Musicians A B C

ABIGAIL PRYDE

Whether it’s a tale of heartbreak, revenge or just a sweet love song, Abigail Pryde’s songwriting has all the country feeling you could ask for. Throw in a backing band featuring some of Scotland’s top folk musicians and It will surely get your ears twitching! Having written and recorded with other artists such as folk band Heron Valley for much of her career, she is now stepping out on her own with her debut album under Wee Studio Records.

slaintesounds.com/abigailpryde

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ADAM HOLMES

Adam Holmes is a singer-songwriter from Edinburgh. He is one of the brightest rising stars on the UK roots music scene, with influences from either side of the Atlantic mixing traditional and contemporary folk with his own brand of soul and Americana.

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ADAM SUTHERLAND

Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.  In his forties, he is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers in a thriving scene, drenched with talent.

adamsutherland.co.uk

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ADENINE

An utterly compelling live performer who has toured world-wide, the music of Scottish harpist Adenine (aka Ailie Robertson) encompasses influences from free improvisation, ambient and folk to create a nuanced sound world. Drawing from over a decades experience of performing and recording with a wide spectrum of artists and ensembles, this solo project creates rich, multi-layered soundscapes with use of an electric harp, a myriad of pedals, field recordings and a modular synth.

ailierobertson.com

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AIDAN MOODIE

Aidan Moodie is an Orcadian folk musician based in Glasgow. He is best known for playing guitar and singing with Gnoss, and is also one of the newest members of folk supergroup Mànran.

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AIDAN O’ROURKE

Fiddler, composer, producer, curator. With his trio Lau, in multiple solo projects and in collaborations, Aidan O’Rourke has pioneered a new sound in folk music and redefined traditional forms.

aidanorourke.net

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AINSLEY HAMILL

Mix Heather Small and Julie Fowlis and you’ve got singer songwriter Ainsley Hamill. One of the UK’s leading and most diverse singers, Ainsley has a long list of nods including the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist and Gaelic Singer of the Year Finalist at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards. Hailing from the West Coast of Scotland, London based Ainsley specialises in song writing and songs in Scottish Gaelic and English.

ainsleyhamill.com

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ALAN REID

Glasgow-born Alan Reid has been taking Scottish folk music all over the world since 1975. He joined the fledgling Battlefield Band in 1969 while studying at Strathclyde University and subsequently recorded almost 30 albums with this hard-working and enduring band, in that time garnering a reputation for his playing and his singing. His groundbreaking keyboard work helped cement the band’s reputation as one of the most influential Celtic bands of its generation. In 2010 he left the ‘Batties,’ to concentrate on his duo with guitarist / singer Rob van Sante, and has now also released some solo albums.

alansongsreid.com

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ALI LEVACK

Ali Levack is a multi-instrumentalist playing pipes and whistles. In 2020 he was crowned the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

alilevack.com

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ALY BAIN

Aly Bain is a Scottish fiddler from Lerwick, Shetland who learned his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. He became nationally prominent as a founding member of The Boys of The Lough, a Scots-Irish group with whom he played with for over 30 years. He is part of a long-standing duo with accordion player Phil Cunningham.

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ALY BAIN & PHIL CUNNINGHAM

Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham have become a national institution with their incomparable mastery of fiddle and accordion, bringing excellence in traditional music to venues across the country. Individually they pursue other ventures in performance, television and education, but it is when they tour together that they truly shine with over quarter of a century of well-honed skills and hilarious banter delighting audiences everywhere.

philandaly.com

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AMY PAPIRANSKY

Since making the final of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year, Amy Papiransky has continued to carve her name in the Scottish music scene. Originally from Keith in the North-East of Scotland, and now residing in Glasgow, Amy – a music teacher by trade – has been writing and recording her own material for the last eight years. Amy is a classically trained and infinitely talented multi-instrumentalist with folk roots

amypapiransky.com

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ANDREW WAITE

Andrew Waite is an accordion player and composer from the Scottish borders. He plays in bands Dallahan and Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band. His music is rooted in Scottish, Irish, and English trad music but he takes influences from many genres such as jazz, gypsy, bluegrass, funk, and classical music.

andrewwaitemusic.co.uk

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ANGUS LYON

Angus is a musician, producer & composer based in Scotland. He is a member of Blazin’ Fiddles & The Halton Quartet who has also recorded & performed alongside Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Blue Rose Code, Eliza Carthy, Matt Costa, Bella Hardy & many more. Currently recording and producing music from his Studio, Gran’s House.

anguslyon.co.uk

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ASSYNT

Assynt are former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists, Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and David Shedden (pipes/whistles) alongside BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Innes White (guitar/mandolin).

assyntmusic.com

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BATTLEFIELD BAND

Battlefield Band are one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music. Their seamless fusion of ancient and contemporary music and song has continually evolved over the decades, confirming them as vital composers and interpreters at the forefront of a living tradition.

battlefieldband.co.uk

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BENEDICT MORRIS

BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2019, Benedict Morris from Glasgow is a rising star of traditional music. Boasted for his “Virtuosity” by Irish Music Magazine and hailed “Magnificent” by Sharon Mair at BBC Scotland, Benedict is one of the finest fiddle players in the country and is already making a huge impact on the traditional music scene.

benedictmorrismusic.com

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BLAZIN’ FIDDLES

Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands.

blazinfiddles.com

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BOREAS

Boreas are four accomplished performers who, while distinguished in their own traditional specialisms, have a passion for new and experimental forms of music. Explorers of the creative spaces between their respective musical traditions, Boreas is an entrancing musical union between Scotland and Norway. Making waves across the North Sea and beyond. 

