The TMSA undertakes a national tour and cultural exchange programme with the talented young traditional musicians who appeared in the annual BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award, along with the winner of the previous year. The TMSA Young Trad Tour and Cultural Exchange Programme exemplify the TMSA's 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 - recorded to be available during the Tour.
The Tour takes the young musicians back to their home towns as well as other parts of Scotland so they can inspire others and thank their communities for the support they have had over the years.
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 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, the Cultural Exchange is 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.
Line-up for 2015
Claire Hastings: Song (2015 winner)
Robyn Stapleton: Song (2014 winner)
Aimsley Hamill: Song
Gemma Donald: Fiddle
Heather Downie: Clarsach
Ryan Young: Fiddle
Seamus O Baioghill: Fiddle (& pipes)
See What's On & News page in the Autumn for details of the Tour which is expected to cover Skye, Shetland, Dumfries, Cardross, Dunblane and Glasgow.
You will be able to purchase the CD of the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2015 online by visiting the TMSA shop, through Amazon, or download a copy through iTunes.
Otherwise CDs from 2004 to 2014 are available now through the TMSA Shop here.
Hands up for Trad