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McGinn Awards 2003
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The Matt Mc Ginn Tribute and Awards - Performers


Shane MacGowan has been writing and performing music for 25 years. From the headlining days of The Pogues through to today’s solo career, Shane has always been keen to display his celebration of music in its many forms. “A man loved by millions” - his legacy as a songwriter is assured. The abiding testament to his creative genius is ‘A Fairytale of New York’ which became a Christmas anthem.

 Horse - “a voice you thought you would only hear in the closing moments of your life”. Horse is an incredibly passionate performer. She wows everyone with her warmth and humour but mostly “that” voice. She has sung from simple a cappella to full band and orchestra. She has travelled widely in the U.S., Holland, Germany and the U.K. and also supported artists such as BB King, Tina Turner and more recently, Bryan Ferry, Burt Baccarach and the Indigo Girls.


Gary Lewis first got involved in drama in Easterhouse with a contemporary of Matt’s, the late Freddie Anderson. He tried out a series of jobs, many of them duff, before re-launching himself as an unemployed actor. Theatre work followed. His film work includes: ‘Orphans’, ‘Billy Elliot’ and Gangs of New York. As a nipper his granddad took him to the launch of the QE2.

 David Hayman - a multi-award winning actor, director and film maker. David has made nearly 30 films and is currently starring as Chief Superintendent Mike Walker in Linda La Plante’s ‘Trial and Retribution’. In 1998 Glasgow awarded him the ‘Lord Provost’s Gold Medal for Services to the Performing Arts’. In 2001 he founded an international children’s relief agency called ‘Spirit Aid’. As Head of Operations, David has travelled to Kosovo and Afghanistan identifying projects including ‘The Children of the Rubble’ appeal - returning to distribute aid from funds raised.


Phamie Gow - graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, is internationally known for the originality of her compositions and the virtuosity of her clarsach playing. Having performed in Britain and Europe, composed for film and theatre and conducted workshops and master classes in schools of music and conservatoires in France, her immediate engagements include festivals in Britain and performances with her 5-piece band in France, Italy, Spain and Australia. Phamie has released 2 CD’s - ‘Winged Spirit’ and ‘Lammermuir’. Phamie is recognised as ‘one of Scottish music’s most exciting young talents’. As recognition of her success playing the harp, composing and as a pianist, Her Majesty the Queen has invited her to the Palace of Holyrood to the Royal Garden Party in May.


Partick Beat - in “Mainstreaming the Arts” Partick Beat wish to encourage people to experience music and rhythm from all over the world. By providing drumming workshops they meet the needs of various community based groups. The “heartbeat” rhythm of the drumming encourages people to express themselves in a way no other medium has the capacity to achieve. It’s calming, soothing or awakening - it works as a means of communication for those with sensory impairment.
 Eddie Allan was born in Anderston, Glasgow in 1951. “I worked in a variety of jobs, none of which were good for my health. I now have emphysema; that’s why I started writing poems. All my poems are from personal experiences and events that really strike a chord with me.” A long-term family friend, Pat Reilly, read his poems and decided to take a chance with his Superscott Publications and published them in a book which is now a bestseller. “All of poems speak for themselves and I dedicate each poem to those concerned”

 Dave Anderson - born and raised in Rutherglen, Dave has been writing and performing forever. “Matt McGinn was a big influence in the early years because of his readiness to address anything he fancied”. Dave has worked as an actor on stage, films and TV and is probably best known as the laconic bank manager in the BBC sitcom ‘City Lights’. Look out for Dave in the West End Festival production of ‘Stardust - the Hogy Carmichael Story’ in June.


Des McLean - bursting on to the scene in 1999, Des has capitalised on his Glaswegian roots and launched himself upon an unsuspecting public. His meteoric rise to prominence on the Scottish circuit ahs only been bettered by success in competitions, television and radio performances. He has performed the length and breadth of Britain and will be performing his new one-man show - ‘Des McLean One Man Show Off’ throughout the city during the Glasgow International Comedy Festival.

 Charlie Boyle - ‘the quiet man’ started playing side drum at the age of 8 with the Maghery Flute Band and within a year was the drummer with the Neillie Boyle Band. Moving from Ireland to the Gorbals 40 years ago, Charlie’s father suddenly died within a year and his family formed a band and played the showband circuit over the years. Charlie has been working in association with Celtic Voices on a Celtic charity project for cancer research. The track is called ‘Tomorrow Belongs To Me’ and was recorded live at 5.00 am in the studio.


