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1st Aug 2014
The Gathering 2014 - Songwriting Competition
“Dumb Ways To Think” is a FREE to enter Songwriting Competition. The aim of the project is to highlight the similarities between different Christian faith communities by exposing discredited sectarian negative beliefs and myths.
For further details and 'How To Enter' go to
A professional animation will be made based on the winning song. The project leader is professional songwriter Robert Maitland MA Songwriting, BA hons Music, Ad.Dip. Music for Film & TV and tutor for Burnsong Young Songwriters. The competition is organised through Burnsong (national body for developing the art of contemporary songwriting in all its many forms). With the support of the VAF, Scottish Government, S.W Scotland Sectarian Project, SCVS, SmartIndie and EM Records.
27th Sep 2013
‘The Gathering’ Alumni lead the way for the next generation of Burnsong Songwriters
Fresh from the UK Songwriting Festival, ‘The Gathering’ winner Robert Maitland alongside University of the West of Scotland’s Becci Wallace host Burnsongs Young Songwriters Workshops on Saturday the 12th and Sunday the 13th of October at The Stove in Dumfries.
Places for these workshops are limited and subject to availability so booking is required. Reservations can be made to Robert Maitland at email@example.com
Participants will showcase their new material at a Fringe4 Event the following Saturday (19th of October) at Easterbrook Hall.
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ
The Crichton, Bankend Road,
Dumfries, DG1 4TA
24th Jul 2013
The Gathering 2013 - Winners Announced!
Scotland’s songwriting promotion and development body Burnsong are delighted to announce the winners of The Gathering 2013. After much deliberation the panel of music industry experts have selected the following winners from the entries submitted:
'Cash for Gold' - Catherine Rudie
'Queen of Oz' - Robert Maitland
'52 Des' - Findlay Napier
Robert Maitland is studying for a Masters in Songwriting and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. Robert's winning entry, the 'Queen of Oz' was inspired by L. Frank Baum 'Wonderful Wizard of Oz, it tells the previously untold story of Dorothy's mother called Queen Jennifer and her decision to send her baby to Kansas in a twister.
Findlay Napier from Strathspey moved to Glasgow to study Scottish Traditional Music at the RSAMD. He is recognised in the music scene as a performer with his post punk meets Scottish folk band 'Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers'. In 2013 Creative Scotland awarded Findlay a mentoring grant to work with the critically acclaimed songwriter Boo Hewerdine.
As a teenager Catherine Rudie was a piper and Gaelic singer for the Mod. Whilst in Dundee she attained a Post-Grad in Fine Art and worked as a curator for Dundee Contempoary Arts. Now moving betwen London and Edinburgh as a freelance Art Director she has 'struck gold' with her first love- music.
The three successful songwriters have now been invited to join the UK Songwriting Festival to hone their skills in a week of intensive support and tuition at Shennanton House, Wigtownshire in August 2013. In the rural setting of Dumfries and Galloway, they will concentrate solely on writing, rehearsing, recording and performing songs, developing their musicianship alongside industry experts.
Our winners will perform alongside musicians from the UK Songwriting Festival in two exclusive performances within Bladnoch DIstillery, Wigtown on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th August, 7.30pm (7pm DOORS) Tickets for this event are free but we do ask that you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Burnsong would like to offer their Congratulations to Catherine, Robert, Findlay and express our gratitude to everyone who has shared their music with us.
For more information on Burnsong:
For UK Songwriting Festival Showcase tickets:
8th Jun 2013
THE GATHERING 2013
Scotland’s songwriting promotion and development body Burnsong announces the opening of 'The Gathering 2013,- the annual invitation to submit new Scottish songs, which will be assessed by an expert panel before the winning songwriters are invited to join the UK Songwriting Festival to hone their skills in a week of intensive support and tuition at Shennanton House, Wigtownshire during August 2013 (10-17th).
In the rural setting of Dumfries & Galloway songwriters will concentrate solely on writing, rehearsing, recording and performing songs, developing their musicianship alongside industry experts.
The competition opens on Monday the 10th of June and submissions will be accepted until midnight on Sunday the 30th June. The selection and judging process will take place between 1st July and 7th July with winners notified and announced thereafter.
This year’s submissions will be accepted digitally through email@example.com
- Applicants must be 18+ , Scottish or based in Scotland.
