*Festivals please note is also available for ceilidhs, calling for his own band, where booked for concert shows.
Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.
In February 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The following summer he performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, the UK’s biggest folk festival.
His debut album ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX 346) was released on the Greentrax label in May 2010.
‘Rua MacMillan is one of the brightest of the current generation of rising stars to emerge from the R.S.A.M.D.’s Scottish Music course – a fiddle player with already great experience of major live events, from Cambridge Folk Festival to the St. Louis Highland Games. As a stylist of Scottish fiddle he is second to none. As an arranger of traditional music in the modern idiom there is no one I’d listen to more! I await the future development of his career with great anticipation.’
Brian McNeill, founder of the Battlefield band and former head of Scottish Music at the R.S.A.M.D.
Rua performed at Celtic Connections in January 2011 and toured the UK in March/April with fellow award winner Ewan Robertson with support from PRSF and Creative Scotland.
Festival performances in Summer 2011 included Ortigueira Festival in Spain, The Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, WOMAD and Warwick Folk Festival in England and The North Sea Festival in Norway.
Watch Rua Macmillan on the BBC website here.