The Barnyards o Delgaty
A swatch o a sang warksheet frae Amy’s Scots Sang an Leid Projeck, wi scholart’s warksheet an dominies witterins.
Scots Sang & Leid Tutor
Singin Boorach Heid Yin
Amy uses her freendly an enthusiastic chairacter tae impairt her passion fer Scots heritage an culture throu it’s bonnie music an sang.
Her skeel fer engagin folk wi her fun, licht an eident teachin style means she’s gey in demand tae wark wi mony boorachs an projecks throughoot Scotlan an owerseas.
Amy is the foonder an dominie o yin o the leadin community singin boorachs in Scotlan The Liltin’ Lassies an co-makar an eddicator o the seilful YMI fundit Scots Sang & Language Project.
Brocht up in Dunblane, Amy’s luve fer Scots an tradeetional music wis garred early oan in life. Growen up in a musical hame, she wis coanstantly surroondit by sang, historie an humour which nurtured baith her fun an keen chairacter an a muckle passion fer her ain Scottish heritage. She stairted tae sing publicly in her teens at Dunblane an Stirlin folk clubs, an community singin boorach, Singin’ Stirlin at the Tolbooth.
Obteenin her Honours degree in Scottish Music fae the RSC (yae-time the RSAMD), meant she haed the cannie honour tae study an be instructit by some of Scotlan's maist respectit Scots tradeetional sangsters an musicians, sic as Alison McMorland, Gordeanna McCulloch, Karine Polwart an Brian McNeill. Soon aifter graduatin, she wis a finalist in the 2008 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician o the Year Competeetion, an in 2015, she wis nominatit fer the Citty Finlayson Scots Sangster o the Year category in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Whiles still a student, Amy becam awaur o her airt, passion an keen-ness fer eddicating when she stairted tutoring fer youth projecks at the RCS, an in 2007 set up seilful wimmen’s singin boorach The Liltin’ Lassies as pairt o her honours degree. The boorach wis nominatit fer an award at The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2010 an cairries oan growen an flourishin wi Amy’s inspirational teachin an guidin. This has led her tae be invitit tae regularly teach ither singin boorachs, afen wi Angus Folk, Song Squad an The Wighton Singers, tae quo bit a few, an is muckle soucht aifter fer leadin warkshoaps fer mony ither boorachs aroond Scotlan.
In 2008, in pairtnership wi Carolyn Paterson an the Tolbooth, Stirlin she wis the co-makar o the Scots Sang & Leid Projeck whaur, throu Scots Sang, she helps growe a kennin an innin tae Scotlan’s bonnie leid, fascinatin heritage an culture in primary scuil aged bairns. This has been delivered tae bairns at schules aa athort the Stirlin an Clackmannanshire areas wi muckle success, an wis nominatit fer Community Projeck o the Year at The MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2014.
Her humorous, licht deliverie, as weel as her aa roond enthusiasm an luve o teachin maks suir her scholars lairn swith an evidently, in a fun surroondin, meanin that the music an leid that she is sae passionate aboot is shaired an passed oan tae bairns an adults fae aa walks o life.
Stairted by Amy in 2007, The Liltin' Lassies is a fun, community singin boorach fer wimmen, locatit in Dunblane. It stairted as a tradeetional music based boorach, but it’s repertoire bedeen expandit tae include pop, rock an warld music. Clesses are freendly, licht an sonsie an aa wimmen wha enjoy singin are verra weelcome tae jine.
The boorach wis stairtit in 2007 as a bittie o coorsewark for the honours year o ma degree in Scottish Music. It stairtit originally in the springtime fer 8 weeks an wis muckle seil, sae I decidit tae cairry it oan fer anither tairm in the followin Autumn, an it’s been rinnin ere syne. We hae recordit a few wee CDs an taen pairt in mony gigs an events ower the years. In 2010 the boorach wis fu o delicht tae be voted as yin o the nominees fer Community Projeck o the Year at MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Thare are twa boorachs per week, held oan Monanday an Fuirsday, an baith are rin in the Dunblane Cathedral ha’s. Monanday's cless is held in the Leightonc haumer an Fuirsday’s cless in the Helen Lamb chaumer. The Leighton chaumer is up the stair oan the firsten flair, an the Helen Lamb chaumer is oan groond level. This is whiles subject tae chynge, bit thare is a white board at the main entrance, whilk mairks this gleg, an the ha is weel sign postit inside.
