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the West Coast of Canada, Jocelyn Pettit is an award-winning fiddle
player, stepdancer, singer, and composer. With grace and passion, she has
performed across Canada, and toured in the USA, the UK, and Europe. She has
been featured on Canadian national television and radio, and shared the
stage with The Battlefield Band (Scotland), The Chieftains (Ireland), and
Carlos Núñez (Spain). As a recording artist, Jocelyn has two self-produced
albums, both nominated for multiple awards, including “World Artist of the
Year” at the 2017 Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the 2016 Canadian
Folk Music Awards.
Gira is a seasoned cellist who has performed at special events and
prominent venues throughout the USA and the UK, including The John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, and Cadogan Hall
in London, England. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance
from the Cleveland Institute of Music (Cleveland, Ohio, USA). Both currently
pursuing Master’s degrees in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of
Scotland in Glasgow, Jocelyn and Ellen present a lively and soulful
performance of music from Canada and Scotland.
Together multi-instrumentalists Iain & Ingrid create a
sound which is reflective of the stunning, culture-rich Lochaber area they
grew up in. Based mainly on harp and fiddle, they combine rousingmarches,
jigs and reels with poignant slow airs and Gaelic songs of love and loss,
giving the listener a unique insight into the culture, history and stories
of the West Highlands.
“Stories of the derivation of tunes and recollections
enrich MacFarlane’s superbly fluent, always expressive way with a melody”Rob
“Ingrid complements the playing with intuitive insight
adding colour but never overshadowing the lead instrument.”D. MacNeil,
Scots Trad Music Awards 'Up And Coming artist of the
year', Ryan Young is an emerging young fiddle player bringing new and
exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. He recorded his debut album
with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of
Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck. Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters
degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in
finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland
Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
Ryan launched his debut album at Feakle Traditional Music
Festival in County Clare, Ireland where he was accompanied by renowned
guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes; The Gloaming). He was nominated for
the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, was the winner of
Folking.com's Best Musician for 2018, as well as being nominated for Folk
Band Of The Year at the 2018 MG ALBA Trad Music Awards.
Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life
to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He
is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare, Ireland and has
been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey,
Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin.
'Kist of Musick'
(A Tribute in Words and Music to Nathaniel Gow (1763 - 1831))
born John Shedden's distinguished career in theatre, TV, radio and
film embraces everything from Shakespeare, the classics to solo plays and
Variety: "Macbeth", "The Caretaker", "Willie Rough", "Waiting for Godot", "Ane
Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis"( Warsaw). TV includes' Weir of Hermiston',
'City Lights' and 'Still Game'. He created the part of Stan Laurel in "Mr
Laurel and Mr Hardy" which transferred from the Traverse to the Mayfair,
London. His award-winning one-man roles range from Sherlock Holmes, David
Garrick, John Knox, Robert Louis Stevenson and King James the Third to
William McGonagall and even Lady Bracknell! John can be heard on the BBC
Burns website, and on the CD The Flooers o' the Forest (commemorating
Flodden). Classic radio recordings are Redgauntlet, Kidnapped, Whisky
Galore, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Dracula and The Master of Ballantrae.
is originally from Ayrshire and has performed
traditional and classical music throughout his life. A prize winning Scots
fiddle player, he studied classical violin at the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal
Conservatoire) and the Royal Academy in London before touring extensively as
a member of the Scottish Ensemble. He has been a member of the BBC Scottish
Symphony Orchestra for the past 20 years and has performed throughout
Europe, as well as China, South America and the USA, also appearing as
soloist on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 3 and on national radio in the USA. He
has made four albums of fiddle music including many of his own compositions
and as a composer his music has been used by BBC Alba for documentary
purposes. Recently he has performed as part of the Grit Orchestra at last
year's Celtic Connections celebrating the music of the late Martyn Bennett.
Hardie was born in Aberdeen and
is the son of the north-east traditional fiddle player Bill Hardie. His main
contributions to the Scots fiddle revival have been in areas of performance,
broadcasting, teaching, adjudication, and in the printed domain as
publisher, author and editor. As a player he has appeared frequently at the
Edinburgh International Festival, culminating in 1996 in devising and
participating in 'Scottish Fiddle Music', a five-concert series surveying
the tradition from 1600 to the present day. As a teacher he is best known
through his commitment from 1978 to 2006 as a tutor at Stirling University's
Scots Fiddle Summer School. Author of The Caledonian Companion,
Alastair has also contributed to Scotland's musical life as co-founder (with
Mary-Anne Alburger) and violinist with the chamber ensemble Kist of Musick
(1978), founding partner in 1984 of music publishers The Hardie Press and
founder of The Scottish Fiddle Society.
