The Scottish Session
The Crieff Last Sunday Session
The Crieff session at The Pretoria Bar, High Street, is a new initiative. The first session will be on Sunday 25th April 2004, and will be held on the last Sunday of each month thereafter.
Three local musicians have combined to organise a traditional music session at The Pretoria Bar in Crieff's High Street. Nigel Gatherer, who has been teaching Scottish music classes with Strathlearning for two years, said "When I came to live in Crieff more than three years ago, I was surprised at how little traditional music activity there was. Especially when you look at Crieff in the 1960s, when it was an important centre for the booming folk scene. In fact not many people know that Crieff hosted Scotland's first folk festival in 1964, before the more famous Blaigowrie one."
Nigel met with Irene Anderson and Orcadian Jack Yorston (who once formed the highly successful Hamnavoe Dance Band), to see what could be done. "We decided to try a monthly traditional pub session to which everyone is welcome to come and listen, or join in. It will be interesting for us to meet others in the area with similar tastes in music," said Nigel, "and I might even try to persuade some of my students to have a go!" The traditional music sessions will be held on Sunday afternoons between 2 and 5pm on the last Sunday of each month at the Pretoria Bar, The Cross, Crieff. The first session will be on Sunday 25th April. Further details from Nigel Gatherer (email me).