Baith clesses are haudit atween 7 - 9pm. Thare are either fower or fehv raiths a year (dependin oan whan holidays are etc) an are generally 8 weeks lang. The price fer an 8 week raith is £48, tho thare are whiles slicht chynges gin thay are 9 or 10 week raiths. Gin ye cannae mak yer regular cless, then ye are verra weelcome tae come tae the ither tae sing that week (or ony ither) tae mak up yer fu shair o clesses.
The main airt o the boorach is tae lairn the music an harmonies by lug in the tradeetional style, meanin the sangs are accessible tae aa. Sang sheets are gied tae aa, an as the teachin is oral, thare is nae need tae be able tae read music (Tho sheet music is appent tae onybody wha wid like it). I ayeweys teach aabodie the melodie o the tune an then lat aabodie hearken the harmonies sae that folk can choose whit pairt thay’d likit best tae lairn. Ye dinnae need tae haud tae yin pairt gin ye jine the Liltin’ Lassies (e.g. ayeweys a law/alto).
We dae aa kinds o sangs, a wheen o roonds an canons, an mony Scottish an tradeetional sangs as personally I’m gey fond of them, hooiver we dae sangs fae ither genres tae, siccan gospel, warld, rock an pop. We hae a muckle repertoire aaready, but gin somethin is bein sung fer a performance we will ayeways practise it wi in an inch o it’s life so that aabodie’s siccar wi it. An, I’m ayeways oan the luik oot fer new sangs tae set, sae gin ye hae ony suggestions I’m ayeways verra happy tae heark them.
Thare are nae auditions, ye jist need tae come alang an see gin it’s fer ye or no, I ainly bid that ye bruik singin. Thare is nae solo singin unless ye want tae dae it, an I will niver askit o ye. Also, as afore mentioned, the wurds are gied oot sae gin on occasion I may ask gin ye can learn somethin aff by hairt, there is ne’er ony pressure tae dae thus. It’s helpit gin ye ken whaur ye are fine singin, hie (soprano) or law (alto) (or ye micht be in the middlin), tho dinnae fash, we can aye figure this oot gin yer nae sure.
For ordinar, fees are peyed at the fore end o a raith an it’ s a set fee. I recommend comin tae yer first cless an seeing gin it’s fer ye afore ye commit tae peyin fer the raith. It’s verra rare that folk dinnae tak tae the cless, but it’s a verra laid back, social, freendly boorach, an I am a muckle blether, syne it’s no like a traditional quoir. Bit, we DAE get awfae guid affcomes an are gey warslin.
We perform gigs, haud social ploys, gang oan wanders an chant at sprees an concerts. Baith boorachs are gey freendly and welcomin and we ayeweys luve getting new folk! Thare are atween 50-60 o us in the hale jing-bang, shaired atween the twa clesses. The boorachs are spean fae, bit come thegether fer antrinl practices, gigs and ploys.
If there is onything ense ye wid like to ken or speir, please dinnae swither aboot contactin me.
In pairtnership wi the Tolbooth (Stirlin) an Stirlin Cooncil, Amy is co-makar, wi Carolyn Paterson, o the award nominatit an YMI fundit Scots Sang & Leid Projeck whaur, throu Scots Sang, she helps growe a kennin an introduction tae Scotlan’s bonnie leid, fascinatin heritage an yin aff culture in primary scuil aged bairns.
