Coldingham accordionist Ewan Galloway can tick one major box on his to do list after he and his band appeared on BBC Scotland’s ‘Take The Floor’ .
The show is a much sought after slot for many traditional music aficionados and it’s been an ambition of Ewan’s to make an appearance on it since his music career started to flourish with the release of his debut album a few years ago.
Things have gone from strength to strength for Ewan, so although the man himself was shocked when the ‘Take The Floor’ invite came, to those who have followed his progress and bought his CDs, it came as little surprise.
Ewan and his band’s Radio Scotland hit the airwaves on June 15 but it was actually three weeks prior to the broadcast that their session was recorded.
“Walking into the BBC studios in Glasgow, never mind appearing on a show I’ve always wanted to appear on was fantastic,” Ewan enthused.
“It was an amazing experience for all of us.
“Being in a studio like that was completely different to recording an album. It’s not like making a CD where you can edit things as many times as you want until you’re happy with it.
“We did a lot of practicing before the recording and we recorded it in around three hours.”
Ewan admitted that after waiting a good few years for a ‘Take The Floor’ opportunity, he had a real taste for it and didn’t want to wait quite as long for his next big studio experience.
And who could blame him? As soon as the band’s session was broadcast, Radio Scotland had feedback from all over the world including California and Holland saying they ‘played traditional music the way it should be played’.
And ‘Take The Floor’ presenter Robbie Shepherd has been back in touch with Ewan to say he’d made “a fine debut.”
“I was in Inverness when the show went out on air but when I got home I’d had letters of congratulations through the door and emails from people and messages on Facebook to say well done.
“To get the feedback we did was amazing and it’s made me want to do it all over again.
“I recently got some recording equipment as a present so I’m hoping to make some more CDs.
“I’m really keen to do some live recordings so that people in Coldingham can get to hear my shows in Inverness .
Speaking of gigs further afield, Ewan has one lined up this week.
He and his band will perform at the Arbroath Music Festival and are one of only six acts chosen to perform at the event’s Grand Dance.