Barbara Dymock will be the guest musician at the next Trad Angus Summer Session this Tuesday at Three Bellies Brae in Kirriemuir
Barbara started singing in earnest in the 1970s due possibly to the legacy of her maternal grandfather Robert Smith who was an English gypsy and, as a medical student at Dundee University she joined the university folk club.
There she found a group of like-minded people who knew and sang the type of songs her Scottish grandparents had sung around their house in Methil.
Her first ever folk festival at Kinross was a great experience and she began assimilating songs at sessions, clubs and festivals, learning from the performers prominent on the folk scene at that time such as Dick Gaughan, The Bothy Band, Paul Brady, Tony Cuffe, Marjory Sinclair, and many more.
Barbara was a founder member of ‘Ceolbeg’, as lead singer and playing the bodhran on the instrumental sets, and the band went on to become one of the best loved bands of the 80s and 90s, with an ever-changing line-up.
After working in the NHS for 31 years, she opted for early retirement for other medical interests, and to spend more time with her music.
She later teamed up with Christine Kydd to form the duo ‘Sinsheen’ and, with Michael Marra they produced a well-received CD, ‘Lift’.
These are open sessions at which anyone is welcome to join in with a song or a tune, or just to listen and enjoy the rich and diverse traditional music of Angus.
The session, on August 27, will start at 8 p.m. and local musicians and singers will also feature prominently on the evening’s programme. Held weekly up to September 8, Trad Angus attracts some of Scotland’s finest folk musicians and singers from the local area and across the country.
Further information is available online at www.nigelsjelks.co.uk