Home-grown talent to honour Scotland’s hidden army of carers at Celtic Connections concert line up announced

Monday, 23 December 2013

Organisers behind a special concert in January for people in Scotland who play a caring role have today announced a uniquely Scottish line up.
The Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and Regular Music with Celtic Connections are delighted to confirm a range of home grown talents will come together to celebrate the lives of many of the 660,000 carers in Scotland and those who support them.  

On Monday 20th January, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall will play host to Scottish favourites  In alphabetical order…Admiral Fallow, Eddi Reader, Emma Pollock ,Horse McDonald, Hue & Cry Little Fire, Siobhan Wilson.
Plus more special guests to be announced
for the ‘Letters, Life and Love Stories’ Concert, which forms part of the Celtic Connections Calendar for 2014.
The concert will be accompanied by a reception at which the Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon will address an assembly of specially invited guests including carers and inspirational professionals and volunteers who play a part in their journeys.

The idea of the concert came from a meeting with Tommy Whitelaw of the ALLIANCE, Mark Mackie from Regular Music and Celtic Connections  Festival Director Donald Shaw where Tommy shared some of the letters and spoke about ways they could be brought to life by music.

Tommy Whitelaw, who worked for 20 years in the music industry, spent the last five years caring for his mum Joan who had dementia. He started a campaign, ‘Tommy on Tour’ to raise awareness, gathering letters from carers. Now as Project Engagement Lead with the ALLIANCE’s Dementia Carer Voices Project, he speaks to carer groups, health and social care professionals and students as well as key decision-makers who have influence over the lives of people affected by dementia.”

Tommy Whitelaw said

“Over the last few years I have seen the amazing lengths that carers go to through love as well as the transformational impact that special people can have on the carer journey. This event is the perfect opportunity to say thanks to these inspirational people for the role that they play.”  
Irene Oldfather Programme Director ALLIANCE Scotland
“We are delighted to work together with Regular Music and Celtic Connections to put on this unique concert to celebrate the lives of those who play a caring role
The concert and reception will reach out to inspirational individuals and groups, asking them to tell us about their journey caring for a loved one, and the motivation behind their caring role..”
·         Celtic Connections, Glasgow’s annual folk, roots and world music festival,  celebrates Celtic music and its connections to cultures across the globe. Between 17th January – 3rd February 2013, 2,100 musicians from around the world will descend on Glasgow and bring the city to life for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, and free events.

·         Regular Music Ltd are one of Scotland’s leading Music Promoters www.regularmusic.com