ARTISTS S T U

SALLY SIMPSON & CATRIONA HAWKSWORTH

Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth form a striking and dynamic fiddle and piano duo playing repertoire from the Scottish traditions alongside new compositions. Their music is primarily influenced by Scottish music whilst also incorporating elements of traditions from further afield. Their sound is intimate and personal, focusing on the link between the two musicians, making full use of dynamics and textures, whilst respecting the traditions from which their music is taken.

sallyandcatriona.com

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📷 Photo by Simon Baker


SALTFISHFORTY

Saltfishforty are a fresh and dynamic duo hailing from the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland. Douglas Montgomery (fiddle/viola) and Brian Cromarty (songs/guitar/mandola) combine the rich traditional music of Orkney with original compositions.

saltfishforty.co.uk

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📷 Photo by Sean Purser


SALT HOUSE

Setting old words to new melodies, re-working ancient ballads or writing their own – Salt House marry all their musical strands with a deep understanding for the British song tradition and an empathy for a story. The trio of multi-instrumentalist Ewan MacPherson (Shooglenifty) and violist / fiddler Lauren MacColl (RANT) is completed with singer-songwriter Jenny Sturgeon.

salthousemusic.com

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📷 Photo by Archie MacFarlane


SARAH MACNEIL

Sarah MacNeil is a freelance musician currently performing at weddings and events all over Scotland. She also teaches the harp to students in central Scotland.

sarahmacneil.com

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SCOTT WOOD

Scott Wood performs on Bagpipes, Border Pipes, Whistles & Wooden Flute as well as working as a Recording Engineer from his own recording studio, Oak Ridge Studios.

scottwoodmusic.com

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SCOTT WOOD BAND

In 2012, Scott formed ‘The Scott Wood Trio’ and was nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2013 Scots Trad Music Awards. The band then developed into the sextet named the ‘Scott Wood Band’ – described as “The most exciting new traditional act in Scotland.” – Tiree Music Festival. 

scottwoodmusic.com

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SEÁN GRAY

Seán Gray is a guitarist, flute player and singer from the village of Coylton in the south west coast of Scotland. For the past 10 years, Seán has spent most of his time playing with the award winning Paul McKenna Band.

seangraymusic.com

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📷 Photo by Hamish Macleod


SESSION A9

Session A9 are Adam Sutherland, Brian Mcalpine, Charlie McKerron, David “Chimp” Robertson, Gordon Gunn, Kevin Henderson and Marc Clement. The band was originally started in 2003 as an album project for their first album What Road?.

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📷 Photo by Dale Smith


SHOOGLENIFTY

Shooglenifty was formed in 1990 by musicians from the Scottish Highlands, Orkney and Edinburgh. Its bright spark was the idea of fusing traditional and traditional-sounding melodies with the beats and basslines of a mixed bag of more contemporary influences.

shooglenifty.com

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SIAN

Originally brought together to celebrate Gaelic songs composed by women; Ceitlin Lilidh, Eilidh Cormack and Ellen MacDonald keep their material firmly rooted in this theme. Their individual voices blend seamlessly, intertwining atmospheric harmonies to create a unique sound.

sian-music.com

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📷 Photo by John Murdo MacAuley


SIMON THOUMIRE

Simon Thoumire is a Scottish musician and an English concertina virtuoso. Thoumire has played all over the world. A winner of the BBC Radio 2 Young Tradition Award in 1989, Thoumire has always been keen to explore different genres of music, releasing many records over the years delving into folk, jazz, improvisation and composition.

simonthoumire.com

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📷 Photo by Lieve Boussauw


SIMON THOUMIRE & DAVID MILLIGAN

Simon Thoumire is a concertina player and composer who has performed all over the world. He has made many CDs with fabulous musicians including David Milligan. Dave Milligan, born and raised in the Scottish Borders, is a pianist whose musical imagination flows freely between jazz improvisation and the traditional airs and dance meters of his native Scotland. Together Simon and Dave have made two CDs – The Big Day In and Third Flight Home.

simonthoumire.com

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📷 Photo by Lieve Boussauw


SIMON THOUMIRE & IAN CARR

Rooted in folk but with an eclectic range of influences from Prince, through Oscar Peterson, Barbara Streisand to J. Scott Skinner, Simon Thoumire (concertina) and Ian Carr (guitar) present a unique and daring combination of instrumental virtuosity, craft and creativity.

