The Mischa MacPherso Trio are now in the finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards – but must wait until February to find out if they are winners!
Twenty year old Mischa from Sandwick, is joined by Conal Mcdonagh from Poolewe and Innes White from Dingwall – and the trio are helping bring traditional Gaelic music to the fore.
Speaking of the ten semi-finalist performances, Mischa said: “Many of the other acts there were playing more contemporary bluegrass and singer/songwriter material, and we felt really proud to be playing material very much influenced by the Scottish folk music and Gaelic tradition that we’d grown up with and fallen in love with from such a young age.
“It’s really nice to know that there is a place for our Gaelic songs among the more contemporary Radio 2 folk scene.”
Mischa continued: “When we heard that we were in the final we were absolutely thrilled, it was incredibly unexpected but the most wonderful news to receive!
“As the only Scottish act through to the final we are really proud to be flying the flag for this wonderful culture, music and language that the three of us feel so passionately about.”
And as Mischa is currently studying in Finland, the trio enjoyed a ‘Skype Party’ to celebrate their achievement!
Mischa, Conal and Innes will now make their way down to London on February 19th next year for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the Royal Albert Hall, where the Young Folk Award winner will be announced.
Mischa added: “February will be a really special event. We are so thankful to Radio 2 for this wonderful opportunity and to everyone from home, like Feis Rois, who have encouraged us to this point.
“It has been the best experience and an incredible honour to take part in. We are so excited about going to the Folk Awards in London, although we really can’t picture actually winning, we are just extremely happy and very humbled to have made it to the final.”