Trad: Young Roots Concert

Siobhan Miller

One of Scotland’s foremost singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards.

Her hotly anticipated second album, Strata, released in February 2017 to wide critical acclaim – including ’Top of the World’ with Songlines magazine – sees Siobhan re-imagining a number of songs, handpicked from those which she grew up amongst and performed in her youth. As “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song” (Scotland on Sunday) her chosen material reflects on her musical upbringing whilst forging a unique path forward – with stunning vocal performances atop the instrumental talents of Euan Burton (double bass) and Aaron Jones (guitar).

The festival committee is delighted to welcome Siobhan back to Innerleithen, making it her 4th appearance here.   It’s been wonderful seeing her career blossom over the years !

Iona Fyfe

An Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2017, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. Described as “one of the most sunning voices on the circuit today” (Artree), “East”, her debut 6-track EP encapsulating North East folksong was received with great acclaim.

Hailing from Huntly, Iona draws inspiration from source and revivalist singers and is a fine interpreter of traditional folksong in a contemporary yet sympathetic manner. A BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award competitor, she has performed at venues such as The Music Hall Aberdeen, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, the Mitchell Theatre and most recently The Royal Albert Hall in London. With her band, Iona has performed at high profile festivals such as Celtic Connections, Orkney Folk Festival and Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy. In 2017, she looks forward to appearances at folk clubs and festivals such as Stonehaven Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Sark Festival.  Iona is currently working on her debut album, which is set for release in January 2018.

Sally Simpson

“Aged five, I heard my Aunt playing traditional fiddle music at a family gathering and I was hooked. This started a musical journey which has thus far taken me from my home in Portobello, where I was taught classical and traditional music by Mairi Campbell, to The Royal Music College in Stockholm, via Sgoil Chuil na Gaedhealtachd in Plockton and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where I graduated with a first class honours degree in Scottish Music. In my early teens I was hugely inspired by the Shetland fiddle traditions, but currently I’m more influenced by West Coast style ornamentation and a passion for Swedish Folk Music- an unusual combination perhaps! The Swedish style of combining two melody instruments as opposed to working with an accompanist really fascinates me. There is a very close connection to dancing in Swedish Folk music, really forcing you to get under the skin of the tune and discover how the ornamentation and pulse of the tune shapes the collaboration between dancer and musician. This approach is something I am very keen to now apply to my Scottish repertoire. In my time in Sweden I also become interested in Oldtime American music, in which I found a close connection to the Scottish style of playing.

Notable past performances/collaborations include:

  • Strathspey and Surreal at Celtic Connections
  • multiple appearances at Scots Fiddle Festival (with Catriona Hawksworth/Michael Ferrie, and again with Magdalena Eriksson)
  • Geiteberg folk festival in duo with Markus Räsänen
  • a sold out solo concert at Stallet, Stockholm’s foremost folk and world music venue
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Bard in the Botanics/RCS – musical director/performer)
  • The Royal Albert Hall with Feis Rois.

Calum Morrison

Hailing from Glasgow, Calum grew up listening to Traditional Scottish and Irish music. With strong musical roots from his family from Donegal he developed a keen interest in folk music and song from Ireland and around him in Scotland.

Calum is a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s BA(Hons) Scottish Music degree. He became well-known in Glasgow’s session scene for his dynamic yet rhythmic guitar playing. Since graduating Calum has toured across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America with various groups such as the National Theatre of Scotland and Celtic Legends. His guitar playing and singing has been influenced by the likes of Paul Brady, Dick Gaughan and Kris Drever. In addition to playing the guitar and singing, he also plays the banjo, tenor guitar, bodhran and Highland Bagpipes.

Nomad Beat

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– To promote music and musicianship
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– To work in partnership to support others in the wider community
– To seek and develop opportunities for international cooperation within the above objectives
– To reduce isolation through shared musical development, education and opportunities

Traditional Music Forum

The TMF is a network of over 100 music organisations and individuals supporting Scotland’s vibrant traditional music community. We include clubs, festivals, community music projects, academic institutions, promoters, agents, publishers, tutors, performers and labels among our members; representing a broad sweep of diverse activity and thousands of musicians, enthusiasts, activists, participants and listeners across Scotland.

The Traditional Music Forum, supported by Creative Scotland, aims to be:

  • Visible – and available, a first point of contact;
  • Vocal – a credible and authoritative advocate for traditional music;
  • Valuable – an effective representative of traditional music organisations in Scotland.

The Forum advocates the place for traditional music at the heart of Scottish life and works to promote the widest possible access to it. It is a key resource for information and advice on traditional music for Creative Scotland and other public bodies.


Saturday August 19, 7:30pm


Innerleithen Parish Church

Ticket Price:

£10 (under 16s, £5)