Young Trad Winner: Rona Wilkie

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Rona Wilkie - Winner Young Trad 2012 - full set

The winning set from fiddle player Rona Wilkie.


Hails from: Oban

Instrument: Fiddle, Voice

Congratulations to Rona who won despite a nasty throat!

Biography

Having grown up in a musical family, Rona was introduced to traditional music as a baby, and grew up being simultaneously trained in both Highland fiddle style and classical music. She became interested in singing when she attended Gaelic Medium Primary School. Rona led fiddle group Gizzen Briggs for several years performing at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in front of the Queen and First Minister in 2004. She has taught at several fiddle camps in the USA and has played alongside many wonderful musicians such April Verch, Brian Wicklund and Brad Leftwich in cross-genre performances. Rona is currently studying for a Masters Degree at Newcastle University and, with the performance aspect, aims to fuse Highland music with that of the Americas, drawing particularly on Appalachian melodies.

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