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📷 Photo by Louise Bichan


BREABACH

Securely ranked among Scotland’s most skilled and imaginative contemporary folk acts, Breabach unite deep roots in Highland and Island tradition with the innovative musical ferment of their Glasgow base. Acknowledging and respecting the origins of both the music they play and the roots of the band whilst embracing the future with new ideas, energy and belief is a key attribute of the band and has remained a constant theme throughout their 15 years.

breabach.com

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BRIAN Ó HEADHRA & FIONA MACKENZIE

Based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, the duo Brian Ó hEadhra | Fionnag NicChoinnich perform songs from the Gaelic tradition as well as newly composed material drawing inspiration from music and cultures primarily from the North Atlantic fringe. Brian is originally from Dublin, Ireland and Fionnag from the Isle of Lewis, Scotland.

brian-fionnag.com

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📷 Photo by Ró Ó hEadhra


CAPERCAILLIE

Capercaillie have been credited with being the major force in bringing Celtic music to the world stage, and their unique fusion of Gaelic culture and contemporary sound has always stretched boundaries in their quest to keep the music evolving.

capercaillie.co.uk

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CATRIONA MACDONALD

Catriona Macdonald is a proud bearer of one of the greatest fiddle traditions, that of the Shetland Isles. Steeped in this tradition, Catriona Macdonald at once embodies the strength and spirit of her musical heritage and the freshness and diversity of a thoroughly modern performer. Her superb playing and charisma have established her a worldwide reputation.

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CATRIONA MCKAY

A fearless explorer of the Scottish harp who is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative rhythm harp style.

catrionamckay.co.uk

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THE CHAIR

Combining a benignly hedonistic version of Viking berserker spirit with a formidable breadth of musicianship, Orcadian eight-piece The Chair deliver a turbocharged mash-up of folk, blues, rock, dub, klezmer and more. Collectively the sound bursts with the energy of a heavy rock gig—a rampant ruckus of fiddles, banjos, accordions and drums—yet remains acoustic at heart. 

lovethechair.com

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CHLOE STEELE

Chloe Steele is born and bred on South Uist, one of the islands that make up the archipelago of The Hebrides. She has been constantly surrounded by music and Gaelic since she was very young. Chloe has an extreme passion for her culture and works hard at ensuring those who follow her will be inspired to protect and celebrate the strong island culture that exists on the islands. Chloe’s love for her culture began at a young age when she was given a set of pipes that once belonged to her great great Grandfather, Pipe Major John Steele – this was the beginning of Chloe’s story as a community musician. 

chloesteelemusic.com

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CHRIS GRAY

Chris Gray is from Lockerbie, Scotland and is a multi-instrumentalist and composer performing on piano, highland and border pipes and whistles.

chrisgraymusic.com

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CHRIS STOUT & CATRIONA MCKAY

Catriona McKay is from Dundee on the east coast of Scotland and Chris Stout is from Fair Isle, one of the Shetland Islands. Catriona and Chris have their roots in Scottish traditional music. They are driven to use this grounding as a starting point to challenge their instruments and to develop and explore new music. The result is a dynamic and adventurous sound that retains the identity of their traditions yet allows the music to have a freedom and connection to other musical styles they are drawn to.

mckaystoutmusic.com

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CHRISTINA KYDD

“A singer of grace and generosity, and a commanding soloist”, Christine Kydd is both a leading singer of traditional and contemporary Scottish songs and popular music educator, working to bring song to the heart of communities. Influenced by so many contemporary writers, traditionalists, including the great Traveller singers, she sings both unaccompanied and with guitar (piano when available), she is also invited to sing at festivals as tradition bearer. Christine has twice been nominated as Scots Singer of the Year. She now is an inductee of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

christinekydd.com

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CIARAN RYAN

Ciaran is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Brechin in the North East of Scotland. He is now based in Edinburgh and is hugely in demand as a performer and recording artist. He is most known for his work with Dallahan of which he co-founded in 2013 with singer/guitarist Jack Badcock and fiddle player Jani Lang.

ciaranryanmusic.com

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📷 Photo by Louis DeCarlo


CLAIRE HASTINGS

Claire Hastings is a Scottish folksinger, songwriter and ukulele player based in Glasgow. In 2015 she earned the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year, and has since made a name for herself on the folk scene with her ‘natural, effortless Scots voice.’ (FRUK)

clairehastings.com

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CONOR MARKEY

Conor Markey is a singer, guitarist, tenor banjo and bouzouki player from Glasgow. He is best-known for playing with the Paul McKenna Band and is now releasing solo material as well.

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📷 Photo by Martin Forry


CORRINA HEWAT

Corrina Hewat is a Scottish singer and harper, composer, educator, director, big thinker. Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most original musicians, she has been involved with a huge variety of bands and projects over the last 25 years.

corrinahewat.com

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📷 Photo by Sean Purser