thoumirecarr.com

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📷 Photo by Martin Forry


SIOBHAN MILLER

Siobhan Miller is a Scottish folk singer and songwriter. Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song has won her the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and BBC Alba Scots Singer of the Year an unprecedented three times. Her four solo albums showcase her remarkable depth of talent from original contemporary material to traditional Scottish folk songs.  

siobhanmiller.com

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SKERRYVORE

Skerryvore are a multi-award winning Scottish band creating a ‘trad-rock’ fusion that has seen them perform in over 25 countries worldwide.

skerryvore.com

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SKIPINNISH

With increased numbers in the band from these early days and with the addition of lead vocals and full back line, recent years have seen Skipinnish hit the very top of the music scene in Scotland. With hit after hit of self penned songs and a strong mix of powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordion led tune sets, they encompass the very best of contemporary Celtic Music.

skipinnish.com

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SNUFFBOX

Snuffbox are an acoustic trio based in Glasgow; comprised of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017 Charlie Stewart (Dosca, Sketch, Ross Miller and Charlie Stewart) on fiddle; Rufus Huggan (Routes String Quartet, Mick Edgar) on cello; and Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018 finalist, Luc McNally (Dosca, Sketch, Eddie and Luc, Iona Fyfe) on guitar and vocals.

snuffboxmusic.com

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STARAN

‘Staran’ are a new collective featuring Kim Carnie, John Lowrie, Jack Smedley, Innes White and James Lindsay. 

staranmusic.com

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📷 Photo by Samuel Hurt, edit & overlays by Elly Lucas


STEVE BYRNE

From Arbroath in Scotland’s eastern lowlands, Steve has been immersed in traditional music since early childhood, and continues to write and arrange songs in his native Scots tongue. He is one of Scotland’s most sought after accompanists, especially for traditional song. He is best known as a founder member of innovative Scots folksong group Malinky.

stevebyrne.co.uk

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📷 Photo by Ines Byrne


TALISK

Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.

talisk.co.uk

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📷 Photo by Paul Jennings


TANNARA

Bold, creative, and original; Tannara (Owen Sinclair, Robbie Greig, Becca Skeoch and Joseph Peach) have established themselves as one of the UK’s most interesting and unique contemporary folk groups.

tannaramusic.com

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TIDE LINES

Tide Lines are a four-piece band from the Scottish Highlands. The band formed in 2016 and write most of their original material in English but always with a nod to their Gaelic heritage.

tidelinesband.com

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TIM EDEY

Tim Edey (BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music. Originally from Broadstairs in Kent and of Irish descent, Tim honed his style learning from his father Richard a fine guitarist and listening to Ed Boyd, Steve Cooney and Django Reinhardt. He has lived in Ireland and now resides in Perthshire, Scotland where he is based with his family and tours all over the world regularly from.

timedey.com

📷 Photo by Rob McDougall


TINA JORDAN REES

Tina Jordan Rees is a Glasgow-based traditional musician originally from Lancashire. Tina is a multi-instrumentalist playing piano, flute, and whistles, and she is also a qualified Irish dance teacher. As an avid composer, Tina takes her influences from many places, including the Irish dance music tradition, where she is a household name.

tinajordanrees.com

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📷 Photo by Grant Parfery


TOM OAKES

Edinburgh based Tom Oakes (Bmus) has spent the last decade ploughing many different furrows as an Irish traditional musician, composer, producer, contemporary artist, collaborator, teacher, event organiser and special needs facilitator.

tomoakesmusic.co.uk

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📷 Photo by Louise Bichan


TREACHEROUS ORCHESTRA

Treacherous Orchestra are a brave, loud 11-piece folk big band influenced by rock as well as traditional Celtic styles – rousing fusion from the vibrant Scottish scene.

treacherousorchestra.com

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📷 Photo by Graeme MacDonald


TRIP

“Featuring accordion, fiddle, flute, piano and bodhran, their considered tune selection, technical confidence and ambitious, imaginative arrangements displayed arresting promise” – Folk Radio UK

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📷 Photo by Martin Venherm