NEFA - The North East Folklore Archive

News - 2002

december 2002
Wednesday 4th. The Archive celebrates its third birthday with a new addition. The John Murdoch Henderson Music Collection Goes Online!

A year's work in the studio and in the web site building department came to fruition when a new chapter of the Archive went on line today. As a result the web site has doubled in size and now features over eighty fiddle and pipe music sound samples.
A big thank you to all who took part in the project. We should do it again sometime! GS

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september 2002
Thursday 19th - Grampian Television visits NEFA.

With the Doric Festival about to get under way here in Aberdeenshire, Grampian television's "Grampian Midweek" team visited Aden Park and the studio today. Presenter Sarah Mack spoke briefly with festival organiser Sandy Stronach and Gavin Sutherland of NEFA. The session closed with a tune from piper David Low who will be taking part in this year's festival.

The programme will be broadcast on the evening of Thursday 26th September.

Monday 9th - Linguists in the studio.

Macduff Marine Aquarium booked the studio today for a voice over session in three languages as part of the popular visitor attraction's refurbishment programme. A new tank is presently being installed which will explain a river estuary's eco-system with information delivered to the visitors in English, French and German.

Go to Macduff Marine Aquarium

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august 2002
Sunday 18th - Pipes in the Park

Aden Country Park once again hosted the North of Scotland Champion of Champions Pipe Band Competition today, an annual event since the competition was established in 1993. Twenty bands competed for the coveted trophies and treated the crowd to a fine afternoon of music.

The Grand Parade of BandsThe Grand Parade of Bands enters the arena
at the close of today's competition.


Monday 12th - Pipes in the Studio

Piper David Low of Kintore was in the studio today recording a selection of tunes from the Archive's collection of pipe books. The tunes, from McKay's Piper's Assistant, McLachlan's Piper's Assistant, McKay's Bagpipe Tutor and the Donald MacDonald Collection will be featured in the Murdoch Henderson chapter of this web site due to go on-line in October.

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june 2002
Thursday 20th - Studio Linkup with Canada.

Beverley KeaneNew York writer, Beverly W. Kean, a leading authority on collectors of French paintings in pre-Revolutionary Russia (and now a resident of Cullen), was recorded at the studio today as she was interviewed by the Art Gallery of Ontario via a telephone link with the gallery's sound studio in Toronto. The recorded piece will be a feature of an exhibition of many of the great works mentioned in her recently published book, "All the Empty Places."

Beverly Kean makes ready for her transatlantic interview.


Saturday 15th - Aberdeen based folk band "Banish Misfortune"

Sara ReithSara Reith fiddle and whistles, Tom Roche, button box, and Paul Tasker, guitar - in the studio today recording a set of tunes for our forthcoming J. M. Henderson web pages.

Sara Reith in the studio today.


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may 2002
Saturday 25th - Live Recording - Aberdeen Strathspey and Reel Society in concert at the Cowdray Hall, Aberdeen.

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the death of "The Strathspey King" - J Scott Skinner - funds raised will be used to refurbish Skinner's memorial in Allenvale Cemetery, Aberdeen. Selected material from the recording will be featured in our forthcoming J. M. Henderson web pages.

Go to the website

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april 2002
Tuesday 30th.

Cullen fiddle player Duncan Wood in the studio today recording a selection of tunes from the J. Murdoch Henderson Collection.


Saturday 20th.

Aberdeen based folk band Banish Misfortune in the studio today recording a selection of tunes from the J. Murdoch Henderson Collection.

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march 2002
Tuesday 19th. An award from USA.

We were delighted to receive this message today from ITC (Innovative Teaching Concepts, USA):

Your site has exceeded our expectations in providing outstanding and innovative educational content, as well as superior design layout. We are delighted to present you our Four-Star Award and extend our appreciation for your efforts and dedication to the educational community."


Saturday 16th.

Students from Ellon Academy complete their recording module for their Advanced Higher Music examination at the studio today.

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february 2002
Tuesday 12th.

Cullen fiddle player Duncan Wood in the studio today recording a selection of tunes from Murdoch Henderson's Flowers of Scottish Melody.


Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th. Music Students at ARC Studio.

Following the success of last year's Music Examination Programme, five students from Ellon Academy used the studio for work on their Advanced Higher Music Examinations, recording their own music, mixing and mastering the finished work to CD.

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january 2002
Thursday 10th. BBC Television pays us a visit.

Programme researcher Neil Duncan and director Paul Murton visited the archive today in search of material and information for a documentary on Peterhead, the first of an "Inside Scotland" series. Filming is under way for broadcast on BBC2 on the evening of February 14th.

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