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Liam Ross

Liam began playing at the age of eleven. He was awarded the Ewen Stewart Trophy for outstanding achievement in music from Invergordon Academy. He is a highly qualified musician with a Bachelor Of Arts with Honours in Applied Music and is now studying with the University of the Highlands and Islands for a MA degree in Music and the Environment. He thrills crowds with his range of original songs and classic covers which showcase his lighting fast, finger picking style.
Whenever he takes to a stage he seamlessly blends his guitar playing, humor, emotion and commanding stage presence to engage a range of audiences. This was seen in his appearances at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival and the Perthshire Amber to name but a few. Liam’s music is influenced by such artists as Fleetwood Mac, Dire Straits and Tommy Emmanuel. Celtic music is also an underlying influence behind his own songs. Mondays would not be ideal.

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Kate Griffin

Kate Griffin is contemporary artist fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish whistle and the spellbinding tabla drums of North India.

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Bethay Wappler

Originally from the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, singer/songwriter Bethany Wappler, loved and explored music from a young age and now is based in Perth as she is currently studying for her BA (Hons) in Popular Music.She has played gigs in venues such as The Ironworks and Hootananny in Inverness, Buskers in Dundee and The Green Room in Perth over the past few years. Bethany is currently writing and recording her second EP which is to be released next year.She is always looking for opportunities to develop her technical skills and collaborate with creative professionals, and continue to push herself in stretching her imagination and musical boundaries. Bethany released her debut EP ‘Moments’ on October 6th 2017 which is available to buy or stream via Itunes, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer.

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Baile

Baile are a new, up and coming trad band based in the hub of the Glasgow trad scene. The band’s sound comes from the use of the Scottish Border Pipes, Whistles and Fiddle with the backing of Bodhran and Guitar combined to make at times, a huge and driving sound and at others, delicate, weaving melodies. The band formed towards the end of 2016 before launching straight into 2017 with a jumpstarting performance at Celtic Connections Festival Club. The band recorded their debut EP in May and released it on Claytara Records in July followed up by a 9 day tour to support the release.

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Shelagh McKay Jones

Shelagh McKay Jones – Singer-Songwriter from Greenock, described as a local luminary, tells stories of love, life and laughter with well-crafted songs. A Capella and self-accompanied in her individual percussive guitar style she won Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival 2014, DKOS at CC2015 and shared stages with Alastair McDonald, Gaberlunzie, Rab Noakes, Archie Fisher, Jez Lowe, James Keelaghan, Sylvia Barnes, Siobhan Miller, James Grant and Maisie Peters. Shelagh is also the founder/organiser/presenter/promoter of SongWriters Uncovered Series – a series of concerts held in the Beacon Arts Centre throughout 2017 & 2018 and now expanding to include community concerts throughout Inverclyde in 2019 – and Permission to Sing & Freedom with SongWriting workshops. Currently working on her first full album of original songs Shelagh is also a founding member/writer/composer with The Fusioneers (Scottish Indian fusion band) performing a gig theatre show Barra to Bengal. She is also working on a new gig theatre show about the life of legendary Yorkshire Dales shepherdess Hannah Hauxwell and aims to have written 50 songs before she turns 51 in 2019. Shelagh is also a campaigner and fundraiser for people with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorder & Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes and has just started an MSc with the Open University through which she hopes to carry out much needed research into symptoms of this group of chronic lifelong invisible illnesses.

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McLaren and McInnes

Ellie

I started having fiddle lessons aged 8 with Heather Anderson, and later with Paul Anderson. When I was 13, I began playing with the Gordon Duncan Experience in Perth and continued this for 3 years. I toured with the Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail in the summer of 2016 and 2017, both years included an exchange project with the Inishowen Traditional Music Project from Donegal, Ireland. For my last year at school, I moved to Plockton High School to attend the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, this is where I met Corina. In 2017, I was invited to join Hjaltibonhoga – Shetland Fiddlers, playing with them at the 2017 and 2018 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoos as well as the Norwegian Military Tattoo in Oslo in April this year. I now study on the BA Applied Music Course at the University of the Highlands and Islands, alongside Corina. I also regularly play for ceilidhs, leading the band and calling the dances.

Corina

I started playing the harp aged 8, receiving lessons from Jenny Masterson, and later her brother Colin Masterson taught me guitar. When Jenny left Harris, I got lessons from Judy Morrison and then Mischa MacPherson. I also attended the Centre of Excellence in Plockton, for two years, this is where myself and Ellie met, and we began playing together. During my time here, I received lessons from Ingrid Henderson. In 2015, I represented Feis Eilean na Hearadh at Celtic Connections and the Blas Festival, I now tutor at this Feis. In 2016, I was part of the Western Isles Ceilidh trail. When I left school, I also began studying on the Applied Music course with Ellie.

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GU Folk Music Group

The Glasgow University Folk Music Group is a trad-based university society which meets once a week. We learn a tune or two a week, and then go and play a session. Anyone (not only Glasgow University students) is allowed to join, and everyone is encouraged to do so. We have played at Celtic Connections on Campus the last few years and have really enjoyed it every year. We are excited to return in 2019

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Calum MacKenzie Jones

Prolific young singer-songwriter from Oran, Moray. Creating original material encompassing many musical genres – Folk, Country, Blues, Traditional and Celtic Rock.
2017 was a great year for this young musician, his debut single was showcased by Jo Whiley on BBC Radio2, tracks from his debut album received airplay on numerous stations and his 2 charity singles raised over £3000. He received positive write-ups in The Scotsman & The Sun and showcased his music on STV Liveat5.
He also hit the Festival circuit running, performing at numerous Scottish festivals including Killin (where he won the competition to open this year’s festival).
Other highlights included performing to a packed Perth Concert Hall, in the great hall of Edinburgh Castle, at SWG3 Glasgow, with the Manchester Royal College of Music Session Orchestra and supporting Brownbear, Callum Beattie & John Smith.

2018 has been equally exciting, starting with a Highly Recommended performance on the Danny Kyle stage at Celtic Connections and the release of his Debut Scottish Folk EP. It continued with performances at a plethora of festivals including YouthBeatz, Belladrum, Tiree and main stage slots at both Eden and Killin Music festivals as well as support slots with Skerryvore at The Arc Sessions, Toni Christie on the Scottish leg of his tour and Elephant Sessions at The Ironworks.
His Second Album is due for release later this month and many festival performances have already been confirmed for next year including his first English performance at Beardy Folk Festival in Shropshire. (Unfortunately sue to tech issues we are only able to bring you one song from Calum’s 2019 performance)

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