Cream of the crop for Linlithgow concert

Ross Miller from Linlithgow is a big noise in piping circles. He is bringing a special concert to Linlithgow Academy
Ross Miller from Linlithgow is a big noise in piping circles. He is bringing a special concert to Linlithgow Academy

The cream of Scotland’s young traditional musicians are coming to Linlithgow for a concert in the Academy Theatre on Friday ,May 8.

Among them will be Ross Miller, who is well known for his Marches Day role as the Burgh Piper.

Currently in the second year of the Scottish Music course at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow Ross will be making the trip home with his fellow students:

“As part of the second year course, we are required to organise our own music tour.

‘‘We are given a budget and the ten students are split up into small teams with individual roles and responsibilities.

‘‘Our mini-tour will end with a performance in Linlithgow in partnership with the local Folk Festival Association”.

The concert will feature traditional and contemporary tunes, arrangements and Scots and Gaelic songs from 10 of Scotland’s finest young folk musicians.

They will be joined by Conservatoire student Ryan Young who was a finalist in the 2015 BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition. The sets will range from 11-piece ensemble playing to small groups and solo spots.

The instrumentation of the full band comprises vocals, pipes, fiddle, whistle, flute, harp, accordion, cello, guitar and piano.

The students have played in Russia, America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and China. Tickets, £10, from Norman Cummings’ shop at The Vennel or online at www.linlithgowfolk.yapsody.com