Sarah Hoy was born into a family steeped in musical tradition. She took up the fiddle at eight, learning from her father Derek, fiddler with classic Scots band, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, and later with Mairi Campbell, well-known fiddler, singer and step dancer. An enthusiastic learner at music events in her teens, Sarah has established her own school for young fiddlers in her area, and has taught around Scotland, England and the US. Sarah plays with a dance band, the Trows, and has performed at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Edinburgh International Festival, and played for step dancing at Ceolas on South Uist.
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Pianist/vocalist Hamish Napier (Back of The Moon, Man’s Ruin) and fiddler Adam Sutherland (Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Croft No. 5) have joined forces in a duo that explores material from traditional songs and tunes, to contemporary numbers, to their own compositions and improvisation. The duo’s raw creativity and their outstanding musical intuition shines in this set up and performances display a kind of electricity and excitement inspired by the off-the-cuff nature of their arrangements, allowing them to highlight every nuance. Each performance is unique and demonstrates the incredible talent of two of Scotland’s foremost musicians.
The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the instrument to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. The duo performs frequently in Europe, and throughout the US and Canada. They have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage, and represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival.
Gaelic supergroup Dàimh are a 5 piece band based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. From pyrotechnic jigs and reels to achingly poignant ballads, Dàimh runs the full expressive gamut of folk music at its best, and are justly renowned for their thrilling live shows. They have released 5 studio albums. Their most recent, Tuneship, once again sees the band blazing a new trail in the Scottish music scene with their own instrumental compositions skillfully integrated with traditional Gaelic Songs.
Dannsa are gaining great respect in Scotland and abroad for their traditional and innovating dancing. Believing the relationship between the music and dance is fundamental to the spirit and style, core dancers Caroline Reagh and Sandra Robertson, and piper and stepdancer Fin Moore always dance to live music – fiddle, pipes and Gaelic song. Rounding out the lineup for Celtic Colours are original member Frank McConnell, Artist in Residence Mac Morin from Cape Breton, and Scottish fiddler Sarah Hoy.
Fin Moore is a piper, born and bred. He plays the Highland pipes, Border pipes and Scottish Small Pipes and works with his father, Hamish, as a very successful pipe maker. They have nearly made 1000 sets of pipes. Fin has played solo and with bands including, Dannsa, Slainte Mhath, and Back of the Moon, winners at the Scottish traditional music awards 2003. Fin is currently playing with Dannsa, and Sarah Hoy as part of a fiddle and pipes duo, and working on new venture with 3 other pipers on reproductions of 18th Century Highland pipes playing traditional Scottish tunes.
Allan, Iain and Dr. Angus MacDonald were born in the tiny Gaelic-speaking township of Glenuig in Moidart. As pipers, Allan and “Dr. Angus” achieved the most competition success, each Highland Society of London Gold Medalists and winners of the Clasp at the Northern Meeting. Iain’s fame has come mainly from his work with folk groups, Ossian, The Battlefield Band and Wolfstone, and production credits for recordings by Julie Fowlis, Dàimh, Kathleen MacInnes and his brother Allan’s recordings with Margaret Stewart. The brothers are well-known for the Gaelic influence in their playing.
Mary Ann is an award-winning musician, producer and broadcaster. She co-founded the seminal Gaelic band, Cliar and has a long association with the Inverness Gaelic Choir. A BBC Radio 3 presenter, she runs the highly-regarded Watercolour Music studios in Lochaber. Wilma Kennedy, Mary Ann’s sister, is an actress, singer and educator with a background in theatre in education. She tutors at Plockton Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, and directs the award-winning Dundee Gaelic Choir. Mary Ann and Wilma’s cousin Maggie, also a member of Cliar, is a senior mentor in the youth tuition Fèisean movement and sings with Còisir Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis.