... from the 'misty' invitation --
september 2015 ...
well there have been rumors that bernd will abandon
"mmeff", "my music events for
friends". stronger rumors said though that it will of
course continue. and it does this year!
which music style will be on? certainlee not easee to say
properlay - but at least i can give you some no's: no
afro, no baroque, no blues, no classic, no flamenco, no
no pop, no punk, no reggae, no
rock, no samba, no tango ... but music will certainly
orlrayt, but what will it reelee be? may be i have to
essay? well there's some
tittle-tattle that eggshelly a journo shall be among us,
and throwing lots of questions on me - about tocs music,
frocks style, and even socks code? answers are due i fear
instruments will be played? here is my list, neatly
ordered by alphabet: accordion, bag, guitar, harp, piano,
pipe, voice. four people will do this, and they are all
tocs musos. plus,
in addition to this, something further will happen, just
for you, a surprising action ...
all read eagerly the invitation -- yet of course no one
did quite know what's going to happen, music-wise.
so here is the real agenda: a scottishmusicnight for my
yes, people were indeed somewhat puzzled when they noticed
how the host was dressed this evening, and curious about
the music played.
lady j then was the one to ask!
so, why? well, i knew for some
years that melbourne's st kilda is not the real one -
the real one is a small island set in
the maine one, hirta, was settled for about 2000
years, yet that ended in 1936.
thus it's not easy to reach st kilda - yet this year
the sailship "tecla" went there, and so i could visit
on the way back the
ship stopped in arbost, which is a little town on skye
island. there was a historic pub.
and this pub had life music in that evening -
presented by scottish musicians!
so there i
heard scottish folk music, first time in my life!
yes i enjoyed it, i could chat with various
musicians, i asked them many questions - -
and then i decided that mmeff-2015 should be a scottish music night
of course i noticed the uniqe
scottish dress, especially the kilt and the sporran, as
well as the socks and the hat.
when the "tecla" returned to oban (a
harbour town), i
equipped myself thoroughly with all these things!
here is my (very
condensed) response to questions about main instruments
and music styles in scottland.
all historic testimonials indicate that the harp was the
dominating instrument for a long time.
over time, violins,
pianos and accordions became important as well -
16th century onwards the bagpipe became the instrument,
and it is since then the national instrument of
scotland. it is essential for all official events.
classical as well as
folk music uses many instruments beside bagpipes, harps
and violines, including the cello, the accordion and the
when asked about
important classical composers in scotland, oops, i fell
silent - - that's really not my specialty!
however: there are very many scottish rock
musicians! big names include annie lenox and jack bruce.
plus, looking at the
most famous australian rockband, the family of
the ac/dc founders is - - - - yes, scottish!
finally, it's fun to see that in
scotland even heavy rock music can be performed in
classical costumes ...
let mmeff this
year become a scottish
music night was
certainly a grand pleasure!