Award-winning instrumental folk trio Assynt is comprised of former BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year finalists Graham Mackenzie (fiddle) and David Shedden (pipes/whistles), alongside BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner Innes White (guitar). The band was officially launched in 2018 with the release of their debut album The Road to the North. They were awarded Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards that year as well. Inspired by the great piping, fiddle, and Gaelic traditions of the Highlands of Scotland, Assynt’s self-penned melodies are “refreshingly contemporary” (Folk Radio UK) while remaining true to the music traditions they are rooted in. The group has come to be recognized for their tight-knit fiddle and pipe playing blended with intricate guitar lines and grooves. This powerful and intuitive musicality continues to be showcased throughout their second studio release Where From Here, described in a FolkWorld review as “breathtakingly wonderful”. Assynt has received airplay across the BBC including BBC Radio 2’s The Folk Show, Travelling Folk, and Caithream Ciuil on BBC Radio Scotland. Last year, the band toured extensively in Australia, China, and Germany as well as performing throughout the UK. This year they will make their first appearance at Celtic Colours.

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