Congratulations to Ross Miller who has been nominated in Album of the Year sponsored by Birnam CD in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2020. Vote here! Vote now!
We asked Ross Miller of Ross Miller the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Ross Miller hails from Linlithgow where he is the official Town Piper. Ross began piping aged 7 and was the Pipe Major of the National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. He studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduating in 2017 with a First Class Honours Degree in Traditional Music – Piping.
On his debut album, ‘The Roke’, Ross has swapped the competition platform for a contemporary sound featuring full band arrangements, some stripped back performances and everything in between. The tunes on this instrumental album are all either Ross’ compositions or his favourite tunes to play and are a reflection of years of hard work honing his skills as a piper and composer. The music ranges from tunes he has played in pipe bands given a new twist to modern Reels and Jigs played with passion and verve.
Co-Produced with Craig Irving, a BBC Young Folk Award winner and former member of Manran and Talisk, Ross assembled a great band for his album. The musicians are some of his favourite to make music with and their input on the album has brought the music and ideas to life. They are: Charlie Stewart (BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017), Rory Matheson (Fara), Callum Edwards (Red Hot Chilli Pipers) and Craig Baxter (Gnoss).
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Growing up, Ross was lucky enough to travel to some great places through his music and showcase Scotland’s rich heritage. That, teamed with his love of performing, meant that it was destined to be his career.
Ross’ love of the Bagpipes began at the age of three when he was infatuated by the pipe bands at his local Gala Day. Determined to join in, Ross hand made a set of pipes out of toilet roll tubes and an Irn-Bru bottle.
Any particular career highlights?
A finalist in the 2019 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year and a Danny Kyle Award Winner at Celtic Connections, Ross has also won the World Pipe Band Championships with Inveraray & District, as well as an array of Solo Piping prizes in his career so far.
Ross has performed in many countries such as: New Zealand, Australia, USA, Ghana, Russia and all over central Europe as well as appearing on BBC Hogmanay Live and performing solo on the roof of Murrayfield Stadium.
What are your plans for the future?
Plans are afoot to take the album on tour in Scotland and further afield. Ross hopes he’ll be able to incorporate workshops for local young people and continue to pass on his knowledge and love of 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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