Published: 01/12/2017 08:55 - Updated: 27/11/2017 16:52

Forres musician shortlisted for national award

Dave MartinA LOCAL music teacher has been nominated for a national prize.

Electronic musician, producer and percussionist Dave Martin is on the ‘Tutor of the Year’ shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday, December 2 at Paisley’s Lagoon Centre.

The event is heralded as the most prestigious award ceremony in the traditional music calendar.

Dave said: “When I found out I was completely blown away - I would have never expected the nomination in a million years. There are so many fantastic tutors that I know of and have worked with who impress me so to be nominated is very special. It has given me more confidence in what I do.”

Dave tutors throughout Scotland, mainly in the Highlands with the Feis Rois Youth Music Initiative, but also at other projects including Feis Spe residential weekend.

He works with the digi team at Eden Court, runs electronic music company Electrolabs with business partner Steve Gascarth (AKA DJ Monkey Magic), and teaches traditional percussive accompaniment with the bodhran, cajon, ukelele, frame drums and drum kit.

He explained: “I’m very involved with the traditional scene in Scotland but also teach electronic music production and other forms of music, depending on the project and participants.

“I started playing about 30 years ago - I love the way it makes me feel, the way it connects people and the opportunities it can give you.”

The tutor of the year nominee is looking forward to the Trad Music Awards next month which will see some of the biggest names in Scottish traditional music perform, including Elephant Sessions, The Shee Big Band and Siobhan Miller.

He added: “I absolutely love teaching and bringing people into the music world by making it fun and accessible for all ages.

“I particularly love connecting people with our tradition music.”

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