The Scots Sang & Leid Projeck has been rinnin verra seilfully since 2008 in Stirling primary scuils, an warkin wi ower twa thoosan bairns. Led by Amy an co-mad by hersel an Carolyn Paterson at the Tolbooth, atween fower an ten projecks are conductit ilka year in scuils aa throu Stirlin Cooncil an the projeck is also noo bein carried oot in Clackmananshire cooncil rin scuils.
Usin history, stories an leid teachin, Amy gies the bairns she eddicates an innin tae the sindry an bonnie genres o Scots Sang, passin oan her ain passion fer the subjeck in a fun an enthusiastic wey.
Ilka projeck is six or seiven weekly veesits per cless, an dependin oan the bouk of scuil, warking wi three tae fehv clesses a week. They wark frae their ain warkbuik designed by Amy, which they can keep efterwards, that featurs the sangs they lairn in the projeck, history, backgroond an cultural mentions as weel as compreheensive speirs tae help cement their lairnins an understandins. Ilka buik/projeck is mad, an ilka sang waled by Amy taakin intae accoont ony cless topics, seasons an handselins sae that the projeck can be used tae it’s fu scowth. Ilka dominie is gied an extentit warkbuik wi answers, hints an tips an a CD o the sangs sae that it can be used baith durin an efter the projeck. Tae help wi their understandin o the sangs, leid an stories they lairn, the bairns are bid tae tak pairt in an airt competeetion, illustratin their favourite sang fae the projeck, whaur the winners are gied a prize to faurer cuitle their eddication in Scots Sang.
As aften as can, we bid Matthew Fitt, faur kent Scots scriever, bard an makar o the braw Scots Hoose website an projeck, tae come an tak clesses wi ilka scuil, tae help their scrievin an kennin o the Scots leid.
The projeck ends wi a concert at the Tolbooth (or in their ain scuil or the Albert ha’s dependin oan the size o scuil an distance frae Stirlin) whaur faimily an freens are invitit tae watch an hearken tae the sangs the bairns hae lairned. As weel as this, Scots musicians and sangsters are invitit tae come an perform fer the bairns - Paul McKenna, Siobhan Miller & Fiona Hunter amang them. In mony cases this is the first antrin some o the bairns will hae o seein live traditional music in a theatre/concert atmostphere. Indeed, fer some it’s their first encoonter o traditional music, an the first time they hae performit in a venue.
In 2013-14, scuils frae the Bannockburn area were invitit tae tak pairt in a byous projeck tae honour the seiven hundreth anniversarie o the Battle o Bannockburn. Ower three hunnert bairns cam thegither in Stirlin’s Albert Ha’s whaur they sang sangs an performed poetry aboot the battle, exactly seiven hunnert years tae the day efter the battle stairted. Airt wark frae the projeck wis aaso shawed durin the concert, showin hoo the bairns had kenned an connected wi their local history. Ilka scuil wis veesited by Matthew Fitt tae develop their poetry, an also by local historian an expert Dr Fiona Watson, who used stories an games tae engage the bairns in the subject.
Amy teaches community singin warkshoaps an is an aften seen an antrin dominie fer several boorachs throughoot Scotlan. Tae ilka warkshoap, she brings a muckle kennin o the history an backgroond o sangs, a patient an encouragin platform fer sangsters tae wark oan an a smittin enthusiasm fer singin.Her bonnie an cannie arrangements o sangs range frae simple roonds an licht hairmonies tae fu oan seiven pairt showpiece sangs, an ilka sang is chosen tae reflect a boorach’s skeels an abeelities.
As weel as community singin boorachs, Amy has hid the pleesure o warkin wi boorachs an chairities wha wark wi health issues an illnesses sic as depression, Alzheimer’s, Dementia an special eddicational needs. Aa o these boorachs wark tirelessly tae haud forrit the lives o those they cater fer.
She was delighted tae wark oan the first SMG Inspire project in 2010/11, has mad and led projecks wi local chairities sic as Townbreak Stirling an Alzheimer Scotlan, an has warked wi several ither boorachs whaur she leads singin sessions an gies entertainment fer the folks of the boorachs.
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