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Last year we celebrated the 40th Traditional Music Festival. Inevitably this led to a time of reflection on how the Festival had developed over those years. The music scene in Coquetdale has seen remarkable development in that time with now an even broader range of music provision both in genres and frequency. Regular 'open mic' sessions, Rothbury Roots, the establishment of the Coquedale Music Trust and their wide range of provision together with the Alwinton concerts and even now regular organ recitals in the Parish Church on the newly restored organ. Indeed something for everyone Such wealth of provision and talent has perhaps drawn from the initiation of the Music Festival all those years ago which in itself drew on the local talents exemplified by the Border Shepherds.
From such riches of musical provision we need to ensure that we can continue that tradition and to nurture and grow local talent. Some of the earlier success of RTMF in this will be on display in the performers taking part this year.
We have continued this year in offering a tutor, James Tait, to local first schools. James has been enthusing the kids with dialect poetry, engaging them not only in hearing and learning of traditional poems but in writing some themselves thereby contributing to that heritage. James has also been teaching some traditional songs and suggested that we capture some of this by recording their efforts on CD which will be on sale during the Festival weekend. The artwork for the CD and the words for one of the songs is an illustration of how the children have been inspired by what they have seen and heard.
This has seen a re-energising of the support for local kids ceilidh band tuition which will recommence in September in a somewhat different format than previously provided. Watch out for more details nearer the time.
It has been a strange year on the committee without the two long serving members, Thomson and Mary Bathgate, who have been actively involved in the festival for the past 40 years, and hope they are enjoying their 'retirement'. We have however been extremely fortunate in recruiting some new committee members so ensuring that we continue promoting traditional music, dialect and dance.
As ever the fun and enjoyment of the Festival weekend, enjoyed by so many, is only achievable through the hard work and efforts of the committee members and other volunteers. To them I extend my heartfelt thanks, I hope you do too