In 2009 we celebrated 250 years since the birth of our national poet Robert Burns with many events and concerts across Scotland..
Today in 2015 rock bands like Frightened Rabbit can sell out US venues and are signed to Atlantic records. They have developed their fan base worldwide while being based in Scotland. Also the band The Errors, an electric rock band, say they don’t need a London office to communicate today. According to radio DJ Vic Galloway PR and Publishing continue to be based in London.
Scotland over the past decades has hosted some of the world’s most successful arts programs and events. T in the Park is the UK’s second live event; Celtic Connections is one of the main worldwide roots music events. Edinburgh festival is the worlds biggest arts festivals.
Twenty years ago people might have mocked folk singer songwriters The Proclaimers Scottish accents – and now it is normal for musicians here to sing with their Scottish accents and write about where they come from and be proud!.
The band Twilight Sad say that ‘American audiences sing back to us in pretend Scottish accents!’ Great!
Our main festivals encourage a great deal of cross-collaborations which are highly productive and illuminating. Folk singer songwriter Karine Polwart has spoken of the special musical collaborations that are welcomed here between different artists. As long as we continue to welcome and embrace other cultures – as we do whole heatedly at our arts festivals.
The internet has broken down barriers too and this cultural identity and pride in your roots has been happening elsewhere.
The question remains whether cultural revivals have driven devolution – I can’t help but feel they have. It is part of the crucial debates over our distinctly Scottish identity.
Today many young musicians are less affected by the Radio One formula sound. It used to be Scottish artists felt second rate, but no more!
Frightened Rabbit, ‘Now there is more confidence about staying in Scotland. ‘