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20 April 2012

Agile restrospective, the last 10 years

Here is a slideshare presentation I gave on 19th April 2012 at the Agile Westminster Conference. A ten year retrospective on agile on behalf of the BCS Agile Specialist Group of which I am a committee member.

The presentation immediately preceding was particularly interesting for me, given by Andrew Craddock, technical director of the DSDM Consortium. He spoke about DSDM Agile Project Framework for Scrum™. This is a brand new White Paper that describes how DSDM's Agile focus on project organisation, structure and governance complements the recognised team-focussed product delivery Agility of Scrum.

Link to Full conference agenda

Embdedded slideshare presentation:

01 April 2012

Joy Dunlop and Twelfth Day Concerts

Joy Dunlop and Twelfth Day
Scottish Women: A 21st Century Song Cycle

Fiere is a unique collaboration between Gaelic singer Joy Dunlop and Scottish fiddle and harp duo Twelfth Day exploring the lives, loves and experiences of women in Scotland.  Using poems by female Scottish writers, they create a collection of new songs in English, Gaelic and Scots, showcasing the creative output of Scottish women through fresh and innovative compositions.

Drawing from a mixture of Gaelic and English texts, Fiere (a Scots word for companion or friend) includes poetry from a wide range of writers including Jackie Kay, Liz Lochhead and Morag Montgomery.  The project also features a traditional Gaelic waulking song and a poem by Sheila McLeod especially commissioned for the project.

The project will be released as an album in March 2012 as part of a UK spring tour. 
Full tour dates are:

23rd March 2012 – St Andrew’s in the Square, Glasgow
24th March 2012 – Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh (13:30 start)
24th March 2012 – Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
25th March 2012 – The Reel, Kirkwall, Orkney
26th March 2012 – Sandwick Hall, Sandwick, Orkney
27th March 2012 – Hoy Kirk, Hoy, Orkney
28th March 2012 – Hootananny, Inverness
29th March 2012 – Little Dunkeld Kirk, Dunkeld
30th March 2012 - Church of the Holy Saviour, Tynemouth, Newcastle
31st March 2012 – Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
1st   April    2012 – The Slaughtered Lamb, London

Follow the link for a preview of one of the songs featured in Fiere:

About Joy Dunlop  

Mòd Gold Medalist Joy Dunlop was nominated as ‘Gaelic Singer of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2010 and 2011 and also won the Fatea ‘Tradition Award” in 2010. Her critically acclaimed solo album “Dùsgadh” (Awakening) won the ‘Roots Recording’ Awards at the 2011 Scots New Music Awards and in addition to regularly touring the UK, Ireland, Canada and New        Zealand, she is a frequent face in Gaelic broadcasting.

About Twelfth Day
Twelfth Day are at the forefront of innovative, modern British folk music.  With a fresh, open minded approach to song and tune writing, the duo create an entirely unique sound, interweaving masterful fiddle and harp playing with beautifully harmonised vocals in stylish and dynamic arrangements.  From opposite ends of Scotland, Orcadian Catriona Price (fiddle/vocals) and Esther Swift (harp/vocals) released their highly acclaimed debut album Northern Quarter in July 2010.  Twelfth Day have toured widely in the UK and Ireland and in 2009, their track 'Fare Thee well' was selected by Channel 4 to be used in a short film by the makers of the hit show Skins.

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