Associate Artists: Aidan O’Rouke


Both a “dazzling fiddler” (Scotland on Sunday), and an “unfailingly strong and imaginative” composer (The List), Aidan O'Rourke stands at the centre of the modern Scottish folk music revival. Loved for his warm lyrical fiddle style and admired for his adventurous compositions, O'Rourke has emerged as one of Scotland's leading artists, defining a modern attitude to traditional music. In February 2014 he was named 'Musician of the Year' at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

O’Rouke is best known for his ground breaking trio Lau, formed in 2005 with accordionist Martin Green and singer/guitarist Kris Drever. Frequently garlanded with awards, Lau have been named as 'Best Group' in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards no fewer than four times since 2008, leading one journalist to stress that 'other groups were available!' In 2011 he was named Composer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards. He has recorded and released three solo albums, all widely hailed as records that stretch far beyond traditional melodies and tunes, into contemporary jazz, minimalism and the avant-garde.

In recent years O'Rourke has developed an interest in teaching. A founder of the fiddle camp Blazin' in Beauly, he has also appeared as a tutor at Celtic Connections Festival, the Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as in Ireland. O'Rourke now runs increasingly popular fiddle tuition days alongside his international tours, teaching most recently in Tokyo, Japan. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, O'Rourke was also selected to give a number of 'composer surgeries' and workshops at the South Bank Centre for aspiring young composers.

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