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Sarah Naylor is one of Scotland's leading young traditional musicians
with a fiddle style that is both technically accomplished and emotionally
communicative. The assured playing that has impressed judges at competitions including The Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year 2005 and The Oban Fiddle Masters 2004, which Sarah won, belies the reluctant first steps that she made as a nine year old on her first instrument, the home-made fiddle which Sarah's mother created out of a man-size Kleenex tissue box.
Sarah was born on the Isle of Skye and grew up in the small fishing
village of Uig at the north end of the island. Her grand mother, June Halliday, played fiddle and having been taught by the much-loved and
respected Highland fiddler and tunesmith Donald Riddel, was keen for Sarah to carry on the family tradition.
Sarah wasn't so sure, but after wrestling with her cardboard box
while lessons were being arranged, she took to her first proper fiddle
enthusiastically and within a year was playing in a fiddle group and busking on Uig pier during the summer months for modest returns. She also became a founder member of the award winning show Skye Scene, which she worked with for seven years.
Attending summer courses in her teens at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic
college on Skye, brought Sarah into direct contact with world famous
musicians, including Buddy MacMaster, Bruce MacGregor and Alasdair Fraser, who introduced her to material and techniques that have greatly influenced the energetic and fun side of her playing.
Another visitor, Hanneka Cassels, a fiddler from Boston and a graduate
of Berklee College of Music, in Massachusetts, was particularly
influential, encouraging Sarah to invent her own tunes and giving her the confidence to experiment with all styles of fiddle music, As a result, Sarah has a real love for contemporary music and for developing grooves and riffs from the traditional Appalachian and Bluegrass fiddle strains and working them into her own style.
At the same time, as a student of the old style of Scottish fiddling,
which she originally learned from Christine Martin on Skye and continues to
study with Hugh MacGilp, Sarah also remains passionate about Scottish music.
She was runner-up in the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship 2004 and she
enjoys passing on old Scots tunes and fiddling tips to school pupils through
her education work for Celtic Connections in Glasgow, the Hebridean Celtic
Music Festival on Lewis, and the Feisean movement throughout the Scottish
Highlands and Islands
In March 2004, as part of her BA Applied Arts course at Strathclyde
University, Sarah travelled to the United States, where she taught
traditional music to young children and small communities and played concerts in New York and Pennsylvania. She returned to the US in December 2004 to play more concerts in Chicago and will perform main stage this September at Chicago's Celtic Festival. As well as reaching the final of the Scottish Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2005, Sarah has won a Celtic Connections Danny award.
Sarah graduated with First Class Honours form Strathclyde University, Glasgow, with a BA in Applied Music. She was awarded the Alexander Stone prize for excellence in Solo Performance and she hopes to continue developing as a soloist and in her duo with Douglas Millar.
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Raised in Galloway, Amy is now at the forefront of contemporary Scottish Fiddle playing as a performer,<a href="https://www.topclonewatch.me/">swiss replica watches</a> teacher and composer. She has performed in Scotland and Europe with various artists including Tannas, the Scottish Step Dance Company and Savourna Stevenson and now works primarily with all female group Maysha.
Her fiddle style has developed over the years through playing with a numerous musicians in an eclectic variety of musical styles including, for example, a performance on a tribute album to Brian Wilson and this year a new piece of music for the Edinburgh Mela, working with Chinese and Pakistani musicians.
This all converges to result in an assured and unique fiddle style firmly rooted in Scotland yet enhanced by an increasingly broad wealth of musical experience. Amy is now based in Edinburgh and is a full time musician, performer and teacher.
We are now running out of school youth monthly mandolin and fiddle workshops, in Strachur, supported by the Youth Music Initiative Scheme.
For mandolin tuition, FiddleFolk has joined forces with the Lanarkshire Mandolin Association. Alan Jones will travel from Hamilton for each of the Workshops. As well as playing for the Ceilidh Band Hot Toddy, Alan teaches at Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and for South Lanarkshire Council. So the youngsters will be benefiting from some of the best available tutors around!
This scheme, started in October 2009, brings together youngsters from different geographic areas, and of mixed ages and musical abilities.