Day 474 - Fanfare For An Uncommon Man

This superb piece of music - and the suitably epic video filmed on Kinnoull Hill - were created and recorded by Owen Nicholson, Adam Bulley and Gordon Baillie for Perth and Kinross Council's Music Service, where they are the guitar tutors.

Designed to showcase the different instruments available within the Service, it was originally due to be performed for the Service’s annual Follow The Band concert in June 2020 at Perth Concert Hall. Unable to stage it again this year, the Service put together a virtual version, for which Adam Bulley created this brilliantly epic video. The piece cleverly splices Aaron Copland’s Fanfare For The Common Man, Eddie Van Halen's Eruption, Ron Grainger’s Doctor Who theme and We Are Number One from Lazy Town, all tunes that were designed to appeal to young people.

The three tutors first met over twenty years ago through Perth College and for the last fifteen years have been working as the guitar team for the Perth and Kinross Instrumental Music Service. Owen Nicholson is one of the country’s finest guitarists and is best-known for his work with Roberto Cassani and The New Madrids*. A massively talented multi-instrumentalist, most notably in his duo with guitarist Chas MacKenzie, Adam Bulley is increasingly gaining recognition as a photographer and film-maker of real distinction too. Prior to teaching for PKC, Gordon Baillie was a music educator for Perth Rock College (UHI) and performs across Scotland with his band Bad Boogaloo.

* The New Madrids' show in the Joan Knight Studio in Perth Theatre has now been rescheduled to Sat Dec 4th. Tickets available here.

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