2021 has seen a range of different events happen, some more muted than others due to the ongoing health crisis. We have lost friends, changed professions, all but stopped performing, but somehow we continue to power on. I end this year with a lifelong dream accomplished: the publication of my first piece of fiction, a short story, Disturbed Slumber, that won second prize at the Writers' Forum competition.
I was invited by the National University of Seoul to be a Prestigious Foriegn Scholar for Semester A, giving two lectures to their students. These were unfortunately online after trying to get there in person and failing due to stringent restrictions, but I do hope to make it there one day!
I was also fortunate to be invited to the Sunnseitn Dudelsack Festival in August where I met new likeminded friends from the bagpipe world. I went with Mallorcan xeremier Càndid Trujillo, forming a vibrant (and loud) delegation representing Galicia and Mallorca.
Världens Band was involved in the EthnoWorld Gala, contributing one of our sets (at 1:02:53) and enjoying seeing many friends on the long youtube video put together by the team.
And finally, Amaraterra released the single O Diu Quantu Sta Casa last February, in anticipation of the full album which will be released in 2022.
As many of you know, I created and have been running the International Bagpipe Organisation since 2012. This year's event will happen in Mallorca and thanks to the hard work of an incredible team of volunteers, it's promising to be one of a kind. If you are planning on attending the three-day event (9-11 March) in Palma, Mallorca, do not delay in getting your ticket!
BUT despite months of planning, we are still a few thousand pounds short so we've decided to launch a crowd funding campaign to help fund this unique event.
Whether you're a bagpipe fan, a drone music lover or just plain curious, it would be wonderful if you considered lending your support to the cause so that we can continue piping on in the future...
Your help will be an immense boost and earn our (and especially my) eternal gratitude!
Here is our campaign...
Bonnendis at Saint Ethelburga's, Amaraterra at Jamboree and a free Improvisation workshop at the university of Lincoln with Valia Calda, a busy month amongst teaching about Bollywood Music, the music of the Arab Uprisings and Indigenous Australian Pop Music!