The Falkirk Music Pot

At the end of March this year, music from The Falkirk Music Pot was performed at Falkirk Town Hall by some of the area's most talented musicians - Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Falkirk Traditional Music Project, and Falkirk's School Ensembles.

Directed by acclaimed Falkirk musician Brian McNeill, who writes, performs and teaches traditional music worldwide and founded The Battlefield Band, the concerts highlighted the year-long programme of work which had been funded by Falkirk's Creative Place Award.

A selection of this new music is available on double CD through Greentrax records or from the Steeple Box Office, Helix Visitor Centre, Callendar House Shop, Falkirk, Grangemouth and Larbert Libraries, priced £15. The CD includes the magnificent Kelpies Suite - six linked pieces of music written by Brian specifically for the project and first performed at the Commonwealth Games Queen's Baton Relay at The Helix last June.

The project takes its name from the Falkirk Pot, an iron three-legged cooking pot produced by the Carron Ironworks and Falkirk Foundry in the 1800s and exported to Africa and elsewhere around the world. It brings together Falkirk's international cultural strands and draws parallels between cultural exchanges and the sharing of songs, music and stories that historically marked the end of the Falkirk Trysts, the town's cattle markets, in the 18th and 19th centuries.

In 2014, as part of this cultural exchange, Brian and his wife Jacqueline visited Bandawe Girls' Secondary School in Malawi. The school has an ongoing partnership with Falkirk High – Brian's old school - and they recorded the pupils singing, which features on the CD. A bonus of the trip was that they found three of the highly-prized cooking pots – one of which is still in use today. The Falkirk Music Pot is funded by Falkirk's 2014 Creative Place Award.

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Last updated: 27 August 2015 at 14:24