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Scottish Traditional Music

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — Education and Young People, Tourism, Culture and Sport – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:00 pm on 16th September 2004.

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Photo of Frank McAveety Frank McAveety Labour 2:00 pm, 16th September 2004

We actively support traditional music in Scotland. I assure the member that, in any projects and developments in which we are involved, we want to maximise the opportunities for promoting our indigenous culture, traditions and music. That is why a number of visits that ministers have carried out in the past year or so have involved substantial contributions from traditional musicians, such as those who attended the Smithsonian folklife festival, where the stellar talents that we have in Scotland exhibited their work and went down a real storm, so much so that the Scottish Arts Council produced a wonderful CD—"Scotland the Real: Music from Contemporary Caledonia"—which is an opportunity to profile and maximise the wonderful talents that we have in the country.

We will always be innovative in finding ways of addressing the issue and, if good suggestions are made, we will take them on board. My colleague Andy Kerr and I would be happy to support any appropriate suggestions that can be demonstrated to be good value for money.