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.

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Sarah Markey is a contemporary traditional flute player, singer and harpist who creatively blends Irish and Scottish styles to create self-penned tunes and contemporary folk songs. She was a BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year finalist in 2019 and has toured all over Europe and internationally with some of the folk scene’s top artists.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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Suas are a Glasgow based band who learned their craft in different areas of Scotland, and use these disparate influences to create uplifting music inspired by their individual places and cultures.



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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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.

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