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Thank You Scotland: RM Hubbert

Following the release of a short film commissioned by the National Lottery highlighting the breadth and depth of arts funding in Scotland, over the next ten weeks we’ll be sharing the rest of the series of films that look a bit closer at some of the featured projects and people who’ve received support.

Today’s film features one of Scotland’s most prolific musicians and winner of the 2013 Scottish Album of the Year (SAY) Award RM Hubbert, who was awarded £6,000 National Lottery funding through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund to support the recording of his latest album ‘Telling the Trees’.

Watch the film:

The album sees RM Hubbert collaborating with a wide array of established and emerging female musicians including fellow SAY Award winner Kathryn Joseph, Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnances), Karine Polwart, Martha Ffion and Sarah J Stanley (aka HQFU). A diagnosis of chronic depression in 2005 had a profound influence on Hubbert’s music, with the musician writing in 2013: “I write, record and perform music for one reason these days. It is therapy to me.” Collaboration, as originally explored in 2013’s SAY Award winning ‘Thirteen Lost and Found’ and now in ‘Telling the Trees’, provides an opportunity for Hubbert to connect with people through music, reacquaint with old friends and make some new ones.

Released through legendary Scottish record label Chemikal Underground in April 2016, ‘Telling the Trees’ has gone on to receive widespread critical acclaim with The Line of Best Fit naming it Album of the Week and claiming “The mission behind the music adds a rich purpose that will mean much, to many” and The Quietus calling it “some of the most unexpected and exciting work Hubby has ever made”.

RM Hubbert, said: “I got funding from Creative Scotland to make my new album Telling The Trees. I’m sure I speak for many, many people that have received funding. These projects probably wouldn’t happen otherwise.”

Listen to collaboration with Kathryn Joseph, 'The Dog' from 'Telling the Trees':

Find out more about the other projects featured in the National Lottery film, we’ll be sharing a closer look at some of these projects over the next ten weeks.

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