Performers

AIYF is proud to be showcasing a range of music throughout this year’s festival, including big band jazz, indie pop and traditional music from both the UK and around the world.

Aberdeen Youth Big Band, (UK)
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The Aberdeen Youth Big Band is run by the Music Centre at the Aberdeen City Council, who provide opportunities for pupils to perform in a wide variety of musical groups which includes choirs, bands and orchestras. The discipline involved in learning to play an instrument and playing in groups is an invaluable experience for all young people. The Music Centre takes place at Northfield Academy from... SEE DETAILS »
Aberdeen Youth Brass Band, (UK)
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Aberdeen Youth Brass Band is made up of young people aged 11-18 who receive lessons with Aberdeen Music Service. Pupils attend schools across the city and rehearse on a weekly basis at Northfield Academy. This year the band has performed in a number of concerts across the city and further afield. In February 2017 the band had its first residential trip away to Speyside and... SEE DETAILS »
Live Music Now – Turquoise Duo, (UK)
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Daniel Hart (piano) and Clara Lafuente (oboe) were born respectively in Cuba and Spain, and met whilst studying at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The home countries of the players bring to the repertoire a Mediterranean and Caribbean flavour, mixed with the Scottish culture from where the group has been developing. Recently, they have joined the Live Music Now scheme, who allows them to have performance... SEE DETAILS »
Daklen Difato, (Italy)
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Born in Matera, on the 26th May 2000, Daklen Difato began studying piano at only 7 years old; at 8 years he’s started to attend the Conservatory of Music "E. R. Duni “ in Matera, revealing himself at once a child prodigy. Despite his young age, he managed to get to know himself in the National and International level: making his debut on the International stage... SEE DETAILS »
Manuel Magrini (Italy)
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Young Umbrian unexpected talented pianist. A graduate of the Conservatory F. Morlacchi, became interested early to jazz music that began to study and deepen followed by Ramberto Ciammarughi, working with several formations and holding concerts in Italy and abroad. Al Fara Music festival wins the prize for best soloist and best group with his trio, while in pop Demo Rai won the competition in 2010... SEE DETAILS »
Douglas Academy Music School, (UK)
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Music School The Music School of Douglas Academy was established in 1979 as a national centre of excellence. Since this date it has offered the highest quality tuition in all aspects of music. The school provides tuition for pupils of secondary school age in a suite of specialist rooms. Applications for entry are received from throughout Scotland and further afield. The Music School is an integral part of Douglas... SEE DETAILS »
Live Music Now – Rosewood Duo, (UK)
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The Rosewood Duo are a dynamic young flute and guitar duo based in Glasgow consisting of recent graduates of The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – Leila Marshall and Lewis Dunsmore. Individually they have a wealth of playing experience, with performances at numerous festivals and venues both in the UK and further afield. They come together to explore the repertoire for this wonderful combination of instruments, and joined Live Music Now... SEE DETAILS »
Heriot Watt Jazz Band, (UK)
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A creative and electric 8 piece Jazz combo who enjoy to play a variety of genres from early Jazz standards right up to present day compositions. Click here for more information... SEE DETAILS »
Gonçalense Pipes (Brazil)
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The band consists of bagpipes, drums, a trumpet, a trombone and a saxophone! They will play Brazilian Popular Music with a variety of rhythms of the Brazilian culture. The band has as its overall goal is to encourage the national culture through the Scottish bagpipes for social, cultural and artistic inclusion. Contributing to the reduction of crime amongst young people and fostering a taste for music,... SEE DETAILS »
David Bowden, Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2017 (UK)
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Double bassist David Bowden has been announced as the 2017 Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the year after a stand out performance at the live final in Glasgow on February 1st. Originally from London, David came to Glasgow to study jazz at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where he was awarded a 1st and a Yamaha Jazz Scholarship. He is a co-founder of award winning... SEE DETAILS »
The Blackburn with Darwen Big Band (UK)
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The Blackburn with Darwen Big Band is a modern youthful twist on the big band tradition. Aiming to bring the big band sound to the masses, with repertoire ranging from Miller to Mars… They’re a band for all ages! The BwD Big Band is stuffed full of young talent, including a fantastic female vocalist. We have a truly broad repertoire from swing/jazz through to latin/funk including some... SEE DETAILS »
Sussex Steel, (UK)
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Sussex Steel is a charity (CIO) created by individuals who are passionate about steelpan and committed to increasing the musical opportunities for people in Sussex and beyond. Their pro band is a highly talented group of steelpan players, some of whom recently performed in the world steelpan championships in Trinidad. They regularly perform at functions such as private parties and weddings. The band have played... SEE DETAILS »
Atlantic North, (USA)
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East Tennessee State University is an ideal place to pursue studies in bluegrass, old time, Celtic and country music. Music is part of everyday life here. Students interested in the region's music make friends quickly and easily—both on and off campus—and find a multitude of opportunities to share their music with others. ETSU faculty members with impressive professional credentials provide students the benefits of their... SEE DETAILS »
Tamana Pioneers (Trinidad & Tobago)
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Tamana Pioneers is a registered member of Pan Trinbago inc. Tamana Pioneers is a regular finalist in the National Panorama Competition. Click here for more information... SEE DETAILS »
Christopher Napier (UK)
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Christopher is a Banjo Ukulele player who plays in the style of legendary wartime entertainer George Formby. He has performed at numerous venues around the UK since the age of 8, delighting audiences with songs such as ‘Leaning on a Lamppost’ and ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows,’ made famous by the loveable Lancastrian. Aged 9 he became the youngest ever winner of the ITV1 show ‘Stars in... SEE DETAILS »
Tréol (UK)
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Tréol is an Edinburgh based trio comprised of two fiddlers (Kim and Mia) and a cellist (Freya). They play Scottish, Irish, English and Welsh traditional music. Formed in late 2015, the was chosen to make up three of seven young Scottish musicians travelling to the Arctic International Youth Festival in April 2016. They had an extremely enjoyable experience playing with other musicians and learning Norwegian... SEE DETAILS »
AIYF Traditional Music School: 31st July – 5th August
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The Traditional Music School is open to young people aged 11-18 and Grade 2+. The course aims to build on the success of both the previous Ceol Mor Big Band and Splore courses which the festival has led for the last decade. With experienced professional tutors taking the lead, participants will have the opportunity to explore traditional music with a contemporary twist. They are encouraged to... SEE DETAILS »
Fèis Rois (UK)
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The Fèis Rois National Ceilidh Trail is committed to supporting young people to continue performing, learning and developing their skills in traditional music when they leave school. It’s a fantastic summer job for any young musician aged 16-25 to develop their performance skills and experience life as a touring performer. Click here for more information Feis Rois' Youtube Channel... SEE DETAILS »

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