A tune a day keeps Oban musician focused

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An Oban musician has created a significant new addition to the Scottish traditional music repertoire.

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.

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.

‘I feel I have grown as a musician during this whole process,’ he told us.

‘I learned to trust my instinct and not to overthink things.’

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

Last week Volume One was longlisted, along with 19 other albums, for the Scottish Album of the Year Award 2019 but unfortunately did not make the shortlist.

Aidan, who grew up in Soroba and Seil performed alongside Robertson at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month.