|Course:||Argyll Scottish Country Musicians Weekend|
|Tutor:||Argyll Scottish Dancing Group - Musicians Weekend Tutors|
|Start Date:||4th October 2019|
|End Date:||6th October 2019|
|Res Fee (from):||£373.00|
|Non Res Fee:||£251.00 What's included?|
The course is for musicians interested in playing for Scottish Country Dancing within the concept of the dance band, and is principally aimed at melodic instruments, piano and double bass. No experience of band playing is required. The course also aims to develop further those participants who are already playing for dancing. A practical grounding in all aspects of band musicianship and playing for dancing, drawn from Ian’s considerable experience of over 40 years. Learn the stylistic requirements of the Reel, Jig and Strathspey that make them uniquely Scottish, phrasing, sequencing of tunes and repertoire and explore the drive and lift which inspires dancers to dance well. There will also be an opportunity to explore tempos and genres that are not usually encountered on the Scottish country dance floor, the art of simplifying tunes to make them accessible, and composing in the Scottish idiom.
Ian Muir started playing the accordion at school when he was 12 and playing for dances with his own band at the age of 14. At the age of 17 he was lucky enough to be invited to join McBain’s Band, one of the South's most popular Scottish country dance bands at that time. In 1986 he formed his own band and since its inception the band has been well received both in the UK and abroad. It has also played for other related events including the Scottish Tattoos at the Royal Albert Hall. The band has appeared twice on BBC television, and has broadcast twice on Radio Scotland's Take the Floor dance programme.
Ian’s philosophy for the band has always been that the musical arrangements the band uses in its repertoire must be as good to listen to as they are to dance to and that the future of the music lies in encouraging youngsters.
Ian is also a keen composer and many of his compositions have been published and recorded, and several have been adopted as originals for dances. As a solo musician Ian has played the accordion for classes and day schools and has been a member of the RSCDS Summer School staff for the last 6 years.
In November 2014 Ian was appointed as the Musical Director of the RSCDS – not bad for an Englishman!
Dillington is a beautiful and an extremely well-run place. The staff are friendly as well as efficient, the food is excellent and the programme has astonishing depth and variety.