The 100% Real Bothy Project: Bothy Ballads

100% Real Bothy: Bothy Ballads Project

Fife Cultural Trust’s 100% Real Bothy Project is being extended to include a new traditional music element and develop a tour of new work inspired by the Bothy Stories gathered in communities across Fife. In partnership with Glow Arts, Fife Cultural Trust recruited three songwriters for the Bothy Ballads project, these are David Francis, Mairi Campbell and Findlay Napier. The trio started work in March 2014 and have been busy creating new songs, you can here some of them at the Real Bothy soundcloud page.


The 100% Real Bothy project invites the public to engage with artwork and animation, and to share their own stories and life experiences within the ‘Bothy’ installation space, created by three artists.  The Bothy Ballads will commission two songwriters to create new traditional style songs inspired by these tales which will be toured round 10 festivals and venues across Fife by the songwriters and house band throughout 2014 and early 2015. In addition a songbook of the songs and illustrations related to the Bothy Ballads and 100% Real Bothy Projects will be created. See the Fife Cultural Trust website for more details of 100% Real Bothy Project.

We are seeking two songwriters to create new traditional style songs ‘Bothy Ballads’ from the tales collected from the 100% Bothy Project. The songwriters will engage with participants and artists in development sessions as part of the research for the new songs, in addition each songwriter will introduce existing songs inspired by the local area to the participants. It is anticipated that up to 16 new songs will be produced.
The songs will be toured round the following Festivals in Fife which songwriters must be available to attend & perform at the following events:
Rothes Halls: May 2014
Newburgh Festival – 31st May 2014
Falkland – June & July 2014
Crail Arts Festival – late July 2014
Duloch Library: July 2014
Pittenweem Festival – Saturday 2nd August 2014
Kirkcaldy Museum & Gallery – October/ November 2014
Cambo Festival – February 2015
In addition we require songwriters to be available for the launch of the Bothy Ballads project at Cambo Snowdrop Festival – 12th and/ or 16th February 2014.
Applicants must:
Demonstrate a high level of skill in songwriting and excellent knowledge of traditional song and music.
Demonstrate experience of working with individuals and communities to develop new material.
An interest in the communities of Fife and music.
Demonstrate their experience of working with musicians to arrange and create new songs.
Deadline: 24th January 2014
Selection of Songwriters: 25th January to 6th February 2014.
Project Launch at Cambo Snowdrops Festival: 12th & 16th February 2014.
Development Sessions: March 2014-May 2014.
Festival Performances: May 2014-February 2015.

£150 per day per songwriter plus reasonable travel costs for development sessions and commission up to a total of 25 days (Up to £3750).  Additional fees for festivals and venue performances.

How to apply
Fife Cultural Trust and Glow Arts is inviting submissions from songwriters from across Scotland to submit applications for consideration.
To be considered for this piece of work, please submit:
A brief proposal of how you would approach the task (maximum 500 words)
Your CV (maximum 3 sides of A4)
Maximum 3 supporting songs to demonstrate your previous experience of similar work. Recordings should be either sent as through dropbox or to the Glow Arts soundcloud dropbox.
Submissions should be emailed to no later than 6pm Monday 24th January 2014.
Funded by Creative Scotland, Fife Cultural Trust.