A local MSP was delighted to host a performance by the North East Folk Collective at the Scottish Parliament yesterday. Christian Allard MSP invited guests to listen to the group play and raise the profile of traditional music from the North East.

North East Folk Collective is an advanced performing group associated with Gadie Music that play traditional music from both the North East of Scotland and other world music traditions.

The collective is a voluntary initiative that was formed in 2009 by local fiddler Sharon Hassan to encourage young people to play the traditional music and songs of the North East. Volunteers give up their time to tutor other musicians and their efforts are driven by their love of music and desire to pass on skills and knowledge to younger generations.

Mr Allard submitted a motion to Parliament to highlight the group and was joined at the performance by local SNP MSPs including Aberdeenshire West MSP Dennis Robertson, Aberdeen South and North Kincardine MSP Maureen Watt and Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart. Stirlingshire group No More Cages joined the North East Folk Collective with a performance at yesterday's event.

Christian Allard MSP said:

"It has been a great pleasure to welcome the North East Folk Collective to the Parliament to perform for us.

"It is fantastic to see so many young people dedicated nd engaged in the traditional folk music of the North East and beyond.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Sharon Hassan for agreeing to bring the group down to Edinburgh and for all the hard work that she has put in over the last 4 years to ensure that the youngsters continue to have a chance to play music, develop their skills, and most of all enjoy what they are doing."

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