Love Scottish music and want to learn more about it? Liza Mulholland invites you Inside Folk to share an insight into her experience as a contemporary Scottish musician. Reflecting on elements of a typical year - performing, teaching, travelling, launching an album, juggling gigs and children, listening, composing - she offers a heartwarming illustration of the joys, delights and challenges of playing music for a living.
Packed with humour, anecdote and thoughtful observation, Notes from a Scottish musician's year, the first volume in the Inside Folk series, is an entertaining exploration of Scottish music. Whether enjoying a ceilidh in the hollow trunk of a giant redwood at Alasdair Fraser's Californian fiddle camp or Stripping the Willow in Castlebay hall, Liza dances us through a year of her musical life and many past adventures.
Learning piano from a young age and, later, accordion, playing and writing music have been life-long passions. With a background of a large Glasgow-Irish family of musicians and singers on her father's side and the Gaelic song tradition of her mother's Hebridean heritage, it was perhaps inevitable she would feel the strongest pull towards folk music. But all music is there to be enjoyed and her love of her subject sings off every page.
Liza writes from a place of deep knowledge and understanding, placing traditional music within a wider context of Scottish cultural life and using her own wide and varied experience to make the personal universal. Her enthusiasm is infectious, so don't be surprised if you find yourself dusting off that old fiddle you've been meaning to get back to for years