Congratulations to The Madeleine Stewart Trio 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 2023. Vote for The Madeleine Stewart Trio now!. It’s going to be another great night at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards on Saturday 2nd December in Dundee’s Caird Hall. Why not join us for a brilliant night of music and awards. Buy a ticket here.
We asked Madeleine of The Madeleine Stewart Trio the following questions.
Tell us about yourself
The Madeleine Stewart Trio play traditional music from both sides of the Atlantic, with an energy and enthusiasm for music that brings life to old & new tunes. The trio are Madeleine Stewart (fiddle), Rory Matheson (piano) and Craig Baxter (bodhran).
Originally from New Hampshire, Madeleine grew up immersed in the contra dance tradition of New England, and developed her uniquely expressive and lively style of fiddle playing through years of collaborations & projects in Glasgow.
With Rory and Craig, the trio create a richly varied sound, bringing their musicality to everything from rowdy reels to sensitive slow airs – and have recently released their self-titled debut album.
Why are you involved in Scottish music?
Madeleine, Rory and Craig met while studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. All three are from places with rich musical traditions; Madeleine is from New England, Rory is from the Highlands, and Craig is from Stirling. Currently they’re all based in Glasgow and share a love for good tunes!
Any particular career highlights?
The trio launched their debut album just this year at Celtic Connections. They have also played in venues across New England and Scotland, as well as festivals including the Scots Fiddle Festival and Edinburgh TradFest.
What are your plans for the future?
We plan to continue touring and playing festivals in the UK, New England and beyond! Having just released our album, we're looking forward to writing more music and playing more tunes.
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The 2023 MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards are on the 2nd December 2023! 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 Saturday 2nd December include Peatbog Faeries, Mànran, Karine Polwart and Dave Milligan, Duncan Chisholm Band, Joy Dunlop Band, Aberdeen SC&T Youth and more!
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.