Enjoy a virtual Hogmanay concert with some of Scotland’s top young musicians


THE TMSA Young Trad Tour came together to record an one-off live performance of their highly-acclaimed studio album recorded earlier this year in March. The video, featuring seven of Scotland’s best young musicians, will debut online at 6pm on 31 December.

Their live performance of the album was filmed in late September, in-line with Covid-19 guidelines at the time, at Adelaide’s Church in Glasgow.

The current TMSA Young Trad Tour group comprises of Benedict Morris, fiddle (Glasgow), winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition, joined by finalists:

  • Cameron Ross – fiddle (Stonehaven)
  • Catherine Tinney – voice (Isle of Skye)
  • Luc McNally – guitar / voice (Dipton)
  • Ross Miller – bagpipes (Linlithgow)
  • Sarah Markey – flute (Coatbridge)
  • Hannah Rarity – song (Dechmont) (2018 winner)

Viewers will be treated to tracks from the album, a mix of new material written and composed by these outstanding young musicians as well as innovative arrangements of traditional tunes. The concert film will be available on the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) social media channels, including Facebook and YouTube, with the performance available to watch at any time after it premieres.

TMSA convener, Fiona Campbell, said: “The current TMSA Young Trad Tour album is a brilliant showcase of some of the best up-and-coming talent Scotland has to offer.

“This live performance, captured so beautifully in Glasgow, gave our current group of young musicians, the opportunity to breathe some life in to their songs and tune sets after their tour wasn’t able to take place as planned earlier in the year – as well as the opportunity to play together which they greatly appreciated. Certainly an event to enjoy on Hogmanay and beyond.”

The album and concert film are both supported by Creative Scotland.

Kirsty MacDonald, Traditional Arts officer at Creative Scotland, said about the CD launched in June: “We are delighted to be supporting once again the TMSA Young Trad Tour. The TMSA provides these young musicians of the highest calibre with the opportunity to tour in their local areas, and to create an album which helps raise their profile at this critical early stage of their music career.”

The live performance was captured and edited by Sam Hurt with the audio recorded and mixed by John Weatherby and Kris Koren (Soundsense). The album was recorded and mixed by Angus Lyon and Chris Waite at Gran’s House studio in South Lanarkshire before being mastered at the renowned Castlesound Studios, Pencaitland, East Lothian.

The young musicians also recorded a workshop based on a song or tune featured in the concert, which will be released one by one over two weeks following the premiere.  Again these, or links to them, will be available on the TMSA social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and You Tube @TMSAScotland.

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