The semi-finalists of this years BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2016 Award have been announced. The musicians from all over Scotland showcase the amazing talent we have in Scotland playing traditional music at this moment.
Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad says “Again the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician gives us an amazing snapshot of the strength of Scotland’s young trad musicians. The scene has never been in better shape.”
The semi-finalists are:
Neil Ewart – fiddle (Ardnamurchan)
Gemma Donald – fiddle (Shetland)
Hannah Macrae – fiddle (Lochaber)
Mohsen Amini – concertina (Glasgow)
Elinor Evans – clarsach (Edinburgh)
Grant McFarlane – accordion (Paisley)
James Harper – bagpipes (Ayrshire)
Jessica Burton – clarsach (Orkney)
Katie MacFarlane – song (Airdrie)
Murray Willis – accordion (Lismore)
Robbie Greig – fiddle (Edinburgh)
Ryan Young – fiddle (Cardross)
All musicians attend the semi-finals weekend in Wiston Lodge, South Lanarkshire 2-4th October and perform at a concert on Saturday 3rd October in Coulter Hall, Coulter, South Lanarkshire. From this concert 6 musicians are chosen to go through to finals at Celtic Connections festival in January 2016. You can buy tickets for the semi-finals by visiting www.youngtrad.scot.
This is the sixteenth year of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2016. Claire Hastings won the award in 2015 and has had an amazing year including performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in June. You can read our complete list of winners here. http://projects.handsupfortrad.scot/youngtrad/previous-winners/
This is a BBC Radio Scotland event managed by Hands Up for Trad.