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TMSA Young Trad Tour 2007 at the Sage Gateshead
TMSA (Traditional Music and Song Association will be showcasing 9 of Scotland’s finest young musicians in a nation wide tour this month from the Highlands to the Borders and including a night at The Sage Gateshead, the only English stop on the tour.

Scotland’s finest young musicians originally battled it out in the grand final at the City Halls, Glasgow in January, as part of Celtic Connections. This was the first year the event was broadcast live on Radio Scotland, hosted by Archie Fisher and Mary Ann Kennedy illustrating the interest if the media in our up and coming performers.

After what was a closely fought competition, Catriona Watt (19) from the Isle of Lewis won the coveted title with her moving and beautiful performance of Gaelic Song. Currently a student on the traditional music course at RSAMD, Catriona is also a fiddler and singer with all-girl band Teine.

The other musicians on the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2007 are Edinburgh based fiddler, Mike Vass, Gaelic singer Darren Maclean, Glasgow based button accordionist Martin Hunter, Canadian born piper, Calum MacCrimmon and flautist Calum Stewart from Garmouth in Morayshire. Calum was a former student at the Traditional Music course in Newcastle and is really looking forward to playing in what he considers as his second home. Accompanists this year will be local hero Innes Watson on guitar and Mhairi Hall on keyboard.

Date for the Sage Gateshead event is Monday September 24th at 8pm and tickets can be booked by phoning the Box Office on 0191 443 4661.

The TMSA gratefully acknowledges support from the Scottish Arts Council for this tour would also like to thank the Stagecoach Group as principal sponsors for this event and the Scottish Building Society.

‘Having seen the competitions in Glasgow each year it has been established, and the tours, I can assure you that the tours are musically more interesting and of greater variety. The nerves and concerns about winning are no longer a factor, and the musicians, under the guidance of the musical director Corrina Hewat will have worked up pieces to do in duos and ensemble line ups, rather than just performing solos. The last time we hosted a section of the tour the event was a sell out, appealing to both aficionados and new comers. This is an ideal opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow today! Do catch the tour if you can.’
Mark Morpurgo, Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop

Full details of all the tour dates and contact information can be found on the TMSA website www.tmsa.org.uk or by phoning Caroline Hewat on 01349 877434.














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