Ross Couper and Tom Oakes
Check on Ross on Tom playing live - HERE
And live at St Giles, Cathedral during the Edinburgh Fringe - HERE
And burning UP the Barn - Live at Woodend Barn, Banchory - HERE
Ross Couper from Shetland (Peatbog Fairies, Bodega and Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag) and Tom Oakes (Auvo Quarter, Luke Daniels), originally from Devon but now residing in Edinburgh, are a blistering young fiddle and guitar duo, deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland, but who also posess a vital modernity that draws on, and chronicles, their many musical journey's and influences so far.
Expect a highly dynamic mixture of power and fragility, coupled to a warmth and humour that quite clearly leaves audiences exhilarated and entertained.
Ross's explosive fiddle playing lies at the heart of some of the biggest acts on the Scottish folk scene, including 'Bodega' - who in 2006 won the BBC Radio 2 'Young Folk Musician of the Year Award', following that by being voted ' Scottish Folk Band of the Year' at the 2009 Scottish Traditional Music Awards' - and also the internationally acclaimed, mighty Peatbog Fairies.
Tom is a multi-award winning guitarist and flautist who, as well as being founder of the genre defying 'Auvo Quartet', is also known for his work with Luke Daniels (Riverdance) and also 2009 'BBC Radio 2 Folk Award' winner (Best Live Act) Damien Barber. He's also currently involved with a new project entitled 'Traditional Spirits' alongside Scots harpist Ailie Robertson and the likes of Fraser Fifield, Adam Sutherland, James Ross, Patsy Reid, Conrad Molleson and Mattie Foulds.
Ross and Tom recently received a five star review for their show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and have now been nominated in the category 'Best Up-and-Coming Artist' at the 2011 Scottish Traditional Music Awards.
A new and hugely exciting act on the scene and one to watch and no mistake!!
"Seldom do audiences get the chance to see such a skillful, well-organised and whole-heartedly impassioned performance" - Andrew Latimer - 'Three Weeks' (Edinburgh Fringe)
"Setting about the tunes with a force and intensity that left both them and their audience breathless" - Sue Wilson - The Scotsman (Fiddle 2010)
"It's breathless and hugely impressive. It was outstanding live music and a priviledge to be there" - John Lee - North West Evening Mail (Furness Traditional Festival)
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