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.