Musicians bring their talents to their home audiences
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 email@example.com or tel: 0792 253 3915.