26 September 2010
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2011 Semi-finalists announced.

The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award is eleven years old this year and again we have a great lineup of young musicians for the semi-finals. From pipes and song to fiddle, accordion and harp we’ve got an excellent night of music ahead on Saturday 9th October in South Lanarkshire. Also this year we have a 2/3 ratio of women to men musicians which is the first time this has happened.

The musicians are:

Mairi Chaimbeul - Gaelic song, clarsach (Kyle of Lochalsh)
Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul - Gaelic song, clarsach (Kyle of Lochalsh)
Katie Foster - fiddle (Edinburgh)
Paul Garner - whistles (Coventry)
Kristan Harvey - fiddle (Orkney)
Lorne MacDougall - bagpipes, whistle (Carradale, Argyll)
Hannah McNeill – fiddle, song (Glasgow)
Liondsaidh Mitchell - Gaelic song (Isle of Lewis)
Alistair Ogilvy - Scots song (Strathblane)
Tina Rees - piano (Glasgow)
Eilidh Steel - fiddle (Helensburgh)
Andrew Waite - accordion (Duns)

The semi-finalist concert on Saturday 9th October is in Coulter Hall, Coulter starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 and £6 conc. The concert is a culmination of a weekend of workshops where the young musicians learn about the music business from guest speakers.
Simon Thoumire, the event organiser said: “I love this time of year when we get to meet 12 new fabulous musicians. It really is heartening to see how well traditional music is evolving through our young people.
From this concert six musicians will win through to the final on 29th January, 2011 at Celtic Connections festival, Glasgow. This is an excellent opportunity for the young musicians to hear bands, meet influential people, play an amazing concert at the City Halls, Glasgow which is broadcast to a wide audience live on BBC Radio Scotland.
This Award exists to encourage young musicians to keep their tradition alive and to maximise their musical potential by the pursuit of a career in traditional music. The winner will be provided with high profile performance opportunities and the necessary tools and advice they require to launch a career in traditional music.

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