Posted: 09-Dec-2009 10:35
Top Scot - Susan Boyle
Screen – Peter Capaldi
Writing – Ian Rankin
Art – Nicky & Robert Wilson – Jupiter Artland
Business – Richard Dixon – Vets Now
Environment - Mike Robinson - Stop Climate Chaos Scotland
Food – Pete Gottgens, Ardeonaig
Music – John McCusker
Sport – Ronald Ross, Shinty
Well done all - and particular congrats to John McCusker
Posted: 09-Dec-2009 13:09
Congratulations to John - great musician.
Posted: 09-Dec-2009 14:03
It was encouraging to hear award winners at the Trads refer to significant influences in their musical formation and acknowledge the work of the Feis network and individuals such as Rita. John Mc Cusker in interview with The Herald earlier this year paid tribute to the mentors in his development:
"John told the Herald: "St Roch's Ceilidh Band was one of the best things that's ever happened to me. I learned so much from St Roch's. It was magic. It's where I learned all my tunes."
John.. was 12 when he heard about this ceilidh band where you could express yourself with like-minded aspiring musicians and convinced his supportive mum and dad to take him there once a week.
He found himself at home in the band and remained a member for five years, regularly playing live concerts and taking part in competitions.
John, said: "You couldn't pay for that kind of education. To be surrounded by people playing traditional music when you're at a young age, you learn so much. It's a brilliant grounding"
Long may such opportunities continue for young people and may those who strive to provide such opportunities have their own distinctive place in the traditional music network
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