TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

Current TMSA Projects


TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011

The TMSA undertakes a national tour and cultural exchange programme with the talented young traditional musicians who appeared in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award 2011, along with the winner of the previous year and accompanist. The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange Programme as part of our ongoing Development Plan, is an annual event. They both exemplify our commitment to promote and develop traditional music in all areas of Scotland and include young people in that remit. A CD is produced as part of the project each year, and is generally launched after a final concert at Celtic Connections in January.

The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Competition takes place during Celtic Connections Festival in January each year. The competition is organised by Hands Up For Trad (led by former TMSA director Simon Thoumire and Clare McLaughlin) and is a well-respected and successful showcase for young performers representing the breadth of Scotland’s musical and song traditions.  Previous winners are now amongst the most successful young performers of Scottish traditional music both nationally and internationally; and this tour can assist the young musicians to make the step towards professional careers in traditional music. The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange Programme has expanded each year. It includes significant professional development for the young musicians whilst acting as a flagship example to all of the strength and vibrancy of Scottish traditional music and song.

Each year, as well as the concerts, there are a range of six Cultural Exchanges where the young musicians have the opportunity both to get together with experienced tradition bearers and also to pass on their own experiences to school age children. The interaction with the local communities is an essential element in the tour and one which the TMSA has pioneered and supports wholeheartedly.


Kristan Harvey: Fiddle (2011 winner)

Alisdair Ogilvy: Vocals

Lorne MacDougall: Pipes and Whistles

Mairi Chaimbeul: Gaelic song and Clarsach

Tina Rees: Piano

Andrew Waite: Accordian

Daniel Thorpe: Fiddle (2010 winner)


Tour Dates
See Events page for details.

You can purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2011 online by visiting the TMSA shop, through Amazon, or download a copy through iTunes.


Amazon Young Trad Tour 2011 CD and Download


iTunes Young Trad Tour 2011 Download


Tour Sponsors/Supporters
Creative Scotland

Hands up for Trad

Stagecoach Group

The Robertson Trust