Listen to demo recordings from my upcoming album, listen to the sketches from my own SoundCloud, check out the bands I play with, or just find out where you can catch up with me at local sessions.
Ceol Gallda is a collaboration between Dundee musicians Meirion Jordan and Adam Sampson. We are currently working towards recording our first full album, with a handful of appearances in the pipeline. Our music mixes Scottish, Irish and Welsh traditional tunes and songs with a slice of the unexpected, foreign, or new - hence Ceol Gallda, 'foreign music'
A few demo tracks from our recording sessions are available on our SoundCloud, with more on the way - so don't forget to give us a shout if you like what you hear!
I'm happy to announce that the band has been awarded significant funding from the Dundee Musicians' Award to work with Scots/Gaelic singing tutors Margaret Bennett and Wilma Kennedy. We'll also be running workshops for the public in the New Year as part of the project so watch this space!
I'm always working on something new, whether it's learning a new tune, assembling a new set, or just playing with ceilidh bands like Staffin Island (who are awesome, by the way! check them out!).
I started playing fiddle in Norfolk, where a number of Scottish tunes that came down with the herring trade are still played for dances. I also discovered my love of Irish music through sessions there, but for the last few years I've been immersed in the Scottish tradition, learning about its history and its idiosyncracies from amazing teachers like Adam Sutherland and Simon Chadwick.
My personal SoundCloud is something of a sketchbook, but if you want to know what's on my mind feel free to have a look!
People are at the core of traditional music, and there's nowhere better to meet people and play music with them than a session. If you live in the Dundee area, there's plenty of opportunities to get out and experience the tradition: you could come along to my fiddle class on a Sunday (just follow the link for details) or go to a session. My Sunday session (formerly at the Wild Rover on Perth Road) is looking for a new home, but until then, the following is a list of sessions that I go to in the Dundee area:
Fisherman's Tavern, Broughty Ferry; Thursdays from 8pm; weekly
- the best session in Dundee. A great atmosphere, with superb talent on show. If I'm in Dundee on a Thursday, I'm here!
The Speedwell Bar, Perth Road; Tuesdays from 9.30pm; weekly
- the classic student session, and a great place to catch up with younger players and all their cool new tunes.
Q Bar, Queens Hotel, Perth Road; Wednesdays from 8pm; fortnightly
- a lovely relaxed session with a mature crowd of experienced players. Songs and tunes in equal measure.