Scottish music fans are in for a night of blistering bagpipes, fiddle and accordions this spring, and all for a great cause. The cream of folk talent, including Skerryvore, the band dubbed ‘Runrig for the 21st century’ will be performing at Folk for Autism, a fundraising concert for the National Autistic Society Scotland and Celtic Music Radio.
The concert, taking place on Thursday 21st April 2011 at the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow will be compèred by Mary Ann Kennedy.
David Nicholson, who has Asperger syndrome is one of the event’s organisers. A talented fiddle player, he will be performing at Folk for Autism. David comments: “Folk for Autism will be a brilliant night. I’m hugely touched that some of the best musicians in Scotland are passionate about supporting this cause.
“This condition puts down barriers. But with the right support in place when I need it, I’m committed and determined to strike through those barriers. If I want to be the best musician I can be or set up a fundraising concert, I can.” David (21) is a politics and law student at Stirling University. He was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome when he was 18.
At present 50,000 Scots – one in every hundred – lives on the autism spectrum, known as Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. Some people with autism require a lifetime of care but many on the ‘spectrum’ are able to study, work and take part in the community; they just need help and support at certain points.
Tickets are just £15 (+ booking fee) and are on sale now at online via the Glasgow Concert Hall Box Office or by telephone on 0141 353 8000.
The concert will benefit both Celtic Music Radio and The National Autistic Society Scotland.
Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how a person communicates with, and relates to, other people. It also affects how they make sense of the world around them. It is a spectrum condition, which means that, while all people with autism share certain difficulties, their condition will affect them in different ways. Some people with autism are able to live relatively independent lives but others may have accompanying learning disabilities and need a lifetime of specialist support. People with autism may also experience over- or under-sensitivity to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours.
Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.
The National Autistic Society is the UK’s leading charity for people with autism and their families. Founded in 1962, it continues to spearhead national and international initiatives and provide a strong voice for all people with autism. The NAS provides a wide range of services to help people with autism and Asperger syndrome live their lives with as much independence as possible.