THIS SATURDAY 12th Jan – Ryan Young Music at String Jam Club, Selkirk 7.30pm-11pm


The County Hotel
1-5 High Street
Selkirk, Scottish Borders TD7 4BZ
Tel: 01750-705000

Fiddle player Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music. He recorded his debut album with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck. Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, as well as Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up And Coming Artist of the Year’. He was nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was the winner of’s Best Musician for 2018. Ryan Young, despite his comparatively young years, is already on his way to becoming a folk giant.

Ryan launched his debut album at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, Ireland where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes – The Gloaming). Heavily influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and long fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin, Ryan actually focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way, infused with Irish fiddle stylings.

Ryan’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance. In his own words: “I want to play in a way that allows the music to flow through me, and it is the music that is heard, rather than any technical or lack of technical ability. In the end, I think that playing in a heart-felt way is all that should matter.” That last sentence says everything you need to know about this extraordinary musician. His technical skill is beyond most people’s reach. It is simply stunning. But when you actually listen to the music that is channelling through him, what takes your breath away is not the technicality, but its emotional intensity and lyricism, passion and sensitivity, and a profound musicality that will touch even the stoniest of hearts.

Ryan appears with driving guitar accompaniment from Jenn Butterworth.

“A force of nature.” (***** 5 STARS The Scotsman”)
“Leading the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young” (BBC World on 3 – August 2017)
“Young’s playing is so richly expressive, channelling such deep emotion, that it feels like a dramatic performance in a theatre…one feels that here we have a potential heir to Duncan Chisholm for sheer emotional intensity. It’s a remarkably mature debut album from one so young.” (Paul Matheson, Folk Roots 2017)
“Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world.” Aidan O’Rourke (Lau)
“His self-titled debut album simply brims over with originality and talent.” ( – August 2017)
“Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery just takes flight, soars and swoops.” (Folk Wales Magazine – July 2017)
“…the man makes the fiddle articulate the widest range of emotions and illustrations – and listening to him play you realise he is surely in possession of a magnificent gift.” (FolkWords – July 2017)
“Nuance, wit, risk-taking, contrast and above all a real sense of joy in making music were all there in abundance and Young’s solo feature, where he appeared to have been truly possessed by the melodies, was as exciting as it was uplifting.” (Rob Adams, The Herald)

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Tickets £14 are also available direct from the County Hotel. Book by phone 01750-705000 for collection on the night, or you can pay on the door, subject to availability. 10% off County Hotel restaurant meals 6-7 pm for ticket-holders.

ENDS 11.00 PM (approx)
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