Ryan Young & Jenn Butterworth w/ ALFI


Quite simply, Ryan Young is one of the most exciting fiddle players working today.

At just 27, Ryan has won the ears of the fiddle masters who came before him, collecting countless accolades along the way, including an MG Alba Music Award, numerous Best Album nods, and multiple nominations for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

His playing brings a new lease of life to older and often forgotten Scottish tunes, delivering performances that are soulful, exciting and full of rhythmic drive. Ryan’s engaging and modest stage presence belies his phenomenal musical virtuosity. Taking inspiration from a number of great Irish players, notably Clare fiddlers Bobby Casey, Paddy Canny, PJ and Martin Hayes, Ryan now leads a new wave of players who are all at once revisiting and reinventing the tradition.

Joining Young in Belfast is one of Glasgow’s foremost folk guitarists, Jenn Butterworth. The go-to collaborator, Jenn has been a key member of many high-profile folk projects, including 3 Celtic Connections New Voices, folk supergroup Songs of Separation, and has been nominated for Young Musician of the Year in the 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

We were left in awe after his first visit, so we are beyond excited to welcome Ryan Young back to Belfast. Come along!

“…a force of nature” – The Scotsman

‘Uniquely graceful and expressive playing…a future star of the Scottish fiddle world’ ’ – Aidan O’Rourke (Lau)

Alfi came together as a trio in the summer of 2017, playing their first gig at Arcadian Field festival in Bellurgan House to an enraptured and energetic audience. The trio have since performed at many established venues and festivals, including Body&Soul, The Trip to Birmingham TradFest and Whelan’s. Alfi recorded and released two tracks in December in collaboration with audio producer Cian Hamilton – ‘Cluck Ol’ Hen’ and ‘Lost Girl/Trim the Velvet’, both of which can be found on all music platforms. In February, Alfi released their first music video ‘Farewell to Trion’ on all music platforms to great critical acclaim. The Bluegrass Situation used the following words to describe the video – ‘the tempo is relaxed, the reharmonizations are modern, yet timeless, and the form rolls by a handful of times without ever becoming stale or boring — a remarkable feat.’ Since forming as a trio, Alfi have spent the year performing throughout Ireland and abroad. The band also released their brilliant debut EP in May 2019.


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