Gillan has been a member of the
Scottish Chamber Orchestra since
2007. Donald studied at the Royal College of Music where he won all the
major cello prizes. After leaving the RCM, he won the Muriel Taylor Cello
Prize which enabled him to continue post-graduate study at the Royal
Northern College of Music. Donald has enjoyed a varied career playing with
many ensembles and orchestras. He has also written music for theatre,
recorded solo cello for film soundtracks and played with numerous pop/folk
groups and singers. Tours abroad have taken him as far as Japan, India, the
U.S.A. and Montreal. In recent years Donald has become increasingly involved
with SCO's education and outreach department, Connect, making music with
people of all ages from infants to school children to elderly dementia
patients. Donald plays on an English cello by Thomas Dodd c.1815.
Kitchen is an Honorary Fellow in
the Reid School of Music. He is University Organist, Director of the
Edinburgh University Singers, and is involved with the Raymond Russell Collection of Early Keyboard
Instruments at St Cecilia's Hall and Museum. John is also Director of Music
at Old Saint Paul's Episcopal Church and Edinburgh City Organist with duties
at the Usher Hall. He gives many solo recitals both in the UK and further
afield, and also plays regularly with several ensembles, covering a wide
range of musical styles. In addition, he is much in demand as a continuo
player, accompanist, lecturer, writer, adjudicator, reviewer and recording
Brechin is one of Scotland`s best known accordian player. Sandy has been
touring all over the world for many years and he has been recorded on over
one hundred albums on various labels. He is also a respected tutor at the
National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton for many
Jimmy Johansson is a fiddler and an
composer with big diversity. He has been composig both Swedish and Scottish
folkmusic for almost 20 years. He has been touring over Scandinavia the last
15 years in different Folkband with roots both Scottish and Swedish
Christopher Andersson Bång is a well known
Swedish folk musician. For many years he has been playing music from Balkan,
Ireland, Scotland, Sweden and Russia – he is a world music traveller.
On a concert with Sandy Brechin Trio you get
invited to a world of smashing Scottish reels and jigs, with a touch of the
intricately Swedish polska.
own Hannah Fisher along with guitarist and Mull native, Sorren Maclean, have
been touring as a duo for the past six years. Playing a mix of traditional &
contemporary Scottish tunes, they incorporate a love of bluegrass music
having spent some time travelling and playing around America, Japan and
Europe. Both play with well known Scottish artists Karen Matheson and Dougie
Maclean, to name a few, and have recorded their own album and EPs within the
past couple of years.
Lesley Thompson, a graduate in Music and Acoustics
University, has been performing and teaching traditional music in Scotland
for 10 years. She has performed several times on STV and has worked as a
session musician and with her bands, performing across the globe and at home
in a variety of genres: Traditional, Classical, Bluegrass and Gypsy. She
composes and arranges Scottish fiddle tunes, and has competed at the highest
level in Scots fiddle, featuring as a Glenfiddich finalist for 3 years
2011-2014 and being invited to championships across Scotland. Lesley plays
fiddle, violin, viola, piano, bagpipes, whistle, mandolin and guitar.
Innes Watson, from Glasgow, is an award-winning
multi-instrumentalist with over ten years of contemporary and traditional
Scottish music performance, recording, teaching and producing
experience. He grew up in the Scottish Borders in very supportive musical
surroundings encouraging an extremely eclectic mix of skills, abilities,
interests and accolades that combine to make Innes one of the most
highly-regarded and sought-after musicians on the scene today.
Innes teaches at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
(having graduated from there with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Scottish
Music in 2006) and is a firm favourite for adult and youth learning
organisations up and down the country. He has appeared on at least 24 albums
released in Scotland in the last 15 years and has worked with some of the
most notable performers in the country. In 2011 he won the title of
“Instrumentalist of the Year” at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
A composer of fiddle tunes, string arrangements, guitar
music, songs and much more he is currently working on a whole host of
exciting new projects to be released in the near future.
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Fivey is a multi instrumentalist based in Glasgow, specialising in
Scottish traditional music on piano. She studied at the National Centre Of
Excellence In Traditional Music in Plockton before gaining a first class
honours in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She
released a collection of compositions in 2013 including full arrangements
for piano. Suzanne has performed extensively with fiddler Ruairidh
Macmillan, and her current projects include 5-piece Scottish/Irish music and
dance group "LAS".
violinist/fiddler Seán Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most
creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. Fiddle
legend Liz Carroll calls Seán “One powerhouse of a fiddler.” A U.S. National
Scottish Fiddle Champion (2016), award winning Irish fiddler, and a
nationally awarded composer, Seán also has a degree in classical violin from
the University of South Carolina.
He is a 2019 Artist-in-Residence at Strathmore Music
Center. Recently, Seán was featured on the cover the Fiddler Magazine Winter
Issue 2018 as well as an interview article on Seán's journey to becoming one
of the foremost young performers of his generation. Currently based in
Washington DC, Seán performs locally with the bands Skylark and Glencoe
Lads. He is a musical ambassador for the British Embassy Scottish Affairs
Office and the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington. When Seán is not
performing in the U.S and abroad, he teaches privately and at American
University in D.C where he teaches fiddle and improvisation.
The Blackford Fiddlers