The BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award Goes to Calum McIlroy

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Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician award has been bestowed upon singer and mandolin player Calum McIlroy, a former member of the school ceilidh band. The BBC Radio Scotland contest is a prestigious platform for emerging talent, propelling many traditional music exponents to global recognition. Hailing from Westhill in Aberdeenshire, Calum’s journey in traditional music began with the school ceilidh band, followed by stints with the North East Folk Collective and the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail. After completing a music diploma in Aberdeen, he further honed his skills at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Calum also tutors and performs in his own trio, as well as with established names in the genre. Upon winning the award, he expressed gratitude and honored past winners. The finalists, including unique talents like a deaf/hard of hearing singer and step dancer, showcased remarkable performances. The winner receives various prizes, and all finalists gain valuable opportunities. Since 2001, the Young Traditional Musician competition has been promoting Scottish traditional music and recognizing emerging talent.

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