Congratulations to Graham Rorie who has been nominated in Original Work of the Year sponsored by PRS for Music in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Graham Rorie of Graham Rorie the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
I am an Orcadian fiddle and mandolin player based in Glasgow. Since graduating from the Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2018, I have been working across a range of roles including performance, composition, session recording and producing.
My latest project has been bringing together a selection of Glasgow based musicians to present a suite of newly-composed music inspired by my fellow Orcadians who travelled to Northern Canada to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company during the 18th and 19th centuries. The premier of this new work took place at Celtic Connections 2020 with a sold-out headline featuring collaborations with Quebec’s Le Vent Du Nord. I have been working on a new album of this music over the last few months which will be released in Spring 2021.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
I was lucky enough to receive fiddle lessons for free at school in Orkney with the exceptional tutor, Douglas Montgomery. Over 10 years of lessons we worked at classical repertoire alongisde more traditional music. Having that balance of technical guidance and knowledge of traditional repertoire helped nurture my love of music in general which then became more focused on folk music when I moved to Glasgow to study at the Royal Conservatoire. On arrival in Glasgow, I teamed up with Aidan Moodie (who I’d worked with for many years in Orkney already) and we formed ‘Gnoss’ as a means of supplementing our studies. Working with the band (now also featuring Connor Sinclair and Craig Baxter) has helped cement my passion for not only traditional/folk music itself but a love of performing, touring and recording it. It is a very special community that I’m honoured to be a part of.
Any particular career highlights?
There have been loads over the years. I have been lucky enough to appear at some amazing festivals around the world including Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France) and Celtica Valle D’Aosta (Italy) with Gnoss and Celtic Colours (Canada) with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
The premier of ‘The Orcadians of Hudson Bay’ was a very special night and really spurred me on to create the album too. To collaborate with some of my favourite ever musicians working on music I had composed myself was a total treat.
If I have to pick one it would be co-directing the Orkney Folk Festival’s “The Gathering: Generations” firstly at the Orkney Folk Festival then at the Old Fruit Market during Celtic Connections 2019. It was a massive honour to curate that incarnation of the series and the Celtic Connections show was a night to remember!
What are your plans for the future?
I will be releasing ‘The Orcadians of Hudson Bay’ in spring 2021 which is very exciting. We will also be releasing a new Gnoss album next year which will (fingers crossed) be accompanied with a launch tour of sorts. I am also delighted to be a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition with the final to be held in January.
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The MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Na Trads 2020, will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on 12th December 2020 at 9pm where the award winners will be announced along with specially recorded music performances. During the day on Saturday the 12th, you will be able to watch from 1pm til 9pm a day of live Scottish trad music including Kinnaris Quintet, Dallahan, Inyal, Paul McKenna Band, Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth and many more here https://youtu.be/amByvVzxl5E. Keep up to date with all the latest information by joining the Hands Up for Trad newsletter at https://handsup.link/Newsletter or use the hashtags #natrads #HUFTonline.
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