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BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2014

BBC ALBA – Monday 3rd February 9.00 – 11.00pm

BBC Radio Scotland Neach-ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2014

BBC ALBA - Diluain 3 Gearran 9.00 - 11.00f

BBC ALBA TO BROADCAST COVERAGE OF BBC RADIO SCOTLAND’S YOUNG TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2014

Six finalists will this year compete to take the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 and BBC ALBA viewers can enjoy the best of the awards ceremony as cameras capture all the excitement on the night for a special two hour programme.

Mary Ann Kennedy will host the event from the Grand Hall in Glasgow City Halls, which is taking place during the Celtic Connections Festival, on Sunday 2nd February.

BBC ALBA’s programme ‘BBC Radio Scotland Neach-Ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2014: BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2014’ will be broadcast on Monday 3rd February from 9.00pm until 11.00pm and the finalists will each perform for 15 minutes in a concert setting for the coveted title. Winner of the 2013 award, Paddy Callaghan, will also perform on the night before this year’s winner is announced.

The winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2014 will be awarded a recording session with BBC Scotland, performance at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, one year's membership of Musicians Union, and all finalists get the opportunity to take part in the annual Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) Young Trad Tour.

This year’s finalists are:

• Mhairi Marwick (Fochabers) – fiddle
Having grown up immersed in the culture of Scottish Traditional Music, Mhairi was hugely inspired to play the fiddle. Her first teacher was James Alexander MBE who was, and still is, a great influence and inspiration. Playing with the Fochabers Fiddlers directed by James widened and developed her traditional style. Mhairi has just received a First Class Honours in BA Applied Music at Strathclyde University and was taught by Alistair McCulloch throughout her degree.

• Alistair Iain Paterson (Bishopton) – piano
Alistair is a piper and pianist from Bishopton. He recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was fortunate to be awarded three scholarships during his studies, notably the Martyn Bennett Memorial Award in 2012. His tutors at RCS were Mary McCarthy and James Ross, but it was the playing of his Gran, Nan Maciver, that first sparked an interest in traditional music. Alistair plays with the folk band ‘Barluath’, winners of the Danny Kyle Open Stage at Celtic Connections in 2012. He has performed solo at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and toured with the National Theatre of Scotland production “A Little Bird Blown off Course”, based on the life of eminent folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw.

• Robyn Stapleton (Stranraer) – Scots Song
Robyn graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she studied on the Scottish Music course, specialising in Scots song with tutors Gordeanna McCulloch, Rod Paterson and Anne Neilson. Whilst studying for her degree, Robyn spent a year as an exchange at the University of Limerick. There she studied traditional Irish music, with singing lessons from Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. Some of her recent performances have included singing for the Prince of Wales at Dumfries House and an appearance on BBC Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ with Robbie Shepherd. Robyn is currently pursuing a career in singing in both performance and community music.

• Ian Smith (Tiree) accordion
Ian Smith is from the Isle of Tiree in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides. He began learning the accordion at the age of five under the tuition of Gordon Connel and is currently studying on the BA Scottish Music Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where he receives tuition from renowned dance band leader Ian Muir. He is also a founder member of the well known ceilidh band Trail West, who are in high demand throughout the UK and who have just released their highly anticipated debut album ‘One That Got Away’.

• Jack Badcock (Edinburgh) song, guitar
Jack Badcock is a singer and guitarist living in Edinburgh as a self employed musician. Born in Dublin, he spent the first ten years of his life in Kilkenny, Ireland before moving to Leeds where he developed an interest in traditional music. After moving to Edinburgh, Jack immersed himself in the Scottish and Irish session scene and now performs regularly with various musicians and bands.

• Neil Ewart (Kilchoan) - fiddle
Neil from Ardnamurchan was taught from an early age where he competed in the local and national Mods. At 14, Neil was accepted into the National Centre of Excellence in traditional music in Plockton, where he studied for four years. Neil moved to Glasgow not long after, where he studied music at Strathclyde University. Neil currently plays with Iain Copeland’s Sketch and the Jim Jam ceilidh band, he has also made appearances over the years with Skippinish and Skerryvore.

‘BBC Radio Scotland Neach-Ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2014: BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2014’ will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Monday 3rd February from 9.00 until 11.00pm and will be repeated on Saturday 8th February at 10.55pm.

BBC Radio Scotland’s live coverage of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, from the City Halls in Glasgow, will be broadcast on Sunday 2nd February from 5.00pm. (bbc.co.uk/radioscotland).

BBC RADIO SCOTLAND NEACH-CIÙIL TRAIDISEANTA ÒG 2014 AIR BBC ALBA

Bidh Màiri Anna NicUalraig a' toirt thugaibh cuirm far a bheil sianar luchd-ciùil òga a’ strì airson an urraim phrìseil - BBC Radio Scotland Neach-ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2014.

Tha an fharpais a’ tachairt ann an Tallaichean Bhaile Ghlaschu mar phàirt den fhèis eadar-nàiseanta Celtic Connections agus chithear an fharpais air BBC ALBA air Diluain 3 Gearran aig 9f. Cuideachd bidh Paddy Callaghan, Neach-Ciùil Traidiseanta Òg 2013 a’ cluich aig an tachartas agus cluinnear an fharpais beò air BBC Radio Scotland aig 5f.

Às dèidh an Iar-chuairt dheireannaich a chaidh a chumail san Dàmhair, chaidh sianar luchd-ciùil òg tàlantach à Alba troimhe.

Jack Badcock (Dùn Èideann) seinn òran, giotàr

Neil Ewart (Cille Chomhainn) – fidheall

Mhairi Marwick (Fachabair) – fidheall

Alistair Iain Paterson (Bishopton) – piàna

Robyn Stapleton (An t-Sròn Reamhar) – Òran Albais

Ian Smith (Tiriodh) bogsa-ciùil


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