Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the British folk scene. Mohsen Amini (Concertina), Hayley Keenan (Fiddle) and Craig Irving (Guitar) come together to create an energetic and dynamic sound that in a short year, earned them multiple awards and a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. Coupled with Mohsen’s recent crowning as the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, performances at world renowned festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Cropredy Festival and Celtic Connections and live sessions on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 2, the trio’s experience far belies their year’s.
“Setting scary standards” – Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
“Extraordinary” – Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)
“The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious” – Folk Radio UK
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners 2015
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Mohsen Amini is very much at the forefront of concertina playing in Scotland. Picking up the concertina at 10 years old he went on to win numerous titles in both the Feiseanna and Fleadhs in the UK. With his style heavily influenced by Irish and Scottish traditional music he has also gained great success outside the competition circuit.
His first band, Muran, claimed ‘Best Newcomer’ at Stornoway’s Hebridean Celtic Festival in 2012. Since then he has extensively toured Europe with bands and productions as well as recorded as a session musician with various projects in Scotland.
Craig Irving is a musician from Inverness. Craig began playing the guitar whilst living in Australia in 2009. He attended Lews Castle College, Benbecula in 2012 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2013 to 2016.
Craig is also a member of popular Scottish band, Mànran, with whom he has toured internationally, including extensive performances in Australia and throughout Europe.
Hayley began playing the piano at the age of eight and the fiddle at the age of eleven after being influenced by her grandfather’s love of playing Scottish music.
in 2008, Hayley was awarded a place at the Junior Academy of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Previously RSAMD) in Glasgow, which she attended for three years, before moving to Plockton to complete her sixth year at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music under the tuition of Andy Thorburn and Iain MacFarlane. In 2012 she started as a full time student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is currently in her third year.
We’re over the moon to have won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award! Looking forward to what will hopefully be a busy year! Thank you to everyone for the amazing support so far – we hope to see as many of you as we can over the next few months.