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Keith singer's homecoming with Scotland's best

By Staff Reporter

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A CONCERT featuring the rising stars of Scotland's traditional music scene is taking place in Keith.

Members of the Young Trad Group of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) will take to the stage in the town on August 6 as part of a Scottish tour.

And among them is singer Amy Papiransky, who is one of the touring group's six members and hails from the town.

Amy, who was a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, will be joined by winner Hannah Rarity, of West Lothian, along with fellow finalists Rory Matheson, David Shedden, Luc McNally and the 2017 winner Charlie Stewart.

Keith singer Amy Papiransky is returning home for a special performance as part of the TMSA Young Trad Tour.
Keith singer Amy Papiransky is returning home for a special performance as part of the TMSA Young Trad Tour.

Together, they are touring to their own home areas in support of their new album.

They will perform a mix of new material as well as innovative arrangements of traditional tunes and will be supported by Scottish guitarist Anna Massie.

Amy, whose debut work Read Me Write will be released in September, began singing lessons aged 11.

She also plays the fiddle and piano and toured extensively with the Strathspey Fiddlers in her teenage years.

After school, she gained a BMusEd Music Teaching degree from Aberdeen and now works part time as a music teacher in North Lanarkshire while studying for a masters in Scottish Music at the Royal Conservatoire.

TMSA convener Fiona Campbell said: "The annual TMSA Young Trad Tour and album is always a great opportunity to showcase the rising stars of Scotland's traditional music scene.

"The release of their collaborative album and forthcoming tour is really exciting for the young musicians and I have no doubt the group will act as fantastic ambassadors for both the future of traditional music and the TMSA."

The tour, which includes dates in Croy, Ullapool, Linlithgow and Allendale, is supported by Creative Scotland.

The August 6 gig takes place at The Royal Hotel and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from Mither Tongue or by contacting Sandy on 01542 882638.

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