June 2020

Mid summer and much of this year and it's music has been lost to Covid-19. Ryan is hoping to be recording more music soon. Please do keep supporting live music once life returns to the 'new abnormal'!

October 2019

Ryan is playing a showcase gig, accompanied by Jenn Butterworth, at the world famous WOMEX Expo, in Finland on the 24th October. He is the only UK artist appearing there.

Ryan Young at Womex

September 2019

After playing Folk at the Hall for the last two summers Ryan (along with guitarist Jenn Butterworth) has been invited back to headline the Saturday night in 2020.

Folk at the hall Ryan Young

Here's what Folk at the Hall wrote. 'We've had some incredible acts at FATH over he last few years but none that have made the impact that Ryan Young Music and Jenn Butterworth have. They have been the talking point for our audience for the last two years. We've always booked with our heart and so we're delighted to say that Ryan and Jenn are returning again next year but this time they will be headlining the Saturday evening. We can't wait!' .

August 2019

Ryan has been in the studio recording a new album with his regular guitarist Jenn Butterworth. The album, recorded in a real concert hall environment, emulates the feel of their live shows. More news soon on likely release dates etc.

Ryan Young Recording Second Album

June 2019

Womex 2019 announce that Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth will be showcase artists at Tampare Finland.
"The young duo of Ryan Young (fiddle) and Jenn Butterworth (guitar) breathe new life into forgotten tunes from the deep Scottish fiddle repertoire with an interplay that is a masterclass of subtlety and poignancy"

Ryan Young at Womex

January 2019

Ryan opens the the New Year playing at the String Jam Club in Selkirk where he seems to have gone down a storm.
"Thank you to Ryan Young Music & Jenn Butterworth for a simply stunning performance last night at String Jam Club at the County Hotel Selkirk. Exhilarating, magical, mind-blowing & awesome doesn't do it justice really! The packed house went wild with appreciation after every number, & they got TWO standing ovations & THREE encores! An inspirational & unforgettable gig, they’ll be back!!"

String Jam Club

October 2018

MG Alba Ryan Young

Ryan Young and Jenn Butterworth are nominated for 'Scottish Folk Band of the Year' in the MG Alba Trad Awards.

August 2018

Ryan Young plays a number of Festivals including Wickham Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival and Festival Les Traversées Tatihou in France
Ryan Young

June 2018

Alan Bearman Music
Ryan Young is delighted to announce that he is now working with Alan Bearman Music and is honoured to be on their roster of artists.

Alan Bearman Music represent some of the best artists in folk music in the UK and it is an honour to be represented by them.

Alan Bearman Music
The Music Base
Kings Place, 90 York Way
London N1 9AG
Tel: 020 7014 2821


May 2018

Ryan plays Baltimore Fiddle Fair in Ireland, alongside the likes of Sam Amidon and Rhiannon Giddens. Two nights earlier playing at the Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny someone wrote about Ryan - "There’s genius all about. It only took seconds to recognize it in Ryan Young last night. And that was just in the warm up for his gig at Hole in the Wall. Watching him was to watch a violin and a young man as one. The instrument was like an extended arm - not a separate piece of wood and bow. Ryan’s soul being expressed through his fingers. The violin’s soul being transmitted via Ryan’s foot percussion and reactive physical expressions"

April 2018

Ryan Young is voted Best Musician 2018 on the folk website folking.com other nominated musicians for that award included Richard Thompson and Seth Lakeman (who were playing before Ryan was born). Nearly 17000 votes were cast in total.

Best Musician Folking Awards

March 2018

Ryan receives a nomination from the folk website folking.com for Best Musician 2018.

February 2018

BBC2 Folk Awards Nominee

We are delighted to announce that Ryan Young has been nominated for a BBC Radio 2 Horizon Folk Award

December 2017

The Scotsman newspaper in it's Arts review of 2017 list Ryan's debut album in it's end of the year round up: 'award-winning young fiddler Ryan Young’s debut album came well up to expectation'.

November 2017

Ryan's debut album 'Ryan Young' is nominated for the Scots Trad Music award 2017.

October 2017

Ryan's debut album 'Ryan Young' makes the 'long list' for the Scots Trad Music award 2017.

Ryan's debut album is entered into the Grammy's. Is there another Scottish Traditional album that has ever been entered?

September 2017

Ryan's appears on STV's 'Live at 5' TV programme

August 2017

Ryan's CD is officially launched at Feakle Festival, County Clare, Ireland where Ryan was accompanied by the amazing Dennis Cahill. Ryan also played some tunes with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill.