- There are no restrictions on style, genre or instrumentation
- Songs must be original, written by the submitting artist in 2013
Submitted songs must be previously unreleased (in any format)
Songwriters may submit up to 2 songs for consideration.
Winner must be available to attend the songwriting week in August 2013
The deadline for submissions is the 30th of June, submissions received without the relevant information or after the deadline will not be considered.
- The winner will be announced in July 2013
To submit your song(s):
- Attach your song(s), in mp3 format to an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org
- While the file uploads, please add your name, (real name and stage name), song title, a short biography including where you are from and also any relevant web addresses (Facebook/Soundcloud/Website)
- Finally, provide an e-mail address so that we can contact you.
For more information, contact: Suzanne McLellan / email@example.com
14th May 2013
UK Songwriting Festival 2013For the second time, the UK Songwriting Festival is to be held in Scotland. From 11-17 August, songwriters will work intensively in the rural retreat that is Shennanton House. BURNSONG is delighted to be working with partners University of Bath Spa to offer this opportunity, and the Festival is lead by Joe Bennett, and a team of established writers. If you take a moment to read the blog from 2012, you'll get the flavour of the week .....
Follow this link for further information, and make an early booking - http://www.uksongwritingfestival.com
15th Aug 2012
UK Songwriting Festival - Daily BlogThe UK Songwriting Festival is underway and participants are hard at work crafting new songs together.
7th Jun 2012
The Gerry Rafferty Songwriting Prize
- Applicants must be 18+ and from the Renfrewshire area.
- Applicants may submit up to 2 songs of any genre.
- Each individual song must be no more than 4 mins in length.
- Songs must be original, written by the submitting artist and contain no explicit lyrics.
- Submitted songs must be currently unreleased*
- Winner must be available to attend the songwriting week and the two performances.
- The deadline is the 6th July at 11pm
- The winner will be announced on the last week of July.
15th May 2012
The Gathering 2012: Submissions Closed!The response to The Gathering 2012 has been fantastic. Now that the submission window has closed, we'd like to express our gratitude to everyone who has shared their music with us.
19th Mar 2012
THE GATHERING 2012
16th Jan 2012
Burnsong Songwriters Feature In Olympic Commission
The BIG Breakthrough!
a celebration of Olympic and Paralympic values through song
Wednesday 21st March 2012
The Usher Hall, Edinburgh
Tickets £5 adults, £3 children
Box Office: 0131 228 1155
Several songwriters connected to Burnsong are performing a brand new commission, Breakthrough, written by Burnsong Gathering Winner Kim Edgar, at The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, on 21st March 2012, after its debut at Celtic Connections 2012.
Karine Polwart, Mairi Campbell, Mattie Foulds and Kim Edgar herself are performing in this celebration of Olympic and Paralympic values, which features children and young people from The BIG Project, Broomhouse (in the south west of Edinburgh), alongside Inverness Gaelic Choir, Sangstream, Cappella Nova, and 10 leading professional musicians.
The newly-commissioned work features all performers en masse, with a series of overlapping themes representing the Olympic rings. Audience members have the unique opportunity to participate in the premier performance of the brand new commission, Breakthrough, and can learn singalong parts by visiting YouTube and searching “BIG Broomhouse Breakthrough”.
“The commission was inspired by children in Broomhouse; footage of their thoughtful responses to the values is integral to this uplifting concert, which features pop/rock, Gaelic, folk, classical and Scots songs, plus a Glee style mash-up! Audiences will have fun taking part - singing’s great for our physical and emotional health. It’s an ambitious undertaking for The BIG Project kids, but I’m confident they’ll rise to the challenge: recently, they’ve taken Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall by storm, worked with Gareth Malone, and some members performed live on BBC Children in Need. As you can imagine, they’re extremely excited about their Celtic Connections debut!”
Breakthrough was commissioned by Celtic Connections and The Usher Hall, Edinburgh, and its performance is central to a year-long singing project which Kim Edgar is leading at The BIG Project, Broomhouse, funded by Creative Scotland. David McDonald, Youth Arts Manager, Creative Scotland commented:
“Creativity plays a vital role in children and young people’s development; it builds confidence and communication skills. The Youth Music Initiative has given thousands of young people the opportunity to learn about and enjoy making music. The BIG Breakthrough will be an amazing experience for the young people – to play live with some of Scotland’s most talented musicians will be a night to remember and something to inspire their music making for years to come.”
Suitable for children, young people and the young at heart!