Nigel Gatherer's Old Time Workshops:
SMG Spring Workshops (2005)
The 2005 Scots Music Group Spring Workshops were held at Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh, and I was asked to do a workshop on American Old Time Mandolin. It was one of the first workshops I did, and it was a valuable experience. At the time I was playing in an old-time band called Clutching at Straws, soaking up loads of old time tunes, so it was great to be able to share some of that in the workshop. Other workshops on the day included fiddle with Amy Geddes and flute and whistle with Brian Finnegan.
That evening the workshop leaders performed in a concert, three duos: Amy Geddes and Sandy Wright, Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, and me with my guitarist Sam Gifford. At the end we all took to the stage and played together, a thrill for me!