The Music Show runs each week part of Dumfries TV.
When we started the creative process Dumfries TV, music seemed to be something that we were all interested in.
As we researched each time period, we all found we were listening to that year on Spotify to try and get us in the mood. It was almost like us stepping back in time. Listening to the music was part of the research journey.
Music is really powerful like that. There is something about a piece of music that can trigger all sorts of emotions or memories. Sometimes a song whispered into my ear at the right time sort of retains all the emotions like the first time I ever heard it.
We’ve experienced that through the festival each year. When we invite an artist to the festival we all get really involved in the artist’s work. We research their discography and we embrace what we think their work is about. It’s amazing what you can learn about social history by listening to the music of that time. I am not sure we necessarily have to be that involved with the artist’s work. It sort of fills us all with a sense of journey really, perhaps makes working so hard to bring a festival to life all the more meaningful.
I’ve always loved live music, and love seeing audiences listening intently to an artist. I almost like the intensity of an artist like Camille O’Sullivan or Eddi Reader asking us to hush as much as I like the crescendo of a banging drum beat like Public Service Broadcasting. I sometimes sit at the back of the Spiegeltent and take stock of time turning around us. I sit back and say this is the time in our history that Keb Mo played in a car park. I marvel at how we are sorting of creating our history in the most inclusive way we can. I mean who doesn’t love music? It sort of unites us all really.
If we consider popular culture and music in particular as a way to tap into the past. It can sort of tell us much more than other types of history. It gives us a clue into the world people found themselves in at the time. The life events like births, deaths, scandals might happen to our individual family, but the soundtrack to them is what is shared between us all.
It is quite clear that Dumfries has a bit of a cool music past, but there is also a lot of heritage around traditional music which creates a sort of fascinating tension. Worlds inside worlds. Worlds colliding. If you heard the skiffle sounds coming out of the Plaza. You would almost certainly have heard the accordions being squeezed at the Hole in the wa! Then what do you call that? SkiffleTrad?
I love that when you blend all of this together to create one massive piece. This all becomes part of our story. Our unique place in the word. Our soundtrack in the universe.
Our first year 1958 has really got me thinking about the kind of singing back then. It wasn’t uncommon for everything to sound like it hard this sort of plummy accent. Pop music might have been popular but it still wasn’t honest enough to be raw. It had this sort of sanitized 50’s like veil over it. Our first episode explores what people would have been listening to.
Join us each week as we give your our Top 5 songs of the year. We will put this out onto our poll each week to find your favourite track of the year.
Graham Main will be presenting the Music Show each week on Dumfries TV with guest artists from all over Dumfries.
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