TMSA - Young Trad Tour 2009 (3 stars)

TMSA - Young Trad Tour 2009

The bands assembled annually by the Traditional Music and Song Association for the Young Trad Tour draw their personnel from the finalists in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, fought out each January at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. This year’s line-up features both the winner of the 2009 title, fiddler Ruairidh MacMillan from Nairn, and his counterpart from 2008, guitarist and singer Ewan Robertson from Carrbridge.

The line-up is completed by the rest of the 2009 finalists (all male, unusually) – Lorne MacDougall (Argyll, pipes), Adam Holmes (Edinburgh, guitar and song), Kenneth Nicolson (Lewis, Gaelic song), Jack Smedley (Buckie, fiddle) and Daniel Thorpe (Inverness, fiddle). They cover a broad range of both traditional and contemporary tunes and songs, but the instrumentals come over as more convincing than the songs at this stage of their development.


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