 St Francis of Assisi Primary School Choir. Based in Baillieston, St Francis of Assist primary is a bright, open-plan school. Led by Agnes Smith, the choir has been a tradition within the school since it opened 24 years ago and has performed in many community events, church services and fundraisers. A large number of former pupils have gone on to work within the music industry.


 Frances Healy - born and brought up in Limerick City, Frances has just come back from Ireland where she was filming Corner Café for RTE. Having trained in Trinity College, Dublin, Frances went on tour in Tazmania with ‘Alone It Stands’ - a very successful play about rugby. Frances has appeared in a number of plays and films including playing the role of Sister Jude in the Peter Mullen film the ‘Magdalene Sisters’.

 

 Samantha Seth - 13 year old Samantha has been singing since ever she can remember with her first actual TV performance aged 9 on the Big Breakfast. Other TV appearances include: Tricia, This Morning, children in Need, CBBC, That’s Esther and Scotland Today. Samantha has performed around Britain in prestigious theatres and venues including the London Palladium and Wembley Arena with acts such as Westlife, Atomic Kitten and Russell Watson. At present she is recording an album which is an eclectic mix of pop songs delivering a fusion of dance and acoustic productions some of which she has written herself. Samantha is thrilled to perform tonight honouring such a great Scot.
 Mary Kiani - ‘Scotland’s dance diva’ or so they call me.... I’ve been around the Glasgow music scene for many years as a successful session singer/backing vocalist for many top names touring the UK and all over America. In 1990, I sang for a Glasgow rave band ‘The Time Frequency’. We notched up 2 top 30’s and 1 top 10 in the national charts. This lead to my own solo deal with Mercury Records. For the next 10 years I had another 8 top 40’s. I travelled to Australia in 1996 where I met Steve Peach (songwriter & producer) and where I have been writing and producing my own material for a wonderful new album. 2002 saw the birth of my baby daughter ‘Summer’ and it also gave birth to the Sunshine Choir.
The choir appear on the Frankie Miller tribute album singing backing vocals for Billy Connelly, Fish and myself.


 Patrick Rolink is a new comedian to join the circuit during the recent renaissance in Scottish Stand Up. In the past year Patrick has performed at venues ranging from the Buzz Club in Manchester to Jongleurs in Glasgow, with a wee stint at the comedy Cellar in Dublin in between. Patrick has no doubt that Matt McGinn’s influence on the Scottish comedy Circuit is still strong today and says he is delighted to honour the great man by taking part tonight.
 
 Cameron Brothers - John and Wallace Cameron form this highly and respected talented duo. Instrumentation includes guitar, banjo and mandolin along with strong vocals and harmonies producing an exciting, powerful and passionate sound. Their repertoire is extensive and consists of excellent instrumental set and some of the best and most popular traditional folk songs. Whether playing at home or abroad, their performance is aimed squarely at entertaining their audiences and they seldom miss.
The McCluskey Brothers, Ken and David, once the driving force behind chart topping pop group The Bluebells with hits such as ‘Young at Heart’, ‘Cath’ and ‘I’M Falling’, branched out to follow their own musical projects in 1987. Releasing 4 albums on their own Independent label and travelling widely, the boys met with much critical acclaim and won prestigious awards at “mayfest” as well as playing live for Nelson Mandela at George Square when he was in town to collect the ‘key to the city’ honour. 2001 saw the release of their ‘Housewives Choice’ CD on the Linn Recording label which is a compilation of the McCluskey Brothers most popular works to date.
   
 
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The Mc Ginn AwardsCeremony 31st. May. 2003

The Annual McGinn Awards will celebrate the life and works of one of Glasgow's favourite sons., the legendary Matt McGinn. In recognising the talents of this world renowned writer/folk artist, awards will be given in six categories. The winners of these awards will have the oppertunity to record their work under the banner of "Roots 2 The Future" Along with the City Wide Awards there will be an international flavour to the event to mirror Glasgow's unique multicultural make-up leading up to the awards ceremony itself. There will be four nominees in each of the six catagories, as follows;-


1) Best Newcomer
2) Bard Of The Year
3) Community Commendation
4) Lifetime Achievement Award.


A panel of judges will be formed from the world of the popular arts, t.v. media, literature along with politicians and representatives from community groups.
 
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