Lochaber fid­dler joins na­tional mu­si­cal tour

The Oban Times - - News -

EIGHT of Scot­land’s finest young folk mu­si­cians are about to em­bark on a tour of their home towns and record an al­bum to­gether thanks to the Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Song As­so­ci­a­tion of Scot­land (TMSA).

The fi­nal­ists and win­ner of the BBC Ra­dio Scot­land Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian of the Year com­pe­ti­tion 2016 will start the tour in He­lens­burgh on Tuesday May 30 be­fore vis­it­ing Lis­more, Fort Wil­liam, Glas­gow, Ed­in­burgh and Orkney.

The young­sters will then be in the stu­dio in June with an al­bum due for re­lease in July.

Lochaber tal­ent Han­nah MacRae, who is study­ing for a BMus in tra­di­tional mu­sic at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land, is part of the line-up.

For fid­dler Han­nah, tra­di­tional mu­sic has been in her fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions. She has taken time to es­tab­lish her own per­sonal style and varies her reper­toire by play­ing with ac­com­plished mu­si­cians from dif­fer­ent places and back­grounds. Han­nah is a strong be­liever in keep­ing up tra­di­tion – in par­tic­u­lar the cul­ture of tra­di­tional mu­sic and Gaelic – and has been teach­ing fid­dle for the past year.

TMSA con­vener Fiona Camp­bell said: ‘The an­nual TMSA young trad tour and al­bum is al­ways a great op­por­tu­nity to show­case the ris­ing starts of Scot­land’s tra­di­tional mu­sic scene. The pro­ject al­lows young mu­si­cians, of­ten at the start of their mu­sic ca­reers, to hone both their solo and col­lab­o­ra­tive skills at some amaz­ing venues across the coun­try.’

The group will be at the Ne­vis Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day June 7.

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