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    Traditional Tunes for Tiny People: A Christmas Special

  • When
    15 December 10:30 - 12:30
  • Enjoy a special Christmas concert for wee ones and their grown-ups under the stars at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.
    Suitable for children aged 0-5 and their carers.

    Ron Jappy (fiddle & piano) was born and brought up in the small coastal village of Findochty in the North East of Scotland. He began fiddle and violin lessons from a young age in primary school and it was during this time that he also learned to play the piano. In secondary school, Ron found himself in higher demand for functions and events and subsequently formed a ceilidh band, Cruachan, who still gig to this day. Since moving to Glasgow, Ron has become an accomplished fiddle, guitar and piano player and is currently perusing a variety of musical projects including The Scott Wood Trio and playing with singer/songwriter Becca Fox. In 2011, 12 & 13 Ron was one of only 8 finalists to be invited to the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Blair Castle and received 3rd place in the 2012 competition.

    Grant McFarlane (accordion) is a dynamic young accordionist who performs and teaches extensively around Scotland and further afield. His latest venture with folk ensemble, CherryGrove, has seen him supporting established bands such as MĂ nran and Breabach and also performing at Olympic Park during the height of the games in 2012. With a passion for writing his own music, Grant is a keen composer and recently won the Mod Phaislig 2013 tune competition. As a result, his ceilidh band, Scotia, who are widely sought after on the dance band scene, opened and closed the Royal National Mod in his hometown of Paisley. He is also promoting traditional music on an international scale having been part of musical collaborations in France, Germany and the USA and was a finalist in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2013.

    Friday 15 December, 10.30am-11.15am and 11.45am-12.30pm
    Free. Places for concerts limited, sign-up on the day