Battle Of The Folk Bands 2017
The finalists of Battle of the Folk Bands 2017 have been announced.
Iona Fyfe Band
This is the first Battle of The Folk Bands ran by Hands Up for Trad based on the similar folk band competitions of the 1970-90s in Edinburgh and elsewhere. Each band will perform for 15 minutes in the final on Sunday 7th May at Tradfest in Edinburgh.
Simon Thoumire, Creative Director of Hands Up for Trad said Although folk band competitions are not new this is the first time Hands Up for Trad have run Battle of the Folk Bands and we are very excited to make it about it! The idea is to encourage new bands to form and try new ideas and have a creative time whilst benefiting the scene at the same time!
Bands could have as many as five members and as little as two and can be a song band or instrumental or a mixture of the two. They don't need to have performed any gigs yet. Demos were listened to by a selected panel of musicians who are looking for musicality and originality and the five best entries got through to perform at battle of the folk bands at Tradfest on May 7th 2017. One winner will be chosen on the night.
The prizes are: performances at Celtic Connections, TradFest 2018, Skye Festival and a days recording at Caribou recordings (Scottish Borders).
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award 2017
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TALENTED fiddle player Charlie Stewart was named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2017 (Sunday Feb 5) after a rousing winning performance at Glasgows City Halls. Judges were unanimous in awarding the 21-year-old the title, now seen as the premier accolade for young musicians in their field.
Each of the six finalists gave a stirring performance, broadcast live on BBC Radio Scotland as part of Celtic Connections. But Charlie, of Glenfarg, Perthshire, had the edge during an evening of superb entertainment.
Jeff Zycinski, Head of Radio at BBC Scotland, said: "Charlie is exactly the type of performer we wanted to shine the spotlight on when we launched the search for this years winner. His stunning performance was both moving and spirited and really captivated the audience."
"Every year, the judging process becomes more difficult with musicians of such a high calibre coming through the ranks. Our six finalists were magnificent, each one stamping their set with true individuality and flair.
"It was an extremely difficult choice, but Charlie stood out on the night. He will really help to inspire and encourage the next generation of young artists to keep traditional music alive."