Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Devil's Tailors Welcomes Scott Morrison to the Band

After being short-handed for a year and a half, the Devil's Tailors is very happy to be back at full strength!

We're very excited to welcome Scott Morrison to the band. We're very excited to welcome Scott Morrison. Scott is an extremely talented percussionist, whistle player, and Gaelic singer (and is actually Amy's Gaelic teacher, soon to be Pete's as well), as the 5th member of the band. He sat in with us at Southern Maryland for two shows, and everyone in the band spontaneously decided they wanted him to join us full time.

With Scott filling out the 5th slot the band, we'll stay with a single fret player, so we'll be retooling some of our orchestrations, moving Peter from whistle back to fiddle in places, and we'll probably be shifting more of our song repertoire into Gaelic in the future. So very exciting stuff!

Here's a little about Scott, in his own words:
Scott Morrison is a private music instructor living in Elkridge, Maryland where he has been running his school, Rimshots, Inc., for nearly 20 years.  He holds a B.S. in Music from Frostburg State University with a double concentration in K-12 Music Education and Percussion Performance. His teaching credits include private percussion lessons through Rimshots, regular workshops on the bodhràn, spoons, bones, and tin whistle at The House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park and at The Appalachian Bluegrass Shoppe in Catonsville, annual appearances at area Celtic Festivals in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and Southern Pennsylvania, and at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

    Mr. Morrison plays in the world beat band called Big Blow and the Bushwackers and he leads his own Scottish/Irish traditional ensemble called Dìleab Phrìseil (Precious Heritage) and has performed with Celtic music notables like Billy McComisky, Bonnie Rideout, Neil Foley, Anrew Dodds, Ben Williams, Skylark, Donna Nomick, and now The Devil’s Tailors.  Mr. Morrison is a fluent Scotish Gaelic speaker and has worked part time as an on-line Gaelic instructor for the Atlantic Gaelic Academy and as a Gaelic phone interpreter for Language Line Services.  He also writes Gaelic poetry, sings traditional Gaelic songs, and is currently working online towards a BA in Gaelic Language and Culture through the Gaelic College on Skye, Scotland called An t-Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.  Mr. Morrison also has had an article on the history of the bodhràn in Percussive Notes back in 2011.

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