100 Days of Piano – a Music Sketchbook

I have started 100 days of piano – making something piano related with a wee video and putting on instagram, @jofaustin. 5 days down. Click on the photo caption to see video.

 

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Day 5 – Watching Dolphins

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Thankyou to everyone who helped us reach our kickstarter goal!

With thanks to you, we can now get our new album ‘Cross The Line’ out into the world! We really could not have achieved this without your support and generosity – a massive thankyou from Fara! Here we are at Heb Celt Festival, having just received the good news with a Cheeky Vimto in hand. CHEERS!

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Fara’s new album – Cross The Line – coming soon!

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We’ve nearly finished our album, Cross The Line and we just need a little push to get it finished. Please have a look at our kickstarter page there are rewards which start at a digital download of the album. Thankyou!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/356426711/fara-album-cross-the-line/widget/video.html

 

A beautiful film – Silence of our Alpine

Beautifully shot film by Ross Mackay from Stash Media. It is shot around the mountain Treble Cone Ski Area in New Zealand. I was delighted when he asked if he could used my piece, ‘Maxwell’s Light’. The film has been skill-fully edited so that it mirrors the music really closely.

Maxwell’s Light was originally commissioned by Orkney Science Festival in celebration of the scientist, James Clerk Maxwell and is featured on their Album, “Music for Maxwell“.

I really enjoyed learning more about Maxwell and his accomplishments. I was asked to explore the abstract territory that Maxwell worked in – the territory of darkness and light and of abstract form.

 

 

Strathspey and Surreal live Video from Celtic Connections

21 brilliant fiddlers perform 4 brand new pieces of music at Celtic Connections, conducted by Dave Milligan. Here is the LIVE video of the performance during January 2016. Hope you enjoy the video! The pieces are:

Disassembled by Jenn Austin
100 Days by Aidan O’Rourke
For A That Variation by Shona Mooney
Deil Amang the Fiddlers by Simon Thoumire

I wrote a blog on what my piece, “Disassembled” is all about here

The “Disassembled” whole score can be downloaded below (the piece is in 4 parts)

  1. Dramtime and The Swell in Ardtoe
  2. Disassembled
  3. Little Auk for Mum
  4. Lulu and the Girls of Rumster and Freckles

Wildings Album OUT NOW

Featuring very special guests James Lindsay (double bass), Phil Hague (percussion) and Marissa Waite (bodhran). We couldn’t have done it without the patience and hard work of Angus Lyon at Grans House, Duncan Lyall at Red Deer Studio, Derek O’Neill at Chem19 Recording Studio and Iain Hutchison at GloWormRecording.

Photography and design by Mike Guest Photography & Craig Robertson. Enjoy!

Jennifer, Sarah & Fiona x

Take a look at our shiny new website too designed by the wonderful Rubén Madila and his team at Ollieford&co 

SQUARE STREET COTTAGE : O’Dea’s (trad) / Baltic Square Jig (Julian Sutton) / Nicholas Street (Diarmaid Moynihan) / The Apsley Cottage (Colin Farrell)

GHOST/SCHOTTIS : Ghost Orange (Sarah Hayes) / Kvarnbergschottis (Niklas Roswall)

THE BEGGARMAN (Trad)

THE BELLANY SUITE : The Boat Builders (Fiona MacAskill) / Allegory (Jennifer Austin) / The Box Meeting (Sarah Hayes) / The Burden (Fiona MacAskill) / The Eyemouth Disaster (Sarah Hayes) / Dieppe (Jennifer Austin)

HANDSOME CABIN BOY (Trad)

SKYE SET : The Battle Of Braes (Trad) / An Lasair Beo (Blair Douglas) / Skye Barbecue (Alasdair Fraser)

WILLIE’S WALTZ (Jennifer Austin, bridge Sarah Hayes)

All music arranged by Wildings

Guest musicians:
James Lindsay (double bass)
Phil Hague (percussion)
Marissa Waite (bodhran)

Photography by Mike Guest
Album cover design by Craig Robertson & Mike Guest

Engineered by Angus Lyon at Gran’s House
Percussion engineered by Derek O’Neill at Chem19
Mixed by Duncan Lyall at Red Deer Studio
Mastered by Iain Hutchison at Glo-Worm Studio

I play the piano.

Singing. Never felt very confident in this. Never really had an urge to do it. I also have an extremely bad memory so remembering lyrics doesn’t come easily. I like the piano and like to play.

However, pianos in forests or gardens are hard to come by.

so here I am singing and bluffing online for the world to see in two professional bands.

but it was fun and I’m learning to sing.

Hey kids – bluff until you can do it.