Dosca tri­umph in bat­tle of the bands

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

The penul­ti­mate night of TradFest 2017 saw DOSCA – one of Scot­land’s most promis­ing trad acts – reign vic­to­ri­ous, af­ter a panel of judges de­clared them the win­ners of the de­but Bat­tle of the Folk Bands com­pe­ti­tion.

Dosca – an en­er­getic five- piece en­sem­ble of bag­pipes, flute, guitar, bass and drums – had stiff com­pe­ti­tion from He­cla, the Iona Fyfe Band, Tra­dosaurus and Trip.

But the judg­ing panel, made up of five mu­si­cal pow­er­houses in­clud­ing Ross Ainslie and Joy Dun­lop, crowned them win­ners, be­fore ac­claimed mu­si­cian and com­poser, Jim Suther­land, pre­sented them with a tro­phy.

As well as the pres­ti­gious ti­tle, Dosca’s prize in­cludes a day’s record­ing at Cari­bou record­ings, along with the chance to per­form at var­i­ous fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing the world-renowned Celtic Con­nec­tions, TradFest and the Skye Fes­ti­val.

Hands Up for Trad ex­ists to pro­mote Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic through ed­u­ca­tion, in­for­ma­tion and ad­vo­cacy to artists, par­tic­i­pants and au­di­ences and con­tinue to be at the fore­front of pro­vid­ing highly vis­i­ble plat­form, help­ing to nur­ture young tal­ent.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is sup­ported by Cre­ative Scot­land, the devel­op­ment body for the arts and cre­ative in­dus­tries in Scot­land.

TradFest – or­gan­ised by Tra­di­tional Arts and Cul­ture Scot­land, the na­tional net­work for tra­di­tional arts – is a vi­brant 12- day show­case of live per­for­mances, walks, dances, ex­hi­bi­tions and street shows.

Both Hands Up for Trad and TradFest teamed up to stream the con­cert live via YouTube, which al­lowed fans world­wide to tune in.

Event founder and Hands Up for Trad cre­ative di­rec­tor, Si­mon Thoumire, said: ‘I’d like to of­fer a huge con­grat­u­la­tion to Dosca.

‘Their per­for­mance on the night was just great.

‘I’d also like to thank ev­ery­one who en­tered our Bat­tle of the Folk Band com­pe­ti­tion – the wealth of tal­ent was out­stand­ing but un­for­tu­nately, there could only be one win­ner.

‘At Hands Up for Trad, we’re pas­sion­ate about help­ing sup­port and nur­ture artists in the Scot­tish tra­di­tional mu­sic in­dus­try.

‘And events such as Bat­tle of the Folk Bands give musicians a plat­form to show­case their tal­ents.’

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