TMSA Young Trad Tour visits Tiree

On Wednesday 8th October some of brightest stars of Scotland’s young folk talent travelled to Tiree for a night of musical entertainment in An Talla.

Featuring the finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, as well as the winner of the 2013 competition, the Young Trad Tour 2014 consisted of six dates at each of the finalists’ hometowns as well as a performance at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, scheduled to take place on the 17th January 2015.

This year’s band – made up of Paddy Callaghan, Alistair Iain Paterson, Mhairi Marwick, Neil Ewart, Jack Badcock and Ian Smith – brought a cross-section of the country’s regional folk scenes to the table. Whilst most of the musicians are now based in Glasgow and Edinburgh’s thriving folk scenes, they were all brought up surrounded by diverse traditions- from Irish, West coast and East coast styles.

As well as the Tour, the group also recorded an album at one of Scotland’s most prestigious recording studios, Castlesound Studio in Pencaitland.

The Young Trad Tour – including both the CD and tour itself – was organised by the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) and was made possible through funding support from The Robertson Trust, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, as well as assistance with the Tiree leg from Loganair and other private sources. The concert in Tiree was well-attended and the audience, of around seventy, were treated to a fantastic mix of traditional songs, reels, slow airs and more. As well as the concert, the musicians also visited Tiree High School, where they carried out short workshops with the pupils.

For more info on the tour visit http://www.tmsa.org.uk or if you’d like to purchase the album contact Ian Smith (by email: ian.tiree{@}hotmail.co.uk or by phone: 07591 005871).

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