South Scotland

Stranraer singer Robyn Stapleton wins BBC Young Traditional Musician award

Robyn Stapleton
Robyn Stapleton had the "extra wow factor" that helped her clinch the title

A singer from Stranraer has won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award for 2014.

Robyn Stapleton, 25, saw off five other finalists to take the prize at the City Halls in Glasgow.

She won a recording session with BBC Radio Scotland, a performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards and one year's membership of the Musician's Union.

She said it had been a "great experience" and she was "looking forward to an exciting year ahead".

Jeff Zycinski, head of radio for BBC Scotland, listened to all six performances and said he was once again inspired by the talent the award attracted.

"We broadcast the final concert for this event because every year the musical skills and the comprehensive content of the participants is incredible - and we are keen that the nation shares this talent," he said.

"All six finalists have done a superb job to get this far, bearing in mind the huge number of entries and shortlisting that we have filtered through to date.

"Robyn has shown the traditional skills, the young, vibrant talent and that extra wow factor that clinched the title.

"We wish her a well deserved and prosperous musical future ahead."

The other finalists were Mhairi Marwick from Fochabers; Alistair Iain Paterson of Bishopton; Tiree's Ian Smith; Jack Badcock from Edinburgh; and Neil Ewart of Kilchoan.

The awards were broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland on Sunday .