MacDonald Welcomes the Falkirk Music Pot


Angus MacDonald MSP has welcomed the first performance of the Falkirk Music Pot which was performed at Falkirk Town Hall.


The project was funded by a Falkirk’s Creative Place Award 2014 and has been a year in the making.  Directed by Brian McNeill, formerly of The Battlefield Band, the project aims to highlight local musical talent.


The premier featured a performance of the Kelpies Suite, six linked pieces of music written by Brian. 


Mr MacDonald commented,


“I congratulate all those involved in this fantastic project particularly Brian who has written such wonderful music in celebration of Falkirk District and it’s musical talent. The recording of the project has been on behalf of Falkirk Community Trust who are also to be commended for their involvement.


“It is especially pleasing to have the Kelpies highlighted as they are now such an integral part of the Falkirk community and recognised world wide.  Now there is music specifically written for these amazing Falkirk icons.


“I am delighted that so many local musicians, both professional and amateur, as well as talented pupils from local schools were involved in the project. 


“I was pleased to be able to point out this achievement in the Scottish Parliament in the following motion:”


Motion S4M-12823: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2015

The Falkirk Music Pot, Creating a Local Cultural Legacy

That the Parliament welcomes the first of two performances of The Falkirk Music Pot, highlighting a year-long programme of work funded by Falkirk’s Creative Place Award 2014 and produced by Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council; notes that the first concerts are to be performed by some of the area’s most talented musicians and were created and directed by the acclaimed Falkirk musician, Brian McNeill; understands that, since March 2014, Brian, who writes, performs and teaches traditional music worldwide and founded The Battlefield Band, has been working with musicians and community groups from the area to create this exceptional programme of music; notes that they include the Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Falkirk Traditional Music Project and Falkirk’s School Ensembles; further notes that the programme will include The Kelpies Suite, six linked pieces of music written by Brian specifically for the project for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists; understands that it was first performed in June 2014 at the Commonwealth Games' Queen’s Baton Relay at The Helix; understands that new music has also been commissioned in partnership with David Scott at the University of the West of Scotland; further notes that some of this new music and a full performance of The Kelpies Suite will be premiered during the concert, including performances by local songwriters and musicians Sylvia Barnes, Willy Thomson and Andy McKean, showcasing what it considers the abundance of musical talent in the area; looks forward to the music being released as a double CD at the end of March 2015 on Greentrax Records, which it considers is Scotland’s premier traditional music label; further notes that the project takes its name from the Falkirk Pot, an iron three-legged cooking pot produced by the Carron Ironworks and Falkirk Foundry in the 1800s and exported to Africa and elsewhere around the world; believes that the project brings together Falkirk’s international cultural strands and draws parallels between cultural exchanges and the sharing of songs, music and stories that historically marked the end of the Falkirk trysts, the town’s cattle markets, in the 18th and 19th centuries, and looks forward to The Falkirk Music Pot and the Creative Place Award leaving a local cultural legacy for many decades to come.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Jean Urquhart, Chic Brodie, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Mike MacKenzie, Christina McKelvie, Kevin Stewart, Richard Lyle, Mark McDonald, Bill Kidd, Colin Beattie

A double CD of the music will be released by Greentrax Recordings; the official release date is 1st May.


Copyright © Angus MacDonald MSP 2017

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