Remembered/Imagined: New works inspired by the archive of The School of Scottish Studies

Presenting seven of Scotland’s creative artists as you’ve never seen them before…

Traditional musicians and composers Amble Skuse, Ailie Robertson and Mike Vass have teamed up with writers Angus Peter Campbell, Sophie Cooke, Rebecca Sharp and Charlotte Murray to create new works of music and words inspired by the archive of Scottish cultural treasures, The School of Scottish Studies. It is a treasure trove of recordings of songs, music, tales, verse, customs, beliefs and oral history. Hear them retold and reimagined through the creative collaboration of some of the country’s leading artists. Scotland’s past in the present.

The premiere concerts take place in 2014 performed by singer Maeve Mackinnon and Mr McFall’s Chamber, an ensemble with a reputation for their eclecticism and performances of unusual and exciting music.

Four new works have been specially commissioned for this tour and are interwoven with beautiful traditional repertoire, creating an hour’s performance that captures the riches of our cultural history through music and words with live instrumental, vocal and electronic sound. Featuring a world premiere performance by the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin’.

Supported by Creative Scotland, PRSF Women Make Music, The Robertson Trust. In partnership with The School of Scottish Studies Archive at the University of Edinburgh, Hands Up For Trad.

Wed 12 Mar 2014, 19:30-20:40, Ticket Price: £10/£5 at Summerhall Main Hall, 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL

For more information see the event Facebook page or the event website. To book, visit the Summerhall website or call 0845 874 3001. 


Mitchell Library access to online music archive: Rock’s Backpages

Members of Glasgow’s Mitchell Library have just been given digital access to an extensive online music archive. Rock’s Backpages contains over 20,000 classic articles on many musical artists across all music genres by some of the most prolific music-journalists of the last 50 years.

A library of over 300 audio interviews, including conversations with Leonard Cohen, Little Richard and Johnny Cash is the best resource available through the site which also boasts a limited selection of transcribed reports, interviews and music reviews. The magazine archive promises to yield some interesting information on the designers and photographers behind the cover art featured on the likes of New Musical Express, Sounds and Rolling Stone although note charges apply.Access this online resource in all Glasgow Libraries and from home, or the Art School by entering your Glasgow Libraries card number at “Login via your library”. It’s possible to join Glasgow Libraries free of charge. For immediate access to all resources click here.
Visit the Rock’s Backpages website for more information.
Reblogged from the wonderful GSA Library Art and Design Resources blog.

Visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s archives

Last week our Archivist Susannah enjoyed a behind-the-scenes visit to the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s archives.

The RCS was originally founded as the Glasgow Athenaeum in 1847, teaching a variety of subjects, including art classes, to students in Glasgow.  Their holdings are in many ways similar to our own, containing minute books, prospectuses, student records and photographs which reveal the organisation’s history. We particularly like these images of the RCS’s original building on Buchanan St.

Old Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Theatre in Glasgow Athenaeum Building

Old Athenaeum Theatre in Glasgow Athenaeum Building

Old Glasgow Athenaeum Library 1960s

Old Glasgow Athenaeum Library, 1960s

The RCS also collect material relating to former students and staff, and to the performing arts. The archives of Scottish entertainer Jimmy Logan and a collection of historical brass instruments are just two examples of their varied holdings!

To find out more, visit their website.