Conal McDonagh

Ceilidh Trail 2011-2013Conal McDonagh is a piper from Poolewe in Wester Ross. Influenced by both his Scottish upbringing and Irish heritage, Conal plays the Irish Uilleann pipes as well as the Scottish Highland and Border pipes, whistles and flute. He studied at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton and graduated with […]

Laura Wilkie

Ceilidh Trail 2008Laura Wilkie is a Fiddle player from Tain in the Highlands of Scotland. She has a unique style which has roots in the Highland fiddle traditions but is influenced by an eclectic range of music from all genres. Laura has toured across the world in various different groups of the Contemporary Folk Music Scenes.Including Kinnaris Quintet, […]

Innes White

Ceilidh Trail 2011-2012Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, Innes White has been immersed in traditional music from a young age. As well as being a native Gaelic speaker, his early experiences of music through his strong family heritage and the Fèis movement provided the bedrock for his professional career to flourish. White is one […]

Kim Carnie

Ceilidh Trail 2013Kim’s solo career launched in 2017 with the release of her debut EP ‘In Her Company.’ Since then, Carnie, with her ‘velvet voiced authority’ (The Scotsman) has become a regular session vocalist, featuring in Netflix’s Outlaw King (2018) and the computer game soundtrack for Black Mirror (2017). Most recently, Kim has joined multi […]

Chloë Bryce

Ceilidh Trail 2015-2016Originally from Easter Ross, Chloë Bryce developed her grasp of traditional music through her involvement in the Fèis movement. She went on to study fiddle and Gaelic song at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton. Her music is informed by a deep regard for the old tunes and songs […]

Brìghde Chaimbeul

Ceilidh Trail 2015Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture but draws inspiration from a variety […]

John Somerville

Ceilidh Trail 2000John Somerville, from Abriachan in the Highlands is one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the Scottish music scene. His unique style of accordion playing along with a sense of innovation has seen him gain a reputation for retaining his traditional roots whilst pushing musical boundaries. John is a notable composer, arranger and teacher working […]

Ali Levack

Ceilidh Trail 2010, 2012BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year for 2020, Ali specialises in piping and whistles and has been immersed in Scottish traditional music since the age of nine when a family friend started teaching him the pipes. Ali spent 4 years at the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music […]

Sally Simpson

Ceilidh Trail 2012Sally’s love of folk music has taken her from the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, to studying Swedish Folk Music in Stockholm, to playing fiddle in Sting’s musical The Last Ship. At her first Fèis in Ullapool she knew she’d found her people, and has loved working for Fèis […]

Josie Duncan

Ceilidh Trail 2014Josie Duncan’s effortless, modern style of songwriting has ensnared audiences the world over, from festival stages in Australia to basements in Glasgow. Her songs have been showcased on Radio 2 and the Janice Forsyth show, and she has been enlisted as a composer and songwriter for a nationwide production developed by National Theatre […]

Mairearad Green

Ceilidh Trail 2000-2003Renowned for her deft and lyrical accordion style, as well as her dextrous piping, Mairearad is in great demand not only as a performer, but also as a composer.Often seen on stage alongside multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie, composer, Mike Vass, piping supergroup, Tryst and singer-songwriter, King Creosote.

Rachel Newton

Ceilidh Trail 2000-2003Singer and harpist Rachel Newton interprets traditional English and Gaelic songs and texts alongside her own compositions. In addition to her solo work, Rachel is a skilled collaborator and founder member of The Shee, The Furrow Collective and The Lost Words: Spell Songs. Her 5th album is due later this year.

Iona Fyfe

Ceilidh Trail 2015Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. In 2018, Iona became the youngest ever winner of Scots Singer of the Year at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.