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The evolution of Scottish music

Bagpipes

Scotland might just be one of the only countries in the world that has a sound associated with its geography. Alas, it is difficult to hear the word Scotland without also hearing bagpipes. Scotland’s sound can be described as one shrouded with tradition and even though the younger generations widely listen to international pop music, its traditions are rooted in Scotland’s very soil.

In fact, this music is responsible for shaping a lot of other forms of music worldwide. Scottish music isn’t all just bagpipes and country dancing though, the country is home to a wealth of internationally renowned modern artists that have strong voices on a large scale. This is not to mention all the new Scottish bands that are critically acclaimed without being mainstream. There are so many facets to the Scottish sound, this article will detail just a few.

You could not talk about Scottish music without mentioning the traditions in which it was built on. The most authentic Scottish music makes use of mostly pipes. Usually this is Scottish smallpipes and border pipes. These are both bellow-driven and do not have regulators. This music can vary based on the region, which makes it a unique experience to visit and listen to all different types of music. To top it all off, Scottish folk dancing is the perfect accompaniment to any performance of traditional Scottish music.

This tradition of music being a strong focal point in life is something that has carried itself through until today. For instance, the current classical music scene is thriving in the country. Many groups are creating a splash in the cultural life of Scots and also Internationally. For instance, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe’s leading symphony orchestras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra is internationally recognised as one of the best in the world.

If you are passionate about music and willing to start a career in this field, Scotland is a destination to consider. Whether it is contemporary, classical, Celtic, or country music, this country hosts numerous concerts, festivals and music venues. You can check general employment sites providing jobs in Scotland and make further research in order to control all present opportunities.

Scotland is home to one of the most musical cities in the world. Glasgow was named a UNESCO City of Music in August 2008. This made it the second Scottish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This is an incredible title as it recognises that this region is vibrant and its music scene makes it a pretty big world player in terms of music – both performance and production wise. Glasgow’s music scene is vast and spans a lot of different genres and on average holds 130 music events a week.

Currently Scotland hails some of the greatest artists in the world, something that a strong musical base has left room for. To name a few artists that are truly making their marks on the world, Paolo Nutini, Chvurches, Belle and Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, Emile Sandé, and Calvin Harris have truly done just that. These huge names, along with numerous festivals (T in the Park, Wickerman, HebCelt), and huge venues (the o2 Glasgow, the Hydro, The Barrowlands), are all responsible for Scotland’s massive impact on the music industry, and the product of its evolution.

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