Monday, 2 February 2009

Gibson Congratulates Young Traditional Musician of the Year

News release
Immediate release


Highlands and Islands SNP MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Nairn fiddler Ruaridh Macmillan after he was named BBC Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year.

A former folk musican and former festival organiser Mr Gibson said….

"Congratulations to Ruaridh it is a great achievement for him. The title is testament to his determination to excel at his instrument and it has obviously paid off. Those that have won this award have gone onto great things in their career and I am sure he will be no exception"

"It is further testament to the strength of traditional music in the Highlands and Islands. In recent years the area has had more than its fair share of winners and nominees. It is great to see that trend continue."

"Ruaridh was a key member of the 'Harvest' production (premiered Celtic Connections) which saw young traditional musicians team up with more established acts to play Donald Shaw's composition to great critical acclaim. This is the type of production and interaction which is needed to give young traditional musicians the opportunity and confidence to progress their music."


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