If music and arts are, as I believe, the best way to feed the soul, Liza Mulholland’s beautiful writing about her musical adventures - with warmth, laughter, memories, knowledge and a deep love of music – will help fill yours to the brim. Monica Neeling
Although Liza's writing has previously featured in newspapers, journals and in a regular online news site column, Inside Folk, Volume 1: Notes from a Scottish musician's year is her debut book. The first in her Inside Folk series, this collection of vignettes charts a year of music, and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the everyday business of making and enjoying music.
In sharing an insight into her experience as a contemporary Scottish musician, she reflects on elements of a typical year - performing, teaching, travelling, launching an album, juggling gigs and children, listening, composing - and offers a heart-warming illustration of the joys, delights and challenges of playing music for a living.
With a background of a large Glasgow-Irish family of musicians and singers on her father's side and the Gaelic song tradition of her mother's Hebridean heritage, it was perhaps inevitable she would feel the strongest pull towards folk music. Learning piano from a young age, and later accordion, playing and writing music have been life-long passions, and her love of her subject sings off every page.
Liza writes from a place of extensive knowledge and insight, with the kind of warmth, heart and infectious enthusiasm that is sure to chime with music-lovers.
Also available in print and ebook formats at all online book retailers, as well as High Street bookshops.
Look out for Volume 2 coming soon!
Packed with humour, anecdote and thoughtful observation, Notes from a Scottish musician's year is an entertaining exploration of Scottish music. Whether ceilidhing in the hollow trunk of a giant tree at Alasdair Fraser’s Scottish Fiddle School, tutoring with Fèis Rois or Stripping the Willow in Castlebay hall, Liza dances us through a year of her musical life, as well as many past adventures.
Liza Mulholland is ideally placed to give the low-down on the travels, trials and (sometimes) triumphs of a musician's life. Light-hearted and pacy, she captures the hard work, diversity and transendence of a folk artists' environment. Informative and inspirational.
Living Tradition magazine