The 2020 semi-finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award were announced last Wednesday on BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk programme. As ever the semi-finals are full of 12 instrumentalists and singers from all round the country. They are:
Calum McIlroy – Guitar, Mandolin, Scots song (Aberdeenshire)
Savannah Donohoe – flute (Ireland)
Eddie Seaman Pipes/Whistles (Edinburgh)
Ciorstaidh Chaimbeul – accordion (Skye)
Scott Figgins – Highland Bagpipes (Irvine)
John Dew – Highland Bagpipes (Crieff)
Padruig Morrison – Accordion (Uist)
Josie Duncan – Voice (Lewis)
Cameron Nixon – Voice (Aberdeen)
Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul – Voice (Skye)
Alexander (Ali) Levack – Whistles, Bagpipes (Dingwall)
Mhairi Mackinnon – Fiddle (Perthshire)
If you would like to attend the semi-finals they will be held in Coulter Hall, Coulter, South Lanarkshire on the 23rd November at 7.30pm.
The semi-finalists will stay in Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire where they will rehearse with accompanists Mhairi Hall and Michael Bryan and take part in workshops about aspects of the music business.
Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk/youngtrad