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With a repertoire spanning Gaelic and English language material, both traditional and contemporary, Maeve Mackinnon has won acclaim equally for the eloquent emotional connection she forges with every song, communicated in a bewitchingly honeyed, husky yet vibrantly earthy voice, and for her music’s dynamic interplay of boldness and sensitivity.

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Having grown up in the West Coast Coigach peninsula of the Scottish Highlands – an area steeped in culture and local traditions – Mairearad is a musician and landscape painter now based in the Highland village of Ullapool. Her impressionistic painting style is very much an emotional response to the land that she grew up in and renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style, as well as her dextrous piping, Mairearad is in great demand as a performer, and as a composer showcasing a deeply rooted sense of identity.

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Two of Scotland’s most revered multi- instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are a truly captivating duo, providing a highly energetic performance with an instantly warm and friendly stage presence.

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Mairi Campbell is a pioneering Scottish musician whose work is rooted in, and draws from, her personal stories and cultural concerns. After studying classical viola at the Guildhall School of Music, she has become an established member of Scotland’s traditional music scene, pushing the boundaries with her use of free improvisation, songs and stagecraft.

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Continuing on their distinctive mission as contemporary champions of traditional Scots song, Malinky returned to launch their 20th Anniversary Album HANDSEL in 2019. Their current four-piece line-up, centred on the outstanding voices of Fiona Hunter, Steve Byrne, and Mark Dunlop also features award-winning composer Mike Vass, with instrumentation including bouzouki, guitar, fiddle, whistle, bodhrán and cello.

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Multi award-winning Scottish supergroup Mànran look ahead to celebrating 10 years at the heart of the Scottish traditional music scene. Internationally recognised as one of the most iconic and respected Scottish bands on the road today, the seven-piece show no signs of slowing down as they continue to push boundaries and explore new musical and geographical territory each year, bringing their uplifting and unique live performances to stages across the world.

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📷 Photo by Paul Jennings


Man’s Ruin comprise five of Scotland’s leading exponents of experimental folk music. These cross-genre folk rebels have earned international recognition for their soul-twisting interpretations of modern folk and roots music on the contemporary stage. Whether it be folk, funk, rock or electronica they seamlessly blend styles through careful and considered musical craft work.

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Well known for their tight, lightning fast playing and huge sound, genre-busting quartet Mec Lir are bringing the party totrad music. Strip back the synths, drums, bass and you will find at their core trad tunes that would be accepted by the most traditional of session players. Add everything back into the mix and you’ll experience something difficult to classify other than simply ‘Mec Lir’!

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Pianist, composer and arranger Mhairi Hall was born and brought up in Aviemore, Strathspey which lies in the heart of the central Highlands of Scotland. Mhairi was classically trained on the piano however, at a young age was drawn to traditional Scottish music and has developed a unique style of playing both lead and accompaniment.

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Mike Vass is one of the most creative forces on the Scottish music scene. As a musician, composer, producer and arranger Vass has amassed a body of work that encompasses early appearances as a livewire young fiddler, collaborations with many of the leading voices among today’s Scots and Gaelic tradition bearers, delivering multi-media performances, overseeing critically acclaimed recordings, and scoring for prestigious ensembles.

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📷 Photo by Somhairle MacDonald


Combining cultural authenticity with an adventurous musical streak – which won her the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award with Innes White and Conal McDonagh in 2014 and MG Alba’s Scots Trad Music Award for Gaelic Singer of the Year – Mischa Macpherson is “An artist of deep sensitivity [and] fresh, young, vibrant perspective”   (Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2).

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Hailing from the Isle of Skye, Niteworks have achieved critical acclaim for their unique fusion Scottish traditional & Gaelic music with electronica. Niteworks are Innes Strachan (Synths), Allan Macdonald (Pipes), Ruairidh Graham (Drums) and Christopher Nicolson (Bass guitar)

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Norrie “Tago” MacIver is a singer/songwriter from Carloway in the Isle of Lewis. “The Gaelic cross-over voice of his generation. Norrie is a singer of range, clarity and melody, and although firmly rooted in Gaelic tradition, he has a voice completely at ease with a backbeat, effortlessly exploring rhythm and modern idioms.” – Calum MacDonald, Runrig

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