NEFA Jnr. goes online . . .
A new section of this site, aimed at Aberdeenshires Primary Schools and younger visitors is now up and running. With the first phase of this exciting project completed the second phase is now underway as we invite local schools to make their own contributions.
We very much look forward to helping the schools build this new chapter in nefa's development into an interesting, useful and lively resource.
Doctor's diary of a whaling voyage from Peterhead soon to be published online . . .
A fascinating account of the maiden voyage of the "Windward" in 1860 is soon to be published on this site. The diary of ship's surgeon James Francis Taplin was found in the basement of a house in Paris earlier this year and work on transcribing Taplin's notes and further research into the voyage is presently under way at the archive.
Old tunes revisited for music studies . . .
Traditional music lecturer Peter Hendry has been spending time at the archive this month studying some of the rarer pieces from the the Murdoch Henderson Collection. The plan is to compare the old, unchanged, versions of selected tunes with modern day interpretations and include the resulting discussion in a forthcoming traditional music course at the Aberdeen College of Music.
NEFA Junior ready to go . . .
Work on the first phase of the nefa jnr. section of the archive website is now complete and ready to go online. It is hoped that in the not too distant future contributions from Aberdeenshire schools wil be added to the new site.
GLOW sessions at ARC . . .
A jazz trio have been busy in the studio this month preparing a piece of music for a Scottish schools GLOW website project. Pianist Justin Brook's arrangement of Paul Anderson's fiddle tune, "Land of the Standing Stones", will be used as a base on which music students will develop their song writing and improvisational skills..
Happy New Year!
This must be the worst spell of winter weather we have seen here in the North East for many, many years. Schools are closed and roads are blocked all over the shire as the snow continues to fall. Needless to say, not much happening at the studio!