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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 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 @ SEALL Festival of Small Halls 2

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People @ SEALL Festival of Small Halls 2

    The Small Halls Festival on the Isle of Skye stands alone in Scotland for its approach to performances and the way it integrates both community and artists. I was very happy indeed to have been invited up in November 2019 to do some live podcasting.  This was a real treat for me, as I had the chance to pick the brains of some of my favourite musicians, inviting them to share some of their unique life experiences as well as their exceptional musical skills - all in front of a rapt local audience.
    This, the second and final of these special Small Halls Festival podcasts features another two very well known faces on the traditional music scenes.
    Fiddler/composer Lauren MacColl and Fiddler/composer/guitarist/singer Innes Watson have each carved their own unique notch onto the tree of modern Scottish Traditional Music.
    It was so great to hear them share some of their unique life experience and insight behind their work.
    It's also always a huge delight to play music with these utterly superb musicians, and there's plenty of that going on in this episode.
    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People @ SEALL Festival of Small Hallsl

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People @ SEALL Festival of Small Hallsl

    The Small Halls Festival on the Isle of Skye stands alone in Scotland for its approach to performances and the way it integrates both community and artists. I was very happy indeed to have been invited up in November 2019 to do some live podcasting.  This was a real treat for me, as I had the chance to pick the brains of some of my favourite musicians, inviting them to share some of their unique life experiences as well as their exceptional musical skills - all in front of a rapt local audience.  
     
    The first of these special Small Halls Festival podcasts features two very well known faces - nationally and internationally - on the classical and traditional music scenes. 
     
    Virtuoso cellist Su-a Lee and accordionist / composer Donald Shaw were utterly delightful company, and it was a joy to hear some of their tales and music.  
     
    Enjoy!”

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Fergus Muirhead

    Adam Sutherland's Interesting People - Fergus Muirhead

    Delighted to be chatting on this episode to Fergus Muirhead – a genuine expert on the topic of money.  His credentials are utterly impeccable, and you are bound to find some, if not all of what he has to say to be enlightening.  In my case, his advice has been life-changing.  His advice in this episode is not just relevant to the financial implications regarding the onset COVID (as of March 2020), but is very helpful the long term.
    He is the creator of moneysucks.net – “full of accessible, easy to read information and advice on all aspects of money and consumer rights. Fergus is making it his mission to help you understand what you need to be doing to make your money work for you, and to make sure that you understand where you stand as a consumer if you feel you’re getting poor service or your complaints are not being taken seriously.”
    Some more about Fergus below, taken from www.fergusmuirhead.com –
    “Fergus Muirhead is an experienced writer and broadcaster. He has written on all aspects of money and consumer issues for a number of newspapers and magazines as diverse as Scotland on Sunday, The Herald, The Sunday Herald, the Sun, The News of the World and the Journal of the Probate Section of the Law Society. He wrote a regular column in Moneywise Magazine and for five years he was Consumer Champion at best selling magazine Women’s Own.
    Fergus appears regularly on a number of radio and TV programmes. These have included GMTV, BBC Breakfast, Homes Live and Location, Location, Location for TV and Macaulay & Co, The Phil Williams Show and many BBC News programmes on radio.”
    He’s also a very finer player of the bagpipes, can deliver a full Burns supper experience and has helped many a self-employed Scottish traditional musician improve their understanding of money-related issues.
    An altogether thoroughly decent man.
    Enjoy.

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    Charlie McKerron

    Charlie McKerron

    Great to be back at Celtic Connections Festival again, chatting to special guests in front of a highly discerning audience in the fabulous Macintosh at the Willow Tea Rooms.  
    This time I was chatting to one of my biggest ever fiddle heroes - Charlie McKerron.  
    Stories, laughs, tunes and insights into his marvellous musical mind. Utterly compelling.  
    Enjoy!

    • 1 hr
    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
    Duncan Chisholm @ Celtic Connections 2019

    Duncan Chisholm @ Celtic Connections 2019

    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

Customer Reviews

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5 Ratings

5 Ratings

V. Campbell ,

Fascinating stuff!!

I'm so thrilled to have just discovered this incredible treasure trove of interviews with some of Scotland’s finest musicians, singers, and performers. There’s nothing quite like this out there, so listen in and enjoy the stories about the people, places, teachers, and history that shaped these wonderful performers and culture bearers and started them on their fascinating journeys. The tunes and singing so far have been great to hear and I’ve discovered some wonderful new artists as well! This is now my favorite podcast, and I hope Adam Sutherland will keep up the great work and continue sharing his curiosity about Scotland’s interesting people, of which there seems to be no shortage, with us all. Thank you!!

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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