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Folk stars of the future at TMSA to bring their Celtic Connections-inspired album to Croy Village Hall and the Macphail Centre, Ullapool

By Kyle Walker

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SOME of Scotland’s finest young traditional musicians are set to visit their home areas and release an album after a performance at Celtic Connections earlier this year.

And the promising traditional musicians have lined up three dates in the north of Scotland as part of this tour, giving audiences the chance to see the future of folk music.

The group have shows at the Royal Hotel, Keith on Tuesday; Croy Village Hall on Wednesday; and the Macphail Centre, Ullapool on Thursday.

The current TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland) Young Trad Tour group comprises of Hannah Rarity from West Lothian, winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition.

She is joined by finalists: Rory Matheson, Piano (Drumbeg); Amy Papiransky, voice (Keith); David Shedden, bagpipes and whistle (Glasgow); Luc McNally, guitar and voice (Dipton) and Charlie Stewart, fiddle and double bass (Perthshire – 2017 winner).

Audiences are treated to a mix of new material written and composed by these young musicians as well as innovative arrangements of traditional tunes – supported by project musical director and Black Isle resident Anna Massie.

Anna is one of Scotland’s foremost guitarists well known for her work with the likes of Blazin’ Fiddles, as well as a former winner of the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award back in 2003. She previously toured with the TMSA Young Trad Tour in 2015 as an accompanist.

TMSA convener, Fiona Campbell, said: “The annual TMSA Young Trad Tour and album is always a great opportunity to showcase the rising stars of Scotland’s traditional music scene.

“The release of their collaborative album and forthcoming tour is really exciting for the young musicians and I have no doubt the group will act as fantastic ambassadors for both the future of traditional music and the TMSA.”

The tour is supported by Creative Scotland. Kirsty MacDonald, traditional arts officer at Creative Scotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting once again the TMSA Young Trad Tour and associated album.

“TMSA provides these young musicians of the highest calibre with the opportunity to tour in their local areas, and to create an album which helps raise their profile at this critical early stage of their music career.”

The album was recorded and mixed by Angus Lyon at Gran’s House studio in South Lanarkshire before being mastered at the renowned Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian.

Competition finalist, Ali Levack, playing whistles and pipes (Maryburgh) is not able to make the tour but does appear on the CD that has been recorded and will be available at the gigs and online.

For tickets, or further information on the tour, go to www.tmsa.org.uk

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