Sophie Joint from Bearsden, Glasgow is a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2022. The finals will be held at Celtic Connections Festival on 6th February 2022 at 5pm. Buy a ticket here or listen live on BBC Radio Scotland.
We asked Sophie the following questions:
How did you get involved in traditional music?
I was introduced to traditional music through RCS Juniors, with amazing tutors such as James Ross, Lynsey Tait and Lauren MacColl. I found a passion for playing music in a band setting and spent every Saturday studying theory, harmony and learning new tunes. It was the highlight of my week and this inspired me to apply for the traditional music undergrad course and pursue a career in music.
Why did you enter BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award?
I entered the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award because it’s an amazing platform that allows me to share my music. As a pianist, I love performing as an accompanist but I don’t often get the opportunity to play solo, this competition gives me the chance to play with brilliant musicians and showcase myself as a solo pianist as well as an accompanist. I also thought it was a great opportunity to get to meet new musicians and I’ve met some hugely talented people who I’d love to collaborate with in the future.
Who has been the biggest inspiration/influence on your music-making and why?
There was always music in my house growing up, my parents were very supportive and encouraging of me and my sisters playing instruments and singing. We played a lot together as a family, and I am very lucky to have been given so many music lessons growing up. My biggest inspiration would have to be my piano tutor from the age of 12, James Ross. I have always looked up to him as he is a fantastic composer and instrumentalist. He always encouraged me to be imaginative and hone my creativity and I wouldn’t be where I am today without his endless support and guidance.
Are there any moments in your career so far that you particularly cherish and why?
In 2019, I had the amazing experience of performing at the Celtic Colours Festival in Canada with a group led by Jenn Butterworth from the RCS. I got to play alongside so many incredible musicians, and I learnt so much from everyone there. Another highlight would have to be winning The Molloy Award at Birmingham TradFest with Breanna Wilson, who is also a finalist. We had an amazing time at the festival and it has led to four great years of performing together.
What are your plans and aspirations for the future?
In the future I hope to do as much touring and live performing as I can, I love travelling to new places and connecting with people through music. I also love teaching piano and definitely plan to have this as part of my career. I am currently recording an EP with my band Harbour Road, and plan to do lots more recording for other projects in 2022.
When you are not playing music what else do you enjoy doing?
I love cooking for my friends and family and spending time outdoors, getting some fresh air and exercise. I also have a part time job working at an After School Club and I really love working with children.
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