his music and how Duncan has “produced something quite exceptional” in his Sandwood album.  The full feature is accessible in The Scots Magazine via this link.

Duncan Chisholm Live at Egerton

Duncan has been invited to perform at the Millenium Hall, Egerton toward the end of October 2018.  Known for its triennial summer music festival, Egerton continues to invite musicians to perform between festivals whilst promoting the arts in the Kent area.

Duncan will perform as part of a quartet including Conal McDonagh, Ali Hutton and Megan Henderson on Sunday 21 October 2018.  Please visit our Live page for box office details.

Enjoy the music….

Duncan: Live on BBC Radio 3 Breakfast

In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination.  Into the Forest (BBC R3 daily between 630-9am, 18 – 22 June) explores the enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s often frenetic world.

Duncan was invited to join presenter Petroc Trelawny live from the breathtaking landscape of Glen Affric.  Having completed his lauded Strathglass Trilogy inspired by the majestic Glens of Strathfarrar, Canaich and Affric, Duncan was delighted to perform his music live on this programme which explores the cultural heritage of the last remnants of the original Caledonian Forest.

Listen again on the BBC iPlayer via this link

Live Event News….

Duncan is thrilled to be performing with Julie Fowlis at Runrig’s The Last Dance concerts in Stirling on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August.  Duncan has been a huge fan of Runrig over their career and feels privileged to be a part of this weekend, celebrating Runrig, their music, and their legacy.

Greg Lawson’s monumental orchestration of Bothy Culture, presented by The GRIT Orchestra was a roaring success at the Celtic Connections Festival earlier this year.

Duncan performed many times with Martyn Bennett while touring with Wolfstone throughout Europe and the USA. Duncan was honoured to be invited to join The GRIT Orchestra to carry on the spirit of his music for this project.  Martyn Bennett’s Bothy Culture will perform as part of the Light on the Shore Series at the Edinburgh International Festival on Tuesday 21st August 2018.  This unique performance of an epic orchestration of Martyn’s second album will be presented at the Edinburgh Playhouse.  Tickets are on sale now and full box office details are available via our Live page.