Musicians S T U


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.

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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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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.

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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.

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Savourna Stevenson, “a composer who is a national treasure” (The Herald), began playing the piano and composing from the age of 5 with her father, the composer Ronald Stevenson, and made her concert debut with the harp at the age of 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

Although her music strongly reflects her Scottish roots, it also reveals her uniquely eclectic and innovative urge to break through stylistic barriers between classical, folk, world music and jazz.

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Scott Wood performs on bagpipes, border pipes, whistles and 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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The Shee bring electro-harp, accordion, fiddle, flute, mandolin, percussion and three powerful voices together with a range of individual musical influences to produce an adventurous brew of folk, Gaelic and bluegrass music. Their fourth and most recent album, ‘Continuum’ was described in the Guardian as a ‘sophisticated, unexpectedly emotional set’.

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📷 Photo by Louise Bichan


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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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.

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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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Self-styled as traditional music for the 21st century, Sketch splice inspired instrumental and vocal work with powerhouse, live loops, beats and grooves. The band’s freewheeling improvisational prowess offers an exciting and dynamic live experience.

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With increased numbers in the band from the 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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📷 Photo by Rufus Huggan


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

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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.

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Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation and 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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Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland, and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the Tannahill Weavers have made an international name for their special brand of Celtic music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms.  As one of the world’s premier traditional Celtic bands, their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, original ballads and lullabies, and humorous tales of life in Scotland.

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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.

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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.

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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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Trail West are a band leading the thriving scene of Gaels in the city of Glasgow. Having started out as a four-piece line-up (Alain Campbell, Andrew Findlater, Ian Smith, Seonaidh MacIntyre) with strong links to the Hebridean Isles of Tiree and South Uist, Trail West now perform as a six-piece outfit with the addition of Jonathan Gillespie from Glasgow on keyboard and vocals along with Allan J Nairn from Ardnamurchan on electric guitar.

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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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“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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Though Catriona Price’s violin and Esther Swift’s pedal harp remain the front and centre of their sound, and the mastery of their instruments is evident, Twelfth Day draws from a more expansive palette than the number of instruments might suggest, leaving a lasting impact on the listener. Twelfth Day wear their rich and varied experience with pride – their folk roots, their classical training – but they are more than a simple product, an exponent, of their practice. It is their inherent curiosity, their need to understand through experimentation, that compels them to reach for new ways and means.

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📷 Photo by Jannica Honey