BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Mucisian of the Year 2015

February 03, 2015

Well, its been some weekend. First of all, well done to Claire Hastings! I’ve had the best time competing in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

I’ve met some really amazing talented people, and it was an absolute dream to make it to the final. I can’t wait to go on tour with all the other finalists, its going to be a good one.

If you didn’t catch the final on BBC Alba, you can watch it on playback, just follow the link. I’m first on!…/bbc-radio-scotland-young-traditional…

BBC younf trad final pic

Burns and Celtic Connections

January 29, 2015

I’m all haggis-ed out after the last few weeks.  However, my last Burns event of the year is today at the Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce Burns lunch, at Ingliston Equestrian Centre.

Celtic Connections is nearly over! But there is still one more weekend of madness! I’m really looking forward to be performing at some great gigs over the weekend. I’ll be appearing at the Glasgow City Halls on Sunday 1st Feb. for the finals of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

I’ll also be performing with Barluath tomorrow night (Friday 30th Jan) at the Òran Mòr at 7.30pm. You’ll get a chance to hear material on our new album, and we might even have a pre-launch at the gig!


In other news, myself and Alistair Paterson have been accepted as part of the Live Music Now scheme, which aims to give disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to experience live music. We’re getting some great material together at the moment for new and exciting projects. We’ll keep you posted!






A New Project and Some Sun

November 25, 2014

Last week myself and Grant McFarlane flew out to Mount Dora, Florida for a week to take part in a new musical project.

As part of the Mount Dora Highland Games, we were to create a show for the community.

It ended up being quite a large production that included the sixty piece Mount Dora High School Band, and other very talented individuals.

This mission of the show was to merge the transatlantic traditions, and show how the music has travelled from Scotland, and evolved in America. To show this connection myself and Grant played with a very talented jazz guitarist from Mount Dora High School: Conor Axon, as well as performing numbers with the Mount Dora High School Band.

The show was hosted by David Christie, and there were many other great performances from Donald McCallum, an previous Epcot performer.

Along with the main show, myself and Grant had the honour of performing America the Beautiful to open the Highland Games. We also very much enjoyed playing for the residents of The Waterman Retirement Village, and the Mount Dora Rotary Club.

I would like to say a big thank you to the Findlay Family who hosted us, and took such good care of us in Mount Dora, and everyone that made the trip and the show possible.

Along with the hard work, on our day off, we of course had to go to Harry Potter Land at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. It would have been rude not to.

In other news, Barluath have been nominated for best up and coming act at The Trad Awards. It is such a great honour to be nominated especially when we are up against so many fantastic acts, including our very good friends CherryGrove.

The event will be held in Inverness on December 13th, and will be live on Radio and televised, which is quite exciting.

If you would like to vote for us, all
you need to do is follow the link below.



It’s still October, and it’s all still happening!

October 24, 2014

What a few weeks it’s been! First of all, I’m so glad to announce that I’ve made it to the finals of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The decision was made after a residential weekend held at Wiston Lodge, where all the semi-finalists took part in workshops, ranging from self promotion to Tai Chi! This was a great opportunity to hear from the industries best; Simon Thoumire, Jennifer McGlone from Glow Arts, and Craig Corse from Twenty Two Promotions.

The finals of BBC Young traditional Musician of the Year will be held on the last evening of celtic connections, Sunday 1st February at City Halls, Glasgow.

Last week was also incredibly busy with The Royal National Mòd in Inverness. I had the absolute pleasure of being there with my family, who were there every day cheering me on.

It was my first bash at the Gold Medal, and I’m so chuffed to have won a 1st and 3rd in the qualifying competitions, which resulted in me continuing to the final, where I was placed 2nd. It was such an incredible experience, and I’m already looking forward to the Mòd in Oban next year.

This week I’be be recording Barluath’s new album at Gorbals Sound. We’ve got some amazing material for you to hear.

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our kickstarter, it means we can really give this project our all, and present you with some really great music.