Mu­si­cians bring their tal­ents to their home au­di­ences

The Oban Times - - LEISURE -

An ac­cor­dion player from Lis­more and a fid­dle player from Lochaber are among the eight finest young folk mu­si­cians in Scot­land – and they are tour­ing their home towns.

Mur­ray Willis from Lis­more and Han­nah MacRae from Lochaber were both fi­nal­ists in the BBC Ra­dio Scot­land Young Tra­di­tional Mu­si­cian of the Year Com­pe­ti­tion in 2016.

They have recorded an al­bum along­side the other fi­nal­ists and the win­ner Mohsen Amini, thanks to the TMSA (Tra­di­tional Mu­sic and Song As­so­ci­a­tion of Scot­land).

The band have al­ready played in Lis­more Pub­lic Hall (June 6) and they are set to take the stage in The Nevis Cen­tre, Fort Wil­liam on Tues­day Au­gust 1 for the fi­nal con­cert of the tour.

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 but this year we also get the bonus of fea­tur­ing at Lori­ent.

‘Lori­ent is the largest Celtic fes­ti­val in the world so to have the op­por­tu­nity to play at the Scot­land Pavil­ion is re­ally ex­cit­ing for the young mu­si­cians and I have no doubt the group will act as fan­tas­tic am­bas­sadors for both the TMSA and Scot­land.’

Get to know the lo­cal mu­si­cians a lit­tle bet­ter:

Han­nah MacRae is a west coast fid­dle player. Tra­di­tional mu­sic has been in her fam­ily for gen­er­a­tions. Han­nah 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. She is cur­rently study­ing for a BMus in Tra­di­tional Mu­sic at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

Mur­ray Willis is an ac­cor­dion player. He speaks Gaelic, has a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in black­smithing and works with a weld­ing com­pany.

Mur­ray stud­ied mu­sic at Ben­bec­ula Col­lege in Uist un­der Anna-Wendy Steven­son which he says was an eye- opener and his lessons and time spent with the bril­liant tu­tors there greatly in­flu­enced and en­cour­aged him. Mur­ray is also learn­ing the pi­ano, alto sax­o­phone and French.

For tick­ets, or fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the tour, visit www.tmsa.org. uk or con­tact the TMSA na­tional of­fice, at of­fice@tmsa.org.uk or tel: 0792 253 3915.

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