Award-winning fiddle player Ryan Young is due to release his first album this summer, and samples have now been released.
Hard copies of the self-titled album area available via the website of the Cardross musician, who was voted ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at December’s MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
It was, produced and engineered by triple Grammy award-winning Jesse Lewis Opera Theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and draws heavily from Ryan’s Scottish roots, while borrowing from Irish fiddle styles, to bring inventive twists to old and forgotten tunes.
His unique approach to Scottish folk music has prompted descriptions of Ryan leading a ‘new wave’ of Scottish traditional musicians, who aim to bring a fresh and inventive approach to the genre.
“The majority of tunes I play are from old Scottish fiddle collections,” said Ryan.
“As far as I’m aware, many of these tunes have not been played by anyone else in recent times, and I love the idea of giving voice to stories that were penned many years ago.”
Ranging from melancholy airs to upbeat jigs and reels, the tunes offer a glimpse of Scotland in past times, yet feel as relevant now as they did then.
Ryan is accompanied by James Ross on piano and Leo Forde on guitar.
Jesse Lewis said: “Ryan’s playing is so soulful, beautiful and intoxicating, and his musical pacing is way beyond his years.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with someone so clearly passionate about, and dedicated to, his art. There’s so much talent in this young man already, I can’t wait to see what the future has in store.”