Saturday 12th January 2019

Virtuoso fiddler Ryan Young brings new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music.  He recorded his debut album with triple GRAMMY winner, Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Yo-Yo Ma and Bela Fleck.  Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, as well as being a twice in finalist in both the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards and the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, as well as Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up And Coming Artist of the Year’. He was nominated for the Horizon Award at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was the winner of’s Best Musician for 2018.  Ryan Young, despite his comparatively young years, is already on his way to becoming a folk giant. Tonight he will be joined on stage by the excellent guitarist and singer Jenn Butterworth.  

Ryan launched his debut album at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, Ireland where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill (Martin Hayes - The Gloaming). Heavily influenced by the fiddle playing of County Clare and long fascinated by the playing of renowned fiddlers such as Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes and Tommy Potts from Dublin, Ryan actually focuses mainly on Scottish music, bringing new life to very old, often forgotten tunes by playing them in his own unique way, infused with Irish stylistics.

Ryan’s fiddle playing is brimming with fresh melodic ideas, an uplifting rhythmic drive and a great depth of dynamics and precision. His sound is very distinctive and he always manages to take the listener on an adventurous and emotional journey in any performance.  In his own words: “I want to play in a way that allows the music to flow through me, and it is the music that is heard, rather than any technical or lack of technical ability. In the end, I think that playing in a heart-felt way is all that should matter.”  That last sentence says everything you need to know about this extraordinary musician. His technical skill is beyond most people’s reach.  It is simply stunning.  But when you actually listen to the music that is channelling through him, what takes your breath away you is not the technicality, but its emotional intensity and lyricism, passion and sensitivity, and a profound musicality that will touch even the stoniest of hearts.

“A force of nature.” (***** The Scotsman”)
“Leading the ‘New Wave’ of traditional Scottish fiddlers, virtuoso Ryan Young”  (BBC World on 3 - August 2017)
“Young’s playing is so richly expressive, channelling such deep emotion, that it feels like a dramatic performance in a theatre…one feels that here we have a potential heir to Duncan Chisholm for sheer emotional intensity.  It’s a remarkably mature debut album from one so young.”  (Paul Matheson, Folk Roots 2017)
“Uniquely graceful and expressive playing. A future star of the Scottish fiddle world.” Aidan O’Rourke (Lau)
“His self-titled debut album simply brims over with originality and talent.” ( - August 2017)
“Ryan’s inventive and inspiring violin mastery just takes flight, soars and swoops.” (Folk Wales Magazine - July 2017)
“…the man makes the fiddle articulate the widest range of emotions and illustrations – and listening to him play you realise he is surely in possession of a magnificent gift.” (FolkWords - July 2017)
“Nuance, wit, risk-taking, contrast and above all a real sense of joy in making music were all there in abundance and Young’s solo feature, where he appeared to have been truly possessed by the melodies, was as exciting as it was uplifting.” (Rob Adams, The Herald)

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Live at Sidmouth

Tickets £13 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
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10% off County Hotel restaurant meals 6-7 pm for ticket-holders.  Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000

DOORS 7.30 pm  ENDS 11.00 pm (approx).

Sunday 9th February 2018

String Jam Club at the County Hotel in Selkirk presents Edwina Hayes, a singer-songwriter with "the sweetest voice in England" according to the legendary Nanci Griffith, for her second visit to the club on Sunday 9th December 2018.  Edwina’s beautifully written songs, charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true natural talent of gentle folk-Americana.  Edwina is also a supreme interpreter of other people's songs.  She has opened numerous shows for Jools Holland and Van Morrison as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. The title track of her album 'Pour Me A Drink' was covered by Nanci Griffith and her version of the Randy Newman song 'Feels Like Home' was featured in the Cameron Diaz film 'My Sister's Keeper' and has since had over eight million plays on You Tube.
As well as her own gigs, Edwina is often invited to guest on studio albums and support major artists on tour. In addition to touring extensively with Jools, Van and Nanci Griffith, Edwina has also toured with artists ranging from Loudon Wainwright and Roger McGuinn to KT Tunstall and Gretchen Peters. Dividing her time between the UK and America, Edwina's second home is Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and artist.
Signed to Warner Chappell Publishing, Edwina has an eclectic range of influences, a very busy touring schedule and three acclaimed albums under her belt.  Her debut album 'Out On My Own' on Warner Brothers was released to critical acclaim. Produced by Clive Gregson and Nick Drake producer John Wood, the record featured Dr Hook's Dennis Locorriere as a guest vocalist and became a favourite on Michael Parkinson's BBC Radio Show.

Edwina's second album 'Pour Me A Drink' was much more stripped down and acoustic, garnering recognition from Nanci Griffith who loved it so much that she covered the title track. You can't get much better than that! Edwina followed in the same style with her third release 'Good Things Happen Over Coffee' and a third release is due this year. Ever working hard out on the road, Edwina has toured constantly, including Australia & China & with Fairport Convention, continuing to attract wonderful reviews and fans worldwide.
String Jam Club is looking forward to welcoming Edwina back to headline our 21st Christmas celebration, with support acts, seasonal festivities, and a warm welcoming atmosphere.  This promises to be a very special evening of beautifully sung music by one of the circuit's most captivating live performers.

"A haunting honeyed solo songwriter" (THE GUARDIAN)
"There are many un-mined treasures studding the UK's live circuit and surely Yorkshire-based vocalist, Edwina Hayes, shines brightly among them." (R2 MAGAZINE)
"Like a soft blanket" (PEREZ HILTON)
"A sweet-voiced songwriter who has a fine line in gentle, country-tinged material" (THE LIST)
"A wonderful young woman, so gifted and full of song, with a voice that is as sweet as the angels." (NANCI GRIFFITH)

Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
Pour Me A Drink
Nobody’s Coming Around
Edwina Hayes Official Website
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Tickets £13 available from the venue by phone 01750-705000, on the door (subject to availability.)  
Online ticket sales via
10% discount off County Hotel restaurant meals for ticket-holders.  
Advance table reservation recommended 01750-705000.  
DOORS OPEN 7.30 ENDS 11.00pm (approx.)

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