Artists G H I

GARY INNES

Highland born accordionist and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary Innes has been performing and composing music for over 17 years. Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran.

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GILLIAN FRAME

Arran-born fiddler and singer Gillian Frame is a captivating performer whose richly diverse musical experience, since winning the inaugural Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year contest in 2001, shines vibrantly through her mix of tunes and songs, old and new. Her album release ‘Pendulum’ received high praise from fans and critics alike and was described as ‘one of the best albums of recent times’.

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GNOSS

A dynamic four-piece of fiddle, flute, guitar and percussion, Gnoss tackle energetic tune sets and driving folk song with a ‘maturity of ability manyof a greater age will envy’ (The Living Tradition).

As current and former students at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Graham Rorie, Aidan Moodie, Connor Sinclair and Craig Baxter have been tipped as ‘ones to watch’ by Songlines magazine for their lively, engaging and honest performances.

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GRAHAM MACKENZIE

Graham Mazkenzie is a Scottish fiddle player from Inverness with a Masters Degree in Scottish Music. He was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, as well as being a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Graham was commissioned by Celtic Connections 2015 to write a New Voices performance – ‘Crossing Borders’, which he then recorded as an album.

grahammackenziemusic.com

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GRÁINNE BRADY

Gráinne Brady is a Glasgow based fiddle player and composer, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland.

“Irish/Scottish and contemporary influences infuse Brady’s vibrant rhythms and rich lyrical patterns, illuminating peaks and troughs of the emigrant experience and the extremities of poverty. Arrangements evoke both adversity and lively inner strength.” Bryony Hegarty, RnR Magazine

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GRÁINNE BRADY & TINA JORDAN REES

Gráinne Brady is a fiddle player, originally from Co. Cavan, Ireland. Tina Jordan Rees is a piano and flute player, originally from Lancashire, England. The pair created their duo after hosting popular weekly sessions in The Lismore Bar in Glasgow. On their album ‘High Spirits’ they play all their own compositions and are joined by guest musicians Paul Mc Clure, Cameron Maxwell, Luc McNally, and Andrew Waite.

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HAMISH NAPIER

Hamish is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from the Scottish Highlands. Napier’s music is a unique balance of tradition and innovation. He respects and celebrates Scotland’s rich musical heritage in a contemporary style that is engaging and soulful.

hamishnapier.com

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HANNAH RARITY

Hannah Rarity’s sublime voice imbues the music she performs with a depth of emotion that is inimitable. It’s thisability that has seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers. Winner of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, her status as a rising talent has been further consolidated by her Scots Singer of the Year nomination at the 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards and feature as ‘One to Watch in 2018’ in The Scotsman.

hannahrarity.com

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HEATHER DOWNIE

Heather Downie is a harper, singer, pianist, composer, and tutor from Dunblane. She is a tutor and lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. In her debut album ‘Nae Sweets For Shy Bairns’ she holds nothing back with her fresh, feisty harp playing.

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HEISK

Vibrant six-piece HEISK are a powerful new force on the Scottish folk scene. Their relentlessly energetic music stems from their roots in Scottish traditional music and combines it with punchy riffs and grooves.

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IAIN MACFARLANE

Iain MacFarlane has become one of the most sought-after fiddlers in Scotland. Best known for his role in the dynamic ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’, Iain has been steeped in traditional music all his days being influenced by ‘greats’ such as his father Charlie, Donald Riddell, Fearchar MacRae and Evan MacRae.

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IAIN MACFARLANE & INGRID HENDERSON

Combining years of experience playing with bands such as Blazin’ Fiddles and Cliar, multi-instrumentalists, and stalwarts of the traditional music world, Iain MacFarlane & Ingrid Henderson create a sound which is reflective of the stunning, culture-rich Lochaber area they grew up in. Based mainly on harp and fiddle, and mixing traditional and newly written material, they combine rousing marches, jigs and reels with poignant slow airs of love and loss, giving the listener a unique insight into the rich history and music of the West Highlands.

iainmacfarlaneingridhenderson.com

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ÍMAR

Ímar are an exciting instrumental 5-piece band based in Glasgow. Formed in 2016 they are winners of the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Act at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their musical style is derived from the folk music traditions of nations of each member; Scotland, Ireland, Isle of Man, and England. Fast, driving tunes, bouncing, infectious reels and slow, beautiful melodic numbers, highlight the individual skills of each player.

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INGRID HENDERSON

Ingrid was the youngest ever recipient of the Radio 2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, winning it at the tender age of thirteen and since then has cemented her position as one of the finest instrumentalists in Scotland today, playing with the likes of Gaelic supergroup Cliar, Blazin’ Fiddles and more recently with Margaret Stewart & the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. She is also the principal harp tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.

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INNES WATSON

Innes Watson, from Glasgow, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist with many 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.

inneswatson.co.uk

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INYAL

With their innovative fusion of mercurial tunes, ethereal songs and intricate electronics, INYAL have crafted a sound that owes as much to their traditional roots as it does to the rhythms of modern Scotland.

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IONA FYFE

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young folk singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland.The youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2018, Iona has been described as “one of the best Scotland has to offer.” (Global-Music.de)

ionafyfe.com

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ISLAY SESSIONERS

In November 2015 a group of musicians gathered on Islay to play a special memorial concert at the Islay Sessions festival, thus laying the groundwork an album. In January 2016 at Celtic Connections this same group of musicians, ‘The Islay Sessioners’ as they called themselves, performed this music as part of Islay Night, a concert that both celebrated the music and culture of Islay, and the tunes of Fraser Shaw.

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