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TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013
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4 star review for TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011 now on the road - CD available online!

BBC Radio Scotland Award finalists hit the road!

The cream of Scotland’s young traditional musical talent is touring the country in the next few weeks.
Coming together as the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011, the group consists of the six finalists of this year’s BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award, together with the winner of the 2010 Award. They have recorded a studio album which is released to coincide with the tour of Scotland, which runs from 19 October to 6 November 2011.

Organised annually by the TMSA (Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland), this year’s concert and workshop tour takes in Dundee, Kirkwall, Lyth, Inverness, Aberfeldy, Livingston, Campbeltown, Portree, St Andrews, Glasgow and Coldingham as well as being featuring in three BBC Radio Scotland programmes.

On tour are the Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey (2011 winner); Lorne MacDougall from Carradale, Argyll (pipes/whistles); Tina Rees from Glasgow (piano); Alistair Ogilvy from Strathblane (Scots song); Mairi Chaimbeul from Kyle of Lochalsh, Skye (clarsach/Gaelic song); Andrew Waite from Duns in the Scottish Borders (accordion) and 2010 winner, Dan Thorpe, from Inverurie (fiddle). The album was recorded at Castlesound Studios near Edinburgh, under the musical direction of renowned Scottish composer & virtuoso harpist, Corrina Hewat.

The TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011 is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland who awarded the project from their Traditional Arts funding programme, a total of £23,000 on 15 April 2011. Andrew Dixon, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland, said: ‘Scotland’s traditional musical heritage is our global calling card and keeping these traditions alive through the skill and enthusiasm of our young people is fantastic. This tour offers up some brilliant talent for audiences across the country while taking the young people one step further in their career as musicians. If you haven’t got a ticket, please do buy one and enjoy performances from Scotland’s future stars.’

The programme is also supported by The Robertson Trust, Stagecoach Group and Glenfarg Folk Club. 

You can purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011 at performances or online by visiting iTunes:

and CDs on Amazon:

Or from the TMSA:

And you can read about the 4 star review of the Kirkwall concert

The Musicians:

Kristan Harvey: Kristan started learning fiddle at the age of 9 in Orkney’s Traditional Music project. Having graduated from the RSAMD with an honours degree in B Mus Violin in 2011, she is currently enjoying performing as a solo fiddler as well as part of upcoming folk band The Sanna. In September, Kristan made her television debut, performing as a soloist alongside the Scottish Symphony Orchestra at Proms in the Park . She takes the title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2011.

Daniel Thorpe: Dan, from Inverurie, won the 2010 Award. He has been brought up with traditional music and was involved with many groups including the Garioch Fiddlers. He studied traditional music in Plockton before graduating with honours from the RSAMD. He has recently been playing throughout Europe & the USA with folk band Malinky as well as releasing his debut album “The Curiosity Shop” in January 2011.

Lorne MacDougall: Lorne is a product of the renowned Argyllshire piping scene and is adept on Highland Pipes, Smallpipes, Border Pipes and Whistle. He has made frequent radio appearances including live sessions on Travelling Folk and Pipeline and released his first solo album, “Hello World” in 2010. His pipe band career has led him to the very top of Grade 1 playing with the cream of Scottish pipe bands, the Scottish Power Pipe Band.

Tina Rees: From Glasgow, Tina has always been surrounded by traditional music. She has played the piano and danced from a young age. She attended Limerick University in 2006 to study a BA degree and transferred to the RSAMD in 2008. It was there that she became engrossed in traditional piano playing. Among her many performances, Tina has played at Celtic Connections with The Chieftains.

Mairi Chaimbeul: Mairi, from Skye, has been performing and competing from a young age and is currently at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh where her tutors have included Catriona McKay. She was a finalist in the 2010 & 2011 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and the 2010 BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician Award. She has performed all over the UK & Europe, and was a member of Danny Kyle Award-winning band, Kilairum.

Andrew Waite: Andrew, from the Scottish Borders, learnt accordion from Iain Lowthian. He then performed with the Small Hall Band which gave him a platform to perform with other musicians. In 2007, he joined The Sage Gateshead “Folkestra” which allowed him the opportunity to perform some of his own compositions in their sets. In 2008, Andrew took part in the first ever folk day at The Proms. He plays in the band Tyde, finalists of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards.

Alistair Ogilvy: Alistair comes from Strathblane and has been singing ever since he can remember and has been influenced by his surroundings, family and artists from the folk reveival. Alistair is booked for many prestigious events, festivals and radio shows, solo and with a band: Moniaive Folk Festival; Auchtermuchty and BBC Radio Scotland‘s Take The Floor, to name a few. Alistair is the “TMSA Young Singer of Merit 2011” and is currently signed to record label ‘Greentrax’ collaborating with Mattie Foulds, Steven Polwart and Aly Macrae

Tour dates and venues:
Wed 19 Oct Marryat Hall, Caird Hall Complex, Dundee
Box Office: 01382 434 940

Thu 20 Oct appearing on BBC Radio Scotland – Travelling Folk

Sun 23 Oct Orkney Arts Theatre, Kirkwall
Tickets in advance from Grooves Record Shop, Kirkwall 01856 772 239

Tue 25 Oct Lyth Arts Centre, Lyth
Box Office: 01955 641 434
Plus appearing on BBC Radio Scotland – Global Gathering

Wed 26 Oct Bogbain Farm, Inverness
Box Office: 01463 772 800

Thu 27 Oct Breadalbane Community Campus, Aberfeldy
Tickets in advance from Community Campus, Wade’s Newsagents, Aberfeldy

Fri 28 Oct Howden Park Centre, Livingston
Box Office: 01506 777 666

Sat 29 Oct The Heritage Centre, Campbeltown
Tickets in advance from A.P. Taylors, Main Street, Campbeltown 

Plus appearing on BBC Radio Scotland Programme - Take the Floor

Thu 3 Nov Aros Centre, Portree, Skye
Box Office: 01478 613 649

Fri 4 Nov The Byre Theatre, St Andrews
Box Office: 01334 475 370

Sat 5 Nov National Piping Centre, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 353 0220

Sun 6 Nov Village Hall, Coldingham
Tickets in advance from

Photography by Louis DeCarlo