Ryan Young is an emerging young fiddle player from Scotland - one of a 'new wave' of young players bringing fresh and inventive ideas to traditional Scottish music.
Ryan's fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision.
Ryan Young performing with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill at Feakle Festival, Ireland 2017
Ryan Young's violin sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance. Ryan studied and graduated with a first class honours degree in Scottish Music from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has now also completed his Master's in Music. Ryan is a two time BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee, a Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winner and was as a finalist in BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2015 and 2016. Ryan played at the famous Willie Clancy Week, in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland in July 2016.
Ryan's debut album was shortlisted for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2017 it was also entered into the Grammys.
In December 2016, at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016, Ryan was named 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year'. In 2018 Ryan Young was a nominee for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and he was also voted Best Musician 2018 on the folk website folking.com other nominees for the award included Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman (who were playing before Ryan was born!).
Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare, Ireland and has been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin.
Ryan Young is now looking to bring his music to wider audiences and recorded his first album in 2016 with a Grammy award winning producer. It was launched in August 2017. Purchase it here. The album was entered into the Grammy's and made the shortlist for 'Best Album' in MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2017. Why not catch Ryan playing at one of his live perfomances? Ryan's headlining gig at Celtic Connections 2018 was sold out but he is playing a number of festivals in 2018 including Baltimore Fiddle Fair in Ireland and Sidmouth Folk Festival in England.
There are some reviews of Ryan's CD and playing here
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A more detailed biography can be read here