For the past week or so, I’ve been in Northern California at Alister Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle Camp in Boulder Creek, along with my cousin Alice Tait. It was an incredible week; I met so many wonderful people, learned so much, played and sang lots and took a lot of photos. The week finished with a concert in Santa Cruz, with around 150-200 musicians on stage, all playing together, and at the end of the concert we all played through the crowd and out onto the street; the best ending to a gig yet! On saturday we went along to the Scottish Highland Games in Pleasanton and played with some of the musicians from Valley of the Moon and the San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers and even bumped into another Orcadian! We’ve been spending a few days seeing the sights in the San Francisco Bay area before heading to Canada, to play a house concert in Victoria, BC, with Bruce Coughland and Nolan Murray of Tiller’s Folley. We then head to stay with family in the Comox Valley and I shall begin work on my project, hopefully finding out lots about Granny’s trip to Canada in 1950!
Below is a video I filmed and edited for the Orkney Folk Festival, take a peek: