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2012

Duration:
2 hours, 55 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 05 February 2012

Now in its 13th year, the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year award takes place once again at the City Halls in Glasgow in a live broadcast hosted by Mary Ann Kennedy. The six finalists who come from right across Scotland this year include four fiddle players and two singers and they will be competing for this coveted title which will successfully launch them into the professional world. This is one of the highlights of the Celtic Connections Festival programme and not to be missed!

The finalists are

Katie Boyle (fiddle) Glasgow
Kirsty Watt (song) Lewis
Roisin Anne Hughes (fiddle) Glasgow
Alistair Ogilvy (song) Strathblane
Rona Wilkie (fiddle, song) Oban
Catriona Pryce (fiddle) Orkney.

  • Katie Boyle (fiddle) Glasgow

    Katie Boyle (fiddle) Glasgow

    Katie graduated with a First Class Masters in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the Irish Academy of Music and Dance in 2008 where she tutored in fiddle from 2008 to 2010. Her main influences traverse the traditional fiddle idiom – from her native Scotland to her ancestral Donegal.

    She is a previous All Scotland, All Britain and All Ireland Champion. She has toured extensively in the UK and Ireland and across North America and Europe playing with acclaimed artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Donal Lunny and Dick Gaughan.

  • Kirsty Watt - song (Lewis)

    Kirsty Watt - song (Lewis)

    Kirsty has lived all of her life on the Isle of Lewis. Traditional music has always been part of her life and her closest and main influence for Gaelic singing is her beloved grandmother.

    Kirsty loves nothing more than sitting with a cup of tea and listening to her sing. She has taught Kirsty some of the most beautiful and lyrical songs that she now so loves singing. In 2010 Kirsty was Young Musician of the Year in Stornoway.

  • Roisin Anne Hughes - fiddle (Glasgow)

    Roisin Anne Hughes - fiddle (Glasgow)

    Roisin Anne learnt to play music at the Irish Minstrels branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann in St Roch’s starting at the age of 5. Her greatest influence is Frank McArdle, the musical director responsible for a long line of talented musicians coming from St Roch’s.

    Roisin Anne has been Scottish Fiddle Champion 11 times, British Fiddle Champion 5 times as well 3 times All Ireland Mouth Organ Champion. At Celtic Connections 2011 her band Yuptae (with whom she plays accordion) won a Danny Kyle Award and since then have performed at many events around Scotland. Roisin-Ann has just completed her degree in International Business and Modern Languages.

  • Alistair Ogilvy - song (Strathblane)

    Alistair Ogilvy - song (Strathblane)

    Alistair’s main instrument is his voice and he focuses on Scots song. He was a finalist in the 2011 Young Trad Award and since then his career has gone from strength to strength. He is about to make a CD with Greentrax and has just completed the TMSA Young Champions tour around Scotland.

    He is very busy performing in Scotland and has recently featured alongside Alan Reid, Jim Malcolm and Heidi Talbot. His radio work includes a performance on Robbie Shepherd’s Take the Floor.

  • Rona Wilkie - fiddle, song (Oban)

    Rona Wilkie - fiddle, song (Oban)

    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.

  • Catriona Price - fiddle (Orkney)

    Catriona Price - fiddle (Orkney)

    Catriona is at the forefront of the new wave of young talent emerging from Orkney’s traditional music scene. Having taken up the fiddle at the age of 7, Catriona was taught by Douglas Montgomery (Saltfishforty, The Chair). She graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010 and is currently studying for a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Music. Catriona performs regularly with duo Twelfth Day whose debut album was released in 2010.

    Catriona began writing tunes at an early age with several of them now included in tune books and recorded by musicians around the world.

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