Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth

Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth


Ryan Young was inspired to play the fiddle after seeing Aly Bain perform on the BBC Hogmanay show and subsequently by the playing of fiddler Eilidh Steel from Helensburgh. He was awarded the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of music scholarship to attend the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland junior academy (formerly RSAMD) where he received tuition from Sarah-Jane Summers, Kirsty Cotter, and James Ross. He was awarded a further scholarship at the age of 15 to attend the senior school of the Conservatoire, with a place being held for him until he was old enough to attend; graduating with a B.A. (Hons) first-class in Scottish music, and was the recipient of the Arthur Robertson prize for Scots fiddle playing during his third year. There he studied with Alistair McCulloch, Pete Clark, Marie Fielding and Phil Cunningham.

Ryan was a winner of the Danny Kyle Open Stage in 2007 at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and was a finalist in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards in both 2007 and 2008. He was also a finalist in both 2015 and 2016 in the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. He has performed at many festivals across Scotland including Celtic Connections, the Niel Gow festival, the Edinburgh Scots Fiddle Festival, and abroad in countries such as Ireland, France, Cuba, The Czech Republic and Russia. Through his studies at the Conservatoire, he has performed on the BBC Hogmanay show and alongside Paolo Nutini and Phil Cunningham on the main stage at T in the Park for around 80,000 people. Ryan regularly plays for ceilidhs all over the UK and has performed at high profile corporate events including for the former First Minister Alex Salmond.

Ryan focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way. He is very influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and has been fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin. In 2015, Ryan travelled to County Clare to play at Feakle Festival, accompanied by one of his biggest inspirations, Dennis Cahill. This was a particular highlight both musically and personally.

Ryan recently recorded his debut album with triple Grammy winning engineer and producer, Jesse Lewis. This is officially released on the 11th August 2017.