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SMO student in finals of BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2020

Josie Duncan, who is a student at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, is one of 6 finalists in the Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition.

Josie hails from the Isle of Lewis and began singing in the Mòd when she was on her second year in primary school.  She is currently based on the Isle of Skye where she is undertaking the Cùrsa Comais  and is also learning Gaelic songs from Christine Primrose, who teaches on the BA Gaelic and Traditional Music degree programme.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she has performed all over Europe and has also previously been awarded the BBC Radio 2’s Young Folk Award.  When she completes her course at SMO, she intends to get employment where she can use Gaelic and also continue to sing and perform at festivals and other events.

Speaking about the Finals which will take place at the weekend, she said: “I’m really looking forward to it but it’s a bit scary with it being broadcast live on tv and radio!  But it is a great opportunity to showcase Gaelic amongst all the talent at Celtic Connections this year!”

Tune in to BBC Radio Scotland or BBC Alba from 5pm Sun 2 Feb to find out how they all get on.

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