Promoting the Traditional Music and Song of North Antrim.
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Scad the Beggars: Slideshow
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Please note that passing musicians are always welcome at our Sessions, so if you are coming to this area and are hoping to play some music or sing a few songs with us, please do get in touch. We'd love to meet you & share some tunes, songs & crack. To see which musicians have joined us recently, visit our 'Friends'
I have been playing Scottish & Irish Traditional Music for over 40 years. I work as a professional musician, teaching Traditional Irish and Scottish Music in a number of Primary Schools during the week and Scottish Music in the Ulster-Scots Ullans Centre in Ballymoney. I also promote traditional music in the evenings, in a number of local bars, including an Irish session in Ballycastle, a Ballads & Tunes session in Bushmills & an Ulster-Scots session in Ballymoney, each week.
After the success of Ptarmigan, I decided to keep the momentum going by forming a group to continue to promote the Traditional Tunes, the Songs and the Rhymes that are popular throughout North Antrim, so I gathered up a few like minded souls and formed this new group.
We needed a name and we left it to Charlie to come up with some suitable couthy local words or expressions which might work as a handle for this new ensemble. From all his suggestions we settled on Scad the Beggars.
For those who don't already know, Scad the Beggar, is actually a local term for mealie-crushie, which is oatmeal fried in bacon fat, known in Scotland as creesh-mealie - so now you know!
So the initial line up was in fact:
Dick Glasgow: Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandolin and Concertina.
This line up lasted for a couple of years, but just as we were about to leave to perform as guest artists at the 'Music on the Move' festival, in the Ulster American Folk Park, in May of 2004, Colin suddenly decided to leave the group.
We managed to carry out our festival commitments that weekend, without a singer, but that was a major setback and shortly afterwards, Charlie also decided to call it a day, to spend more time at his writing and that was effectively, the end of the first chapter.
However, the remaining four members soldiered on, keeping the group's name alive, in order to continue to promote the traditional music of the area.
Since 2004, the line up has varied a little as we have become involved with other musicians and singers in the area and encouraged them to join us. So we meet up as often as possible and play informally in one local hostelry or another, to help keep the music and song alive in the area.
We also perform at local and not so local events when asked, so we've taken our music and song to stages in local village halls and town halls and to festival stages in Belfast and even Campbeltown in Scotland.
The important thing for us is to keep playing and singing, to help keep the old tunes and songs alive for the next generation.
While Charlie was a member of the group, he penned this little ditty.