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TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013
TMSA Newsletter Issue 1 2013

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TMSA Young Trad Tour 2014 including dates & booking details

Featuring the winner and finalists of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014, as well as the winners of the 2013 competition, the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) is once again is proud to present its annual Young Trad Tour.

Current Young Traditional Musician of the Year, singer Robyn Stapleton, teams up with 2013's champion, accordionist Paddy Callaghan and the 2014 finalists; pianist Alistair Iain Paterson, Ian Smith on accordion, singer and guitarist, Jack Badcock, and fiddlers, Mhairi Marwick and Neil Ewart.

Tour dates & locations:
Tuesday 16 September, 7.00pm: Bellie’s Parish Church, Fochabers
To book tel: 01343 720 870

Monday 6 October, 7.30pm: Kilchoan Community Centre, Ardnamurchan
To book or tel: 01592 510 711

Tuesday 7 October, 7.30pm: Portpatrick Village Hall
To book tel: 07968 727 489

Wednesday 8 October, 7.30pm: An Talla, Tiree
To book tel: 07810 364 597

Tuesday 21 October, 7.30pm: The Three Sisters, 138 Cowgate, Edinburgh EH1 1JS
To book EventBrite link or tel: 0792 253 3915

TMSA Young Trad Tour 2014 CD released 13 October 2014

Glasgow - early 2015 - keep an eye out for details!

This year's band of the nation's finest young talent, also brings a cross-section of the country's regional folk scenes to the table. Whilst most of the musicians are now based in Glasgow and Edinburgh's thriving folk scenes, they were all brought up surrounded by diverse traditions.

A native of Stranraer, Robyn Stapleton studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, receiving tuition from prominent figures in Scottish song, Anne Neilson, Rod Paterson and Gordeanna McCulloch. Paddy Callaghan draws from the strong Irish connection to Scottish music - having been introduced to the music through the Glasgow Irish scene, and in particular the St. Roch’s Ceili Band and the legendary Frank McArdle.

Also drawing on Irish influences, Jack Badcock is originally from Kilkenny, yet it was living in Leeds that led him to discover traditional music – which is now furthering from his Edinburgh base. Staying in the central belt, Alistair Iain Paterson is from Bishopton, and his musical routes go back to his Gran, Nan Maciver, who first sparked his interest in traditional music – and led him to being awarded four scholarships at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Bringing west coast styles to the table, Ian Smith is from the Isle of Tiree, in the Inner Hebrides. It was there that he received his first accordion lesson, aged just five, from Gordon Connel – a man credited with teaching accordion to some 200 people (on an island of just 650). Not far from Tiree is the Ardnamurchan peninsula of Lochaber, from where Neil Ewart hails. Having competed in local and national Mods from a young age, he studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music, in Plockton, as a teenager, and latterly in Glasgow too.

Continuing north, and completing this year’s band, Mhairi Marwick is originally from Fochabers, in Moray. It was here that she received lessons from James Alexander MBE, a lynchpin of the local scene that continues to influence her playing style today.

A CD produced by the seven musicians under the eye of experienced musical director, Corrina Hewat, assisted by well-known Nairn fiddler, Mike Vass (a former Young Trad Tour participant, from 2007) and recorded at Castlesound Studios, will be available at the concerts and through the TMSA website.

The project has been made possible through funding support from The Robertson Trust, the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, as well as assistance with the Tiree leg from Loganair and other private sources.

The Tour will visit Kilchoan, Portpatrick, Tiree and Edinburgh, having already visited Fochabers earlier in the autumn and visit Glasgow in early 2015.

Further Information

E-mail: office@tmsa,