Congratulations to Louise Hunter who have been nominated in Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2019. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Louise Hunter of Louise Hunter the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Louise Hunter, from Glasgow has been playing fiddle from a young age. With family roots in Donegal and growing up in the vibrant traditional music scene in Glasgow, Louise plays and teaches both Scottish and Irish music. She started learning at her local Comhaltas branch under the guidance of Frank McArdle. Later as a teenager Louise was taught by Liz Doherty, who she would cite as her biggest influence. Louise went on to study music and since graduating with a degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2006 she has been busy teaching and performing. Louise runs her own highly successful fiddle school, The Southside Fiddlers where she currently teaches over one hundred young people
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
A love of the music and the whole scene.
Any particular career highlights?
For me, the highlight is seeing my students develop a real love for traditional music. Playing tunes with them and seeing them excited about playing, listening, attending trad music events, that’s when I know I’m doing my job right!
What are your plans for the future?
Much of the same, encouraging and teaching my students and trying to inspire the next wave of young fiddlers in Glasgow
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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