7 episodes

Scottish Fiddler and Composer Adam Sutherland invites musicians, artists and other creators to share with listeners the source of their passion. Expect previously untold tales, insights into character, a good laugh, and some generally very entertaining chat.

Adam Sutherland's Interesting People Podcast Adam Sutherland

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Scottish Fiddler and Composer Adam Sutherland invites musicians, artists and other creators to share with listeners the source of their passion. Expect previously untold tales, insights into character, a good laugh, and some generally very entertaining chat.

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People at Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2019

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People at Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2019

    The first of two podcasts recorded on stage at Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2019 in County Cork, Ireland.
    What a privilege to have had the chance to invite onto the stage with me the legendary fiddler / composer John Sheahan.  
    He's a complete marvel of a man.  Full of music, stories and poetry and a mischievous twinkle in his eye.   This is him with myself on the left and the fantastic guitarist Marc Clement on the right, immediately as we came off stage.  Buzzing!
    What an atmosphere.  And what a great wee festival!
     

    • 53 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People: 'Brew and a Blether' Episode 2

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People: 'Brew and a Blether' Episode 2

    The second edition of Adam Sutherland's Interesting People, live from Celtic Connections 2019, as part of the Brew and a Blether daytime events.  
    This time an thoroughly engrossing and often hilarious chat with one of Scotland's best loved fiddle players, the one and only Duncan Chisholm.  Great to hear about what goes through his mind while he plays his legendary slow airs, as well as many an anecdote from his early life learning from Donald Riddell.  
    I'm absolutely delighted with the way these festival podcasts have turned out and all the positive feedback I've received. 
    Thanks to Celtic Connections Festival for giving the go ahead for this, all at Macintosh at the Willow, and to Paul Jennings and Jacky Pankhurst for their help behind the scenes.  
    Enjoy!  
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People: 'Brew and a Blether' Episode 1

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People: 'Brew and a Blether' Episode 1

    This episode of Adam Sutherland's Interesting People is a blether and a tune with Donald Shaw and Finlay MacDonald, live from Celtic Connections Festival 2019.
    In the brochure it's described as the following:
    Join Adam Sutherland as he chats to some of the festival’s artists in the intimate and stunning setting of the newly refurbished Mackintosh at the Willow Tea Rooms, for a recording of his podcast ‘Adam Sutherland’s Interesting People’. Your host will be skillfully guiding the conversation, finding out what makes the guests tick, what drives them to do what they do and any other stories they may wish to share. This is a rare chance for audience members to learn more about the unique life stories of the people behind the music. Come and listen with a cup of tea and a wee treat in one of Scotland’s architectural masterpieces.
    It was great to see and hear an audience so thoroughly entertained by these charismatic, intelligent and downright hilarious musicians.  And in such beautiful surroundings!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Mairi Campbell

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Mairi Campbell

    Episode four of Adam Sutherland's Interesting People features Scottish musician/actor/dancer Mairi Campbell

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Josie Duncan

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Josie Duncan

    Episode three of Adam Sutherland's Interesting People features Scottish singer songwriter Josie Duncan.

    • 46 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Aonghas Grant

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Aonghas Grant

    For this episode of 'Adam Sutherland's Interesting People' I have the pleasure of the company of the famous left-handed fiddler of Lochaber, Aonghas Grant.  Also joining me this time is my father, Alex Sutherland.
    Aonghas is very well known across the world as a respected fiddler, teacher and composer from the West Highlands of Scotland.  
    My father and I were fascinated to learn about his early life learning the fiddle from his uncle, as well as hearing him describe his ancestors fleeing the redcoats after the battle of Culloden, speaking so vividly that it seemed like it had just happened yesterday.  Amongst the many stories shared, it was great for me to hear him speak of my first fiddle teacher, the late Donald Riddell, who I only knew through a child's eyes and ears.
    Such a rich life of music, and so great to have Aonghas on the show. 

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

Beltainefiddler ,

What’s Behind The Tune?

These days, I find that so many musicians are progressing at breakneck speeds, covering unknown territory and technically accomplishing more than some thought possible in folk music, but at what cost??? There is NO denying the absolute pure distilled talent of todays musicians, but I feel that something has been lost in the mix...the stories behind the tunes..or for that matter, the stories behind the artists. Everyone has a perspective and a way of interpreting music, and I often feel that in modern celtic sessions it’s ‘just the music’ played clean, fast, and move on to the next mind blowing set (modern bluegrass suffers the same thing)...but people today often lack the patience to calm down and talk, learn, experience each other, and find out a little deeper meaning to a tune or where it came from...why does this person’s b-part sound different and where did they learn that?? Or, they have a whole extra part to the tune that puts a totally different spin on the arrangement. Or, how far back does this tune really go and who were the people playing it then? What were their conditions, what were their losses, their victories? Music is personal, deeply personal and can open up a person to an eternal well of emotions if they choose. This is what I enjoy and respect so much about Adam Sutherland. Not only is he an unbelievable talent, He’s a curious soul, willing to dive into the past and get to the root of it all. In talking with these wonderful musicians, many who come from a different time, he helps open your mind up just a wee bit better to understanding why this folk music is so vital to the culture. I highly recommend Adam’s podcast to anyone, not just musicians, but anyone who enjoys history, culture, stories, and a good chat! In listening we learn and grow, and I’m not just talking about the music....10/10 - 5 Stars - 100%

Best,

Zac

bicboi1234 ,

Quality content!

Excellent, enlightening conversation between two fascinating characters of the Glasgow traditional music scene! I look forward to hearing Adam’s podcast develop, and can’t wait to see what other guests he brings into the studio!

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