Charlie Grey & Joseph Peach

Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach make music on the piano and fiddle. They are Scottish folk musicians, interested in making music filled with spontaneity, sensitivity and freedom.

Inspiration comes from their pasts and surroundings, feeding music that’s rooted in tradition, whilst stretching it’s possibilities through improvisation and imagination.

Following the release of their debut album Waves Rise from Quiet Water, the duo reached the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and FATEA Magazine’s Instrumental Album of the Year Award.
Notable performances include a live BBC Radio 2 broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall, Cambridge Folk Festival, and Festival Interceltique de Lorient, as well as making music for theatre in Findhorn Bay Festival’s original production “The Buke of the Howlat”.

2019 sees the release of Air Iomall- a film and suite of new music, inspired by a voyage aboard the tall ship Wylde Swan to some now uninhabited islands deep in the North Atlantic, some of Scotland’s most remote, and remarkable places. The film is centered around the first performance of this new music on St Kilda- the most remote part of the UK, on the 88th anniversary of the evacuation of its native population.



The Young Folk

The Young Folk are hardly a strict folk outfir, they acknowledge their folky infuences and assert youthful personality with a self-composed alt-folk-pop.

Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, and having spent the last couple of years touring Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, USA, New Zealand, performed at SXSW in Texas, Milwaukee Irish Fest, Eurosonic in The Netherlands, Kansas City Folk Festival, Celtic Connections amongst many others.

Their sophomore album, First Sign of Morning (2017), has received strong reviews across Europe, including plays on BBC Radio 2, and quotes such as ‘intoxicating voices, punctuating, warm harmonies that illuminate the horizon of a fiery energy’ (Pause Musicale, France).

Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins ranks as a notable fan, organising TYF for multiple performances at his official residence on numerous occasions. theyoungfolk.com

Maggie Carty & Máirtín Staunton

Maggie Carty (banjo, vocals) and Máirtín Staunton(flute,vocals), return to the NCF in 2019 with their rhythmic music from the core of their West of Ireland heritage. After a year in Australia they explore the link between Ireland and Australia and the history that binds them through their music and song. Their harmonious vocals reminiscent of Cash and Carter with an Irish folk twist, a treat for the soul. 

Inyal (Scotland)

With their innovative fusion of mercurial tunes, ethereal songs and intricate electronics, INYAL have crafted a sound that owes as much to their traditional roots as it does to the rhythms of modern Scotland. Nominated as ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, INYAL have garnered a reputation for genre-defying compositions which belong to both Glasgow’s underground scene and its folk tradition. They expertly place reverberating synthesisers alongside deft drumming, melodic arrangements and the captivating Gaelic song of Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, Josie Duncan. Their melting pot of styles has led to the band’s live show being showcased on BBC Alba and RTÉ, as well as on the mainstages of festivals around the country, including Celtic Connections and the Hebridean Celtic Festival. With their self-titled debut album now available, the band is established as one of Scotland’s most essential live acts.

Duncan Chisholm (Scotland)

Duncan Chisholm is one of the most accomplished and authentic interpreters of traditional Highland fiddle music. His music is elegant, trancelike and tender, laced with strokes of genius. The natural elements that make the Highlands of Scotland such a unique canvas are the force and motivation behind his music. Duncan Chisholm, awarded Composer of the Year 2018 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards ceremony and the celebrations continued when Duncan’s latest album Sandwood was awarded Album of the Year 2018.

The Lumber Jills (Canada)

 

On Canada’s East Coast there is a time honoured tradition of fiddling and step-dancing and young people still preserve the music of their ancestors. On the long cold winter nights, the communities of old, gathered for music named for the lumbering, fishing and maple syrup traditions. Candles burned bright in the barn rafters as step dancers and square dancers celebrated another year of pioneer survival. A ‘lumberjack’ is a word long used to describe the men who conquered the vast Canadian forests and often would fiddle into the wee dawn. Now we introduce you to The Lumber Jills. All National, youth championship, female fiddlers and dancers; Amélie, Martha, Machaela and Janelle are from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada and have promoted their culture across Canada, Ireland, Belgium, France and even Scotland's Isle of Lewis. All under the age of 20 years and with multiple awards for their heritage music and dancing; their Acadian, Scottish and Irish ancestry burns in their fiery traditional tunes from one of Canada’s smallest provinces.

Feis Rois

Fèis Rois to strengthen partnership with National Celtic Festival, Australia

Six years after the first group of Fèis Rois musicians travelled to Victoria, Australia, the organisation returns for a fourth time in 2019 with a stellar line up of Scottish artists, as well as a new collaborative education project with the National Celtic Festival .

 



Tim Scanlan Trio

One-man band Tim Scanlan teams up with fiddler Mana Okubo (John John Festival, JPN) and slide didgeridoo maestro Rhys Crimmin, to mix ancient tunes and drones with modern beats and sounds. Over the past 3 years they've taken their music around the world from the streets of the Edinburgh Fringe to the live houses of Tokyo, where they recorded a live album of Quebecois and Irish and tunes and songs, plus more.