Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth

A young fiddle player from Helensburgh, Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. His style is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision.

Having been a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in both 2015 and 2016, Ryan was named Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2016. He was also nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018, and awarded Folking.com's Musician of the Year title, also last year.

Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes. He is also heavily influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare, fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes, and Tommy Potts from Dublin.

Ryan's debut album was recorded with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis (who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck), and launched at the Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes; The Gloaming).

Ryan appears in Orkney with driving guitar accompaniment from Jenn Butterworth.