Congratulations to Catriona Hawksworth who have been nominated in Composer of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Catriona Hawksworth of Catriona Hawksworth the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Catriona Hawksworth is a contemporary pianist routed in Scottish folk and traditional music. Since graduating with a degree in Folk and Traditional Music from Newcastle University she has thrived in the Glasgow music scene.
Current projects include: HEISK, Kaitlin Ross, Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth, Anna MacDonald, Herland Ceilidh Band and Wisps.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I got involved in traditional music in primary school due to the amazing teaching of Kirsty Cotter and Gillian Frame. Since then I've studied traditional music in Plockton and Newcastle and have now found myself in Glasgow surrounded by lovely musical pals.
Any particular career highlights?
I've had an incredible time performing with my band HEISK this year. We've played at Celtic Connections, Skye Live, Orkney Folk Festival, Solas and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient – they've all been great fun.
What are your plans for the future?
I'm currently developing my honours project from University into a larger show. It's a beautiful combination of storytelling and folk music, hopefully with some interesting visuals too. The show should be on towards the end of next year – so keep an eye out!
If you wish to attend the final ceremony, tickets are are priced £25 (+ Booking Fee), and Concessions are available. To book please call Aberdeen Music Hall Box Office on 01224 641122, or visit: https://www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/whats-on/all-shows/the-mg-alba-scots-trad-music-awards/2734. Bands performing on Saturday 7th December include Skerryvore, Session A9, Benedict Morris (BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Winner 2019), Heisk, Aberdeenshire Youth Band, Sian, Robyn Stapleton, Mairi Campbell and the Pendulum Band, Susan MacFadyen Scottish Dance Band and more to be announced. There will also be a late night ceilidh after the Awards till 1am.
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