A tune a day earns Oban man nomination for SAY

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An Oban musician has created a significant new addition to the Scottish traditional music repertoire which is now up for a national award.

Aidan O’Rourke began working on the 365 project after Scottish writer James Robertson set himself the challenge of writing a short story (365 words) every day of the year.

Vote for Aidan here https://www.sayaward.com/

The strange, sprawling collection of fairytales, memories, keen observations and bold provocations was published online, one story per day, through the course of 2014, then published Robertson’s collection as a volume by Penguin as 365:Stories.

Enchanted by the potent atmosphere of James’s tiny prose pieces and intrigued by the notion of an inescapable daily creative ritual, Aidan  – Scottish fiddler, composer and one third of the folk supertrio Lau – decided to write a tune every day in response. The result is a major new body of 365 fiddle tunes.

Highlights have been released on CD as 365: Volume One (May 2019) and 365: Volume Two (released August 9, 2019).

Volume One has now been longlisted, along with 19 other albums, for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019.

The longlisted album that secures the most votes will automatically gain a place on the coveted shortlist and a guaranteed minimum prize of £1,000.

The other nine albums making up the shortlist will be decided by the SAY Award Judging panel, with the shortlist exclusively announced live on BBC Radio Scotland on Thursday, August 15, from 9-10pm.

The SAY Award 72-hour public vote for 2019 is now open and closes at midnight tomorrow (Wednesday, August 14). Anyone who enters the public vote will also be entered into a ballot to win tickets to this year’s SAY Award ceremony, taking place on Friday, September 6 at the Assembly Rooms in the heart of Edinburgh.

Aidan, who grew up in Soroba and Seil performed alongside Robertson at The Edinburgh Book Festival last weekend.