Vote for Macmath

Macmath at Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, 06/05/2015: Macmath group, who will be performing a rare collection of little-known traditional Scottish songs at the Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival (22nd to 31st May 2015 around the Dumfries and Galloway region). Pictured are (from left) Robyn Stapleton (singer), Ali Burns (songwriter), Claire Mann (fiddle, flute and tin whistle), Wendy Stewart (harp), Emily Smith (singer), Jamie McClennan (fiddle), and Aaron Jones (bouzouki). More information from: Sara Bain, press manager, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival - 01387 259 627 or 07770 523 797 - Photography from: Colin Hattersley Photography - - - 07974 957 388The work of Dumfries and Galloway’s leading performing arts festival has gained national recognition.

Macmath: The Silent Page commissioned by the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival, has been nominated for the prestigious Community Project of the Year category of the Scots Trad Music Awards.

And voting is now open to anyone who wishes to see Macmath take the top accolade:

DSC_0069Macmath: The Silent Page brought together the combined talents of Dumfries and Galloway musicians Emily Smith, Thornhill; Robyn Stapleton, Stranraer; Ali Burns, Kirkcudbright: Jamie McClennan, Thornhill; Aaron Jones, Beattock; Claire Mann, Beattock; and Wendy Stewart, Moniaive who restored the songs collected from Galloway singers in the late 1900s by William Macmath of the Glenkens.

This ground-breaking piece has local, national and international resonance. It was premiered at the Ryan Centre, Stranraer, in May and has also been performed at Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries and Broughton House, Kirkcudbright. It was one of the highlights of the 2015 Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival.

Return of the Magnificent Seven-media-31The project not only showcased the exceptional musicianship found in Dumfries and Galloway but also brought to life a hidden archive of Scots songs, some of which had never been sung or heard in living memory. The project was three years in the making and was researched and led by local musician and composer, Alison Burns.

Festival chair, Ken Gouge, said: “I am delighted that Macmath: The Silent Page is receiving such national recognition.

“It was conceived and commissioned by the arts festival in conjunction with Ali Burns over three years ago and it was a pleasure for me to see it performed so successfully across our region in May.

“I know it will be well received when it goes out to other parts of Scotland in the near future.”

The Scots Trad Awards aims to highlight Scotland’s rich heritage of traditional and to create a high profile opportunity to bring the music and music industry into the spotlight.

The results of the awards will be announced at a gala concert on 5 December at Dundee’s Caird Hall.