Congratulations to Roo and Neil who has been nominated in Up and Coming Artist of the Year sponsored by Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2022. Vote for Roo and Neil now!. It’s going to be another great night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Sunday 4th December in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Why not join us for a brilliant night of music and awards. Buy a ticket here.
We asked Ruairidh of Roo and Neil the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
Roo Geddes and Neil Sutcliffe combine their shared experience across Classical, Folk and Jazz to create original music for violin and accordion. Based in Glasgow, they explore the ways in which music can evoke senses of place and community.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
We've been raised surrounded by Scottish music for our whole lives, we have found a voice in many of the styles of music which call Scotland their home.
Any particular career highlights?
In 2020 during the first Covid-19 lockdown, Roo and Neil were selected as winner of Fèis Rois’ “In Tune with Nature” competition. The following year, the duo was awarded the prestigious ‘Danny Kyle Award’ from Celtic Connections. This year, Roo and Neil released their debut album 'Homelands' and have been busy touring the country performing this work. The pair also work regularly with Live Music Now Scotland.
What are your plans for the future?
We aim to continue to write and perform new music which challenges us as musicians and goes deeper into the explorations of our writing.
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The 2022 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are back to normal on the 4th December 2022! You will be able to watch it live in person (buy a ticket here),Watch it live in the UK at 9pm (GMT) on BBC ALBA and and around the world here. Bands performing on Sunday 4th December include Elephant Sessions, Fara, Trip, Eryn Rae Trio, The Auldeners, Gordon Shand Scottish Dance Band, Irish Minstrels, Tayside Young Fiddlers, and a James Alexander Tribute.
If you would like to support Hands Up for Trad in their work with Scottish trad music and musicians why not become a friend of Hands Up for Trad. In addition to our high profile events like the Scots Trad Music Awards, we also deliver a less well known, education programme for young people from 8yrs right through to young adults at the start of their careers. Read more here.