Lis­more ac­cor­dion­ist hopes he has key in­gre­di­ent to win BBC fi­nal

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

A FOR­MER Oban High School pupil has made it to the fi­nals of a pres­ti­gious na­tional mu­sic com­pe­ti­tion.

Ac­cor­dion­ist Mur­ray Wil­lis, 22, from Lis­more, is among six fi­nal­ists in the BBC Ra­dio Scot­land Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian 2016, hav­ing com­ing through a tough semi-fi­nal back in Oc­to­ber.

The tal­ented box player now hopes he can put the ‘squeeze’ on the other fi­nal­ists when they bat­tle it out in the fi­nal this Sun­day.

A for­mer pupil of Lis­more Pri­mary, Mur­ray learned his craft through the strong ceilidh and Mòd cul­ture that ex­ists in the West High­lands and Is­lands. He went on to study mu­sic at Ben­bec­ula Col­lege on Uist, be­fore mov­ing to Glas­gow, where he cur­rently works as a mu­sic tu­tor and, up un­til re­cently, a part-time black­smith.

Mur­ray ex­plained: ‘I’ve seen the com­pe­ti­tions over the years as they are nor­mally tele­vised and they are a re­ally good plat­form for young mu­si­cians get­ting no­ticed, so I thought, why not ap­ply?”. I was asked to take part in the semi fi­nal.

‘I’m de­lighted to get through to the fi­nal as it was a re­ally good stan­dard. It’s a re­ally nice group of peo­ple, too, and we all get on great.’

Un­til re­cently, Mur­ray was study­ing mu­sic and Gaelic, while work­ing as a black­smith, but has now made the leap to tu­tor­ing mu­sic full-time.

The awards, now in their 16th year, are held to try and keep young mu­si­cians play­ing tra­di­tional mu­sic, to max­imise their mu­si­cal po­ten­tial, and to help launch the ca­reer of young tra­di­tional mu­si­cians.

Sun­day’s fi­nal will in­volve a 15-minute set at the City Halls in Glas­gow.

‘I’m a lit­tle bit ner­vous, and ex­cited too,’ said Mur­ray. ‘I’ve got noth­ing to lose though. It’s a chance to get into the big time, so I’m go­ing to en­joy it and do the best that I can.’

Join­ing Mur­ray in the fi­nal are; fid­dle player Han­nah Macrae from Lochaber; Jes­sica Bur­ton, a clarsach player from Orkney; Ed­in­burgh’s Rob­bie Greig, who plays the fid­dle, Mohsen Amini, a con­certina player from Glas­gow, and fid­dle player Ryan Young from Cardross.

For de­tails about the event, in­clud­ing tick­ets and broad­cast in­for­ma­tion, visit: projects. hand­sup­for­trad. scot/ young­trad/

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