Born in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, Michael Spencer studied composition with Graham Hair at the University of Glasgow where he received an MA in Music and Scottish Literature. Between 1997 and 2002, he completed a MusM and PhD in Composition with Geoff Poole at Manchester University. Since 1998 he has worked privately with James Dillon, on whose work he has published two articles. In 2003, he received a stipend to attend the International Summer Course for Composers at Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, where he worked with Chaya Czernowin, Steve Takasugi and Richard Barrett. He has given talks and seminars on his own music and other aspects of new music in France and the USA as well as around the UK.



Alastair Savage: Fiddle Music of Scotland @ Hyndland Community Hall, Glasgow
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm
Part of the West End Festival 2017
£10 entry, payable at door ( includes complimentary glass of wine)

Alastair follows his critically acclaimed album “Alone With History”, with a collaborative celebration of the magical Scots fiddle tradition. Featuring Euan Drysdale (guitar/piano), Iain Crawford (double bass), Eddie McGuire (Flute) and Ewan Robertson (whistle).

“A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish Traditional music”,(Keith Bruce, The Herald).

“Spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery”, (Tim Carroll, Folkwords).

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Alastair Savage-fiddle, Euan Drysdale- guitar/piano, Iain Crawford- double bass, Eddie McGuire-flute,
Ewan Robertson- whistle.
John Maxwell Geddes: Prelude on French @ St Brides Episcopal Church, Hyndland
Jun 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

The Director of Music of Paisley Abbey and Honorary Patron of the St Bride’s Organ Restoration Appeal, George McPhee, gives this special recital in support of the Organ Fund. The 1865 Hill organ will be removed very soon after this recital, for complete restoration. Admission: £10 (under-16s free), includes glass of wine. All proceeds go to the Organ Fund. There will be a wine reception following the recital. See for more information.

Alastair Savage: Kirkmichael Parish Church @ Kirkmichael Parish Church, Maybole
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm

Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert of Scots fiddle music old and new in the picturesque village of Kirkmichael in rural Ayrshire.

Tickets available on the door.

Dave Arcari: Almost Blue Festival @ Bar15, Dundee
Jun 30 @ 8:30 pm
Dave Arcari: Almost Blue Festival @ Clarks, Dundee
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm
Alastair Savage: Cathedral of the Isles @ Cathedral of the Isles, Millport
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm

Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert in the wonderful setting of the Cathedral Of the Isles. Featuring Scots fiddle melodies ancient and modern.

Tickets available on the door.

Elena Piras: Purbeck Folk Club @ Langton Matravers Village Hall, Swanage
Jul 6 @ 8:00 pm
Dave Arcari @ Rebuild Festival @ Catton Hall, South Derbyshire
Jul 8 all-day
Tom Harrold: Keeper of the Coast @ JAM Festival, Kent
Jul 15 all-day
Tom Harrold: Voice of Vimy @ Jam on the Marsh
Jul 15 all-day

JAM on the Marsh is an annual multi-arts festival built around Kent’s magnificent Romney Marsh and its famous medieval churches. Each year JAM on the Marsh crosses the Romney Marsh from Dungeness to Hythe and Lympne to New Romney. The Marsh churches are true beacons of culture and history; they are the heart of the festival.

The role of Curator is an important one in how JAM on the Marsh is programmed. The position of Curator can only be held by a person for two years. This ensures that the festival is ever-developing and continuously changing. Curators to date have included the internationally renowned composers, Judith Bingham and Paul Mealor and for 2017 / 18 the organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey).


JAM on the Marsh 2017 Thursday 6th – Sunday 16th July.  JAM on the Marsh 2017 will be curated by the internationally renowned organist and conductor, Daniel Cook (Westminster Abbey). Music will feature strongly with performances by BBC Singers and London Mozart Players, David Rees-Williams Trio and Mousai Singers. BBC Singers will give the world premiere of a Festival Commission commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge by Tom Harrold and Stuart Beatch, to words by Grahame Davies. There are art exhibitions including: John Doyle, mixed media artist, Jillian Bain Christie and photography exhibitions by: Tristan Fewings, Susan Pilcher and the students of the Marsh Academy. Shakespeare features prominently with performances of Hamlet by Changeling Theatre and A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Pantaloons. There will also be poetry recitals, chlidren’s events, churches tours and much, much more! Full details to be released soon…