NEFA - The North East Folklore Archive

News - 2004

november 2004
Aberdeenshire's Young Musicians on CD - Tuesday 9th.

Recording on location at Aleshousewells School, Kemnay, with a group of junior singers, story tellers and drummers.

...10th, 11th, 20th, 21st.

Recording on location at Woodend Barn Art Centre, Banchory and The Linden Centre, Huntly, four local rock bands producing their own music for a forthcoming YMI (Youth Music Initiative) CD.


august 2004
A Stranger on the Bars talking book project - Sunday 29th.

Voice over artist Joyce Ogilvie (who has been working recently on a "Creature Comforts" animation) was in the studio today reading selections from "A Stranger on the Bars" which we hope to produce on CD early next year. Joyce also recorded one of her own children's stories "The Elf Service" for CD production.


july 2004
Wullie Mathieson's books at NEFA

Two manuscript books, written by writer and ballad singer William Mathieson of King Edward, are presently on loan from the family. The works contain several anecdotes and ballad lyrics written in the main during Mathieson's time in the battlefields of France during World War I. The books, along with photographs of the man and his family, will be featured on this web-site later this year.

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june 2004
Turriff Academy Music Students at the studio - Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th.

A group of young musicians from Turriff Academy were at the studio this week, recording their own music and learning how to edit and process digital sound.


may 2004
Aberdeenshire Council's Senior Management Team visit NEFA - Monday 24th.

The council's senior management team accompanied the Chief Executive on a visit to NEFA today where they were shown around the studio and spent some time browsing the web-site.

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april 2004
Henderson Collection Display installed at Aberdeenshire Farming Heritage Centre.

A series of display boards giving visitors to the Heritage Centre information on the Murdoch Henderson Music Collection were installed this month. The new addition to the Centre's exhibition also includes selected books from the collection and a number of artefacts.


march 2004
Elvis Presley has family roots in Aberdeenshire! - Wednesday 23rd

BBC News announced this week that Elvis Presley's family originated from Aberdeenshire. The news has caused quite a stir locally, especially in the village of Lonmay, said to be home to Elvis's ancestor, Andrew Pressley, who emigrated to America in 1745. The lineage was researched by Greenock historian, Allan Morrison, who said that finding the links right back to a farm in Aberdeenshire in the 1700s was like striking gold!

Paul Anderson and BBC Radio in the Studio - Thursday 18th.

Tarland fiddler Paul Anderson and pianist Andy Thorburn were in the studio today recording tunes from the "Strathbogie Collection" written by Paul during his term last year as Huntly's Musician in Residence. The new CD will soon be a available. During the session BBC Radio's Grass Roots production team popped in to talk to Paul about his newly published book of fiddle tunes "The Cromar Collection" a collection of reels strathspeys and tunes written by Paul during the last ten years. E-mail Paul for further details.


The Banff and Buchan Collection is now on-line! - Monday 1st.

A major new addition to the archive featuring songs, music and oral histories relating to farming and fishing recorded by folklorist Tom McKean while he was Traditional Music Resident in the Banff and Buchan district of North East Aberdeenshire.

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february 2004
A busy month at the Studio

The studio welcomed back piper David Low this month who is presently preparing material for a CD collection of dance tunes. Record producer John Wood, who has in the past worked with such artists as Nick Drake and Fairport Convention, was also in the studio mastering a new CD from blues singer Chris James. We also had the pleasure of meeting a group of Aberdeenshire's music teachers who spent a day in the studio finding out more about digital recording.


january 2004
Ellon Music Students Study at ARC

A group of young musicians from Ellon Academy took part in digital recording workshops this month as a part of their Advanced Higher Music exams.
Aberdeen based folk band "Aurora" were also in the studio this month recording material for a new CD.

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