Accordion player Paddy Callaghan has been named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2013 following an outstanding performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
He won the prestigious accolade at the end of a fantastic evening’s entertainment which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland.
Paddy, 26, from Glasgow, who has previously been a runner up, overcame competition from five other contestants to win a prize which has proven to be a stepping stone to greater success for previous winners.
He said: "It's frightening. The whole weekend has been a blur. I am used to playing with other people and I decided to enter again to prove to myself that I can go on stage on my own."
Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio, BBC Scotland, said: “Many congratulations to Paddy. Once again the audience was treated to a series of compelling performances from outstanding young musicians.
“This annual showcase of emerging talent has again delivered some fantastic highlights.”
Paddy secured the title against competition from Andrew Dunlop from Connel; Graham McKenzie from Inverness; Grant McFarlane from Paisley; Hannah Fisher from Dunkeld; and Scott Wood from Erskine.
Mary Ann Kennedy presented the grand final live on BBC Radio Scotland and the programme is available for the next seven days on BBC iPlayer. Highlights of the event will be broadcast on BBC ALBA on Monday, 4 February at 9.00 pm.
On bbc.co.uk/radioscotland/ there are galleries, winner’s video and on-demand content, including a link to the Radio Scotland programme.
This annual showcase of emerging talent has again delivered some fantastic highlights."