The event has been running since 2001, raising the profile of Scottish traditional music and recognising rising talent in the genre. Last year’s winner from the six finalists was fiddle player Benedict Morris from Glasgow (photo above). The competition is a great opportunity for young musicians to showcase their talents and to take another step forward in their career.
As ever the semi-finals are full of 12 instrumentalists and singers from all round the country. They are:
Calum McIlroy – Guitar, Mandolin, Scots song (Aberdeenshire)
Savannah Donohoe – Flute (Ireland)
Eddie Seaman – Pipes/Whistles (Edinburgh)
Ciorstaidh Chaimbeul – Accordion (Skye)
Scott Figgins – Highland Bagpipes (Irvine)
John Dew – Highland Bagpipes (Crieff)
Padruig Morrison – Accordion (Uist)
Josie Duncan – Voice (Lewis)
Cameron Nixon – Voice (Aberdeen)
Steaphanaidh Chaimbeul – Voice (Skye)
Alexander (Ali) Levack – Whistles, Bagpipes (Dingwall)
Mhairi Mackinnon – Fiddle (Perthshire)
The semi-finals will be held in Coulter Hall, Coulter, South Lanarkshire on the 23rd November at 7.30pm.
The final BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020, which is organised with Hands Up for Trad, will be held on Sunday 2 February 2020 in City Halls, Glasgow as part of Celtic Connections and will be broadcast live on the station.