Promoting the Traditional Music and Song of North Antrim.
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A warm Causeway Coast welcome to Musicians visiting North Antrim.
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.
As well as playing at literally hundreds of informal Sessions over the years, Scad the Beggars have also played at a variety of clubs and festivals.
For eight years I ran the Black Nun Folk Club in North Antrim, to not only help promote local musicians and singers but also to inspire by bringing talented musicians and singers to the area, who might otherwise never be seen here.
Looking down through the list of previous guests you will see that instead of the more traditional folk club approach, I opted for a far more eclectic variety of guest artist, so as well as Traditional Irish and Scottish Singers and Musicians, I invited many Singer Songwriters, Bluegrass and Old Time Musicians plus a number of Rock and Country groups too, so folks knew that the only thing they should expect, on a Black Nun night, was the unexpected!
Scad the Beggars would usually start the Black Nun nights off, so over the years you could say we have supported a huge variety of musicians, which was a great way for us to give our material exposure.
However, one of the main functions of Black Nun was to encourage local musicians and singers, so although Scad the Beggars would usually get the night started, I always encouraged other local musicians and singers to get up and perform a couple of numbers too.
Two such regular attenders and performers were Riley Piddington and Desie Hasson who are now actually members of the regular Scad the Beggars line up.