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill with Ryan Young

Ryan headlined BBC Radio 3's 'World on 3' live from the Blue tent at Edinburgh festival. This was broadcast live.

BBC World on 3

July 2017

The first review of Ryan's debut CD is out and it doesn't get much better than this;

James Ross’s solo piano and Leo Forde’s chunky guitar are the icing on the cake; they complement Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery so that the wonderful sound just takes flight, soars and swoops. Ryan’s bow-work is an absolute delight, whether he is coaxing the instrument on the slow airs (like ‘The Back Of The Change House’, ‘Ryan’s Despair’ or ‘The Irish Girl’), the delicate but forceful strathspeys (‘The Rothiemurcas Rant/Mrs Robertson Grishornish’) or giving it free rein in the wild and joyful reels (‘Lamberton Races or Col. Renton’s Favourite’ – Leo complements with Ryan so stupendously well that the listener could be forgiven for mistakenly imagining they were hearing the Hayes-Cahill duo.)

..............I’ll add my two-penn’orth by saying that Ryan’s ground-breaking and exploratory style is a welcome breath of fresh air in a vigorous and healthy Celtic culture that is absolutely dripping with super-fine music.

June 2017

Ryan Young CDRyan's album is to be officially release on the 11th August 2017. Ryan will be launching the album at Feakle Festival, County Clare, Ireland and guitarist Dennis Cahill has kindly agreed to accompany Ryan.

The CD will be available, via this website, direct from Ryan in the preceding weeks to the official launch. Sign up to the newsletter to be kept invormed.


January 2017

Ryan plays support at the Celtic Connections Festival, Glasgow for Martin Hayes. One person (thank you Brad Keithley) wrote afterwards.

I have written on these pages before how hugely impressed I am by the trad talent that is coming out of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As I have said before the group from there that Phil Cunningham and Jenn Butterworth brought over last year to Celtic Colours International Festival was my personal "best new group" of the year. And Conservatoire alum Hannah Rarity became an instant favorite last year when she appeared as the lead vocalist with Cherish the Ladies at their holiday season performances with the Anchorage Concert Association and Fairbanks Concert Association.

But as good as all of those were, my jaw literally dropped tonight listening to Ryan Young. Accompanied by Jenn, he gave an absolutely amazing performance. And it wasn't just me. Each set was followed by an extended ovation from a packed room and, while maybe it is customary here, it had been a long, long time since I had seen an opening act given a standing ovation at the end of their set, and called back to the stage for one more bow.

As I (and no doubt a large number of others) told him as I thanked him at the end of the evening, I am absolutely confident I am going to be finding ways to hear him again often in the future.

What a way to kick off my first Celtic Connections. If that's what's in store for this week, I will be happy to take a good bit of sleep deprivation to take it all in. You won't regret putting him on your "must see" list going forward.

December 2016

Ryan Young Fiddle Award WiinerRyan wins the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2016 'Up and Coming Artist of the Year'. Hailed by many as the most prestigious awards ceremony in the traditional music calendar, Hands Up for Trad gave out awards to the best talent in Scottish traditional music at a ceremony in Dundee on Saturday 3rd December.



Ryan is featured in a double page spread in The Living Tradition Magazine.

Ryan Young Fiddle Living Tradition

November 2016

Celtic Life Magazine, with a readership of around 1 million people, published a full page article on Ryan in their December edition.
Ryan Young Celtic Life

August 2016

Ryan Young in the StudioAt the end of August Ryan recorded his first album with producer Jesse Lewis. He was accompanied by James Ross on Piano and Leo Forde on guitar. The recordings took place in the real acoustic environment of a small theatre and are recorded to the highest audophile standards. More details here.

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June 2016

Though he's only just completed his Master's degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Scottish fiddle player Ryan Young is already drawing international attention. Boston-based music producer Jesse Lewis has agreed to produce Ryan's debut album of traditional Scottish tunes, and flew across the Atlantic this May to join Ryan in an adventure to find a suitable recording venue.

Jesse Lewis and Ryan Young

Jesse Lewis and Ryan Young at Loch Lomond. May 2016.

In his first recording venture on UK soil, Jesse plans to bring his infectious positive spirit to the recording of Ryan's album. This collaboration will place Ryan Young among a list of world-class musicians who have worked with Jesse, including The Silk Road Ensemble, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Jan Vogler and Brooklyn Rider. Before Jesse returns in the Autumn to record his album, Ryan has a busy summer of performances, including an appearance at the prestigious Willie Clancy Festival (Milton Malbay, Co. Clare).

The recording is scheduled for September 2016 with a release scheduled for the first quarter of 2017.

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