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. Look out for Norwegian fusion band How to Kiss a Frog, who will be performing alongside Scottish trio Tréol. You can also catch ukulele player Christopher Napier performing at events throughout the festival, and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble from Canada.

Unoma Okudo (UK)
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Soulful singer-songwriter Unoma Okudo is distinguished by her unique voice, and captivating melodies and lyrics. Born in Nigeria, where she was introduced to music by her parents, her career really began after she moved to Glasgow, Scotland to further her education. Here, she began to write songs and to discover her own voice as an artist. She also provided backing vocals to other artists and... 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: 1st – 5th August
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In 2016, AIYF has launched a new look Traditional Music School under the leadership of Sharon Hassan and the North East Folk Collective. The 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... SEE DETAILS »
How to Kiss A Frog
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How To Kiss a Frog is an indie pop band made up of two pair of siblings, Marie and Dina, Maja and Ida. The members range in ages from 14-17. The girls have known each other since birth, feel like sisters, and formed the band when they discovered their mutual interest for music. They play a variety of instruments, and like to perform indie pop... SEE DETAILS »
North Shore Celtic Ensemble (Canada)
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North Shore are from North Vancouver, British Columbia and began in their current form in 2002. The original idea behind establishing their group was to keep young people engaged in musical activities through their teens. Comprised of four ensembles, the 21 young performers attending this year have built up a strong reputation through their well-attended local performances and extensive touring. The ensemble includes fiddles, flutes,... SEE DETAILS »
Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK)
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The Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra is led by musical director Paul J Rigby, who also leads Blackburn with Darwen, an attendee of the festival in 2015. The Lancashire Youth Jazz Orchestra was formed in 1976, and since that time has seen many students from all over the region come and go. Many students have graduated into becoming top professional Jazz musicians. The band plays popular big... SEE DETAILS »
Ross Hull & Cameron Grant (UK)
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Fiddle player Ross and guitarist Cameron are local to Aberdeenshire, and met at a young age as members of the North East Folk Collective. From there, they both progressed from their schools in Inverurie and Stonehaven to the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, Isle of Skye where they both spent their final years of school, completely immersed in folk and traditional... SEE DETAILS »
The Tim Muhibah Angklung Orchestra (Indonesia)
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The Tim Muhibah Angklung Orchestra return to AIYF this year, having last performed at the festival in 2004, on a European tour. This summer, the group will retrace their steps, filming their experiences for a documentary titled ’40 Days in Europe.’ The group play traditional percussion instruments, and will be performing both traditional pieces and more contemporary tunes. You can sample their musical sound here.... SEE DETAILS »
Iona Fyfe (UK)
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Iona Fyfe is from Huntly in Aberdeenshire, and combines modern contemporary folk music with Scotland’s haunting traditional ballads and lively songs – accompanied with piano. A Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2015 Semi-Finalist, she has performed extensively across Scotland at festivals including Celtic Connections, the Perthshire Amber Festival and Dundee Celt Fest. Iona currently studies Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. Growing... SEE DETAILS »
Tigerstyle (UK)
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Sikh brothers Raj and Pops started out performing in 1997, and use their cultural experiences growing up in Glasgow to influence their music. They have toured to countries including the United States, Canada, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore and Australia. Previous performances include the BBC Electric Proms, Glastonbury Festival and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Their unique ‘Digi-Bhang’ style has been used on a number... 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. This year’s performers will be announced in July. Keep an eye on the website for... SEE DETAILS »

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