Songs for Scotland is a Scottish cultural tradition, albeit one of recent coinage.
The first Songs for Scotland Festival was held in the auditorium at the Oran Mor on 3 September, 2014. That event featured a who’s who of Scottish singers singing songs for Scotland, however each defined that. The project also included the creation of a downloadable compilation album of ‘aspirational’ songs for Scotland, Bella Caledonia: Songs for Scotland the Album. Artists contributing to the album included the Proclaimers, Dick Gaughan, Capercaille, and numerous others of Scotland’s finest singers and artists from across the musical spectrum.
In 2016 a second Songs for Scotland event was staged in the auditorium of the Oran Mor, this time to honour one of Scotland’s greatest living cultural figures, the artist, writer and polymath Alasdair Gray. An Evening for Alasdair Gray, staged on 29 November, 2016, sold out and was live streamed to audiences across Scotland. This project also included the creation of a sequel (downloadable) album of Scottish songs, Native Musicians: Songs for Scotland 2; and it served to launch a new bursary for young Scottish musicians administered by Hands up for Trad, the Alasdair Gray Musical Scholarship Trust
This blog contains an archive of information and press coverage of past Songs for Scotland projects. Plans for a 2017 Songs for Scotland project are now in the works. Watch this space.
This blog is dedicated to the proposition that imagination and its handmaidens, music and art, ‘can and should be in the forefront in the drive for positive political change’.
“I distrust speech therapy. Words are the language of lies and evasions. Music cannot lie. Music talks to the heart.” ~ Alasdair Gray