Congratulations to Josie Duncan who has been nominated in Music Tutor of the Year sponsored by Creative Scotland Youth Music Initiative in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote now!
We asked Josie Duncan the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Josie Duncan’s original songs were receiving airtime on Radio 2 before she even left university, and by the time she had graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, audiences at festivals all over the world had come to recognise her as a vital figure within Scottish folk music.
The intervening years have led her to become an expert in crafting heart-warming songs which delicately balance traditional idioms and a contemporary outlook.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Coming from the Isle of Lewis, I was encouraged from an early age to learn traditional songs. My mum conducted (and still conducts) a fantastic Gaelic choir and growing up around this music is something I will never take for granted.
Any particular career highlights?
I feel very lucky to have had the chance to travel with music. Festivals such as Celtic Colours and Tønder have been a joy for me. As well as this, performing closer to home has provided me with fantastic opportunities such as playing BBC Proms in the Park, Celtic Connections and being enlisted as a writer for a nation wide production with National Theatre of Scotland.
What are your plans for the future?
I am currently working on a writing commission that I am very excited for in 2021. I hope that the future will provide more chances for travel and connection through music.
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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