Congratulations to Rua Macmillan 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 here! Vote now!
We asked Rua Macmillan of Rua Macmillan the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Hailing from Nairn, Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers. Having graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Scottish Music from the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and being awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua has toured extensively under his own name throughout Europe and North America, inlcuding performances at some of the world’s most prominent Folk Festivals, including Celtic Connections (Sco), Cambridge (Eng), Ortigeuira (Spn), and Winnipeg (Can). His debut album, ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX346) was voted instrumental album of the year in the Fatea Awards, and was picked by Songlines Magazine as a ‘Top of the World’ album.
In 2014, Rua Joined the multi-award winning Blazin Fiddles. In addition to touring with the band, Rua also helps organise their annual winter school, Blazin in Beauly, which sees in excess of 120 students from around the world attend a week long course.
Rua is also in great demand as a tutor, and currently holds posts with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Folk Workshop, Stirling Y.M.I project, and runs a successful private teaching practice. Rua is often invited to teach internationally at camps throughout Europe and North America.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Having been immersed in traditional music from a young age, it’s always been a huge part of my life. Whether performing or teaching, it’s humbling to be a part of an ever-evolving tradition – not to mention the sense of community and great craic too!
Any particular career highlights?
As a performer, playing Glasgow’s Barrowlands was a phenomenal experience, as was Celtic Colours Festival (CAN)!
As a teacher, helping a student develop a love for music is always a joy – when they master that new tune or technique, or discover an exciting new band or player for the first time…
What are your plans for the future?
Continuing to share our music, both on and off the stage!
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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