BBC Radio Scotland Award finalists hit the road!

MEDIA RELEASE       11 October 2011

BBC Radio Scotland Award finalists hit the road!

The cream of Scotland’s young traditional musical talent is touring the country in the next few weeks.

Coming together as the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011, the group consists of the six finalists of this year’s BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award, together with the winner of the 2010 Award. They have recorded a studio album which is released to coincide with the tour of Scotland, which runs from 19 October to 6 November 2011.

Organised annually by the TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland), this year’s concert and workshop tour takes in Dundee, Kirkwall, Lyth, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Livingston, Campbeltown, Portree, St Andrews, Glasgow and Coldingham as well as being featuring in three BBC Radio Scotland programmes.

On tour are the Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey (2011 winner); Lorne MacDougall from Carradale, Argyll (pipes/whistles); Tina Jordan Rees from Glasgow (piano); Alistair Ogilvy from Strathblane (Scots song); Mairi Chaimbeul from Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye (clarsach/Gaelic song); Andrew Waite from Duns in the Scottish Borders (accordion) and 2010 winner, Dan Thorpe, from Inverurie (fiddle). The album was recorded at Castlesound Studios near Edinburgh, under the musical direction of renowned Scottish composer & virtuoso harpist, Corrina Hewat.

The TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011 is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland who awarded the project from their Traditional Arts funding programme, a total of £23,000 on 15 April 2011. Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland, said: ‘Scotland’s traditional musical heritage is our global calling card and keeping these traditions alive through the skill and enthusiasm of our young people is fantastic. This tour offers up some brilliant talent for audiences across the country while taking the young people one step further in their career as musicians. If you haven’t got a ticket, please do buy one and enjoy performances from Scotland’s future stars.’

The programme is also supported by The Robertson Trust, Stagecoach Group and Glenfarg Folk Club.