Howe of the Mearns songwriting schools get in tune

Startling and hilarious new songs are currently being written in three Howe of the Mearns schools.

The topics range from a meat pie that survived the sinking of the Titanic to the visit of the Sunset Song film crew this month, through songmaking workshops run by the Ceilidhmakers project.

Ceilidhmakers organiser, noted Scots traditional singer Christine Kydd, explained: “We are helping all the pupils of Redmyre, Fettercairn and Marykirk primaries celebrate in new songs not just the remarkable history of the Mearns and their own communities, but also the topics they are studying.”

“We start with the Great Scots Song Treasure Hunt, created by my colleague Ewan McVicar, to help pupils and teachers engage with the national Scotland’s Songs website he was commissioned to make. Also, our Amazing Mearns Mastermind quiz broadens and deepens their knowledge of the history of their own area.’’

The project is funded and supported by Aberdeenshire Council through Creative Scotland.