Angus debut for singer destined for stardom

Robyn Stapleton of The Robyn Stapleton Trio will perform at Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, September 11 in the Links Hotel.
Robyn Stapleton of The Robyn Stapleton Trio will perform at Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, September 11 in the Links Hotel.

The Robyn Stapleton Trio will be the guests at Montrose Folk Club in the Links Hotel, Montrose on Thursday, September 11 at 8 p.m.

Robyn is the winner for 2014 of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award.

She has a fantastic voice and is the most impressive young singer of her generation.

Only 25 years of age, Robyn graduated last year from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours Degree in Scottish Music, specialising in Scottish Song. She also spent a year at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, studying Irish Music.

Over the past year, she has performed at the Scottish Parliament as well as live on both ‘Travelling Folk’ and ‘Take The Floor’ on BBC Radio Scotland. Her repertoire includes a very wide range of both traditional and contemporary song from Scotland and further afield. She will be accompanied at Montrose Folk Club by her guitarist Hajime Takahasi and accordion/piano player Stephen Heffernan.

Part of the prize received by Robyn as the winner of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award was free access to a recording studio. Robyn hopes to be in a position to complete the recording and release her debut CD before the end of this year.

Recently she was the featured singer on the recording of the newly commissioned song, ‘Here’s to All Our Common Wealth,’ which was written by Phil Cunningham, Findlay Napier and Ali Burns, to celebrate the holding of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The Robyn Stapleton Trio were one of the performers booked to perform at Glasgow Green as part of the Cultural Festival held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games.

Robyn has described this as “an amazing experience to perform on such a huge stage and to a great crowd, singing along to the songs.”

The Robyn Stapleton Trio were also one of the featured performers, together with Capercaillie and Shooglenifty, in the concert entitled, “BBC at the Quay,” which was broadcast live on BBC Scotland, Wales and Ulster.

Montrose Folk Club has been running since 1984 and is one of the oldest venues for folk music in Scotland. It presents regular folk music concerts throughout the year, with occasional extra concerts and short breaks in July and at the festive season providing a wide spectrum of popular and acoustic music.

Everyone is welcome at Montrose Folk Club on Thursday, September 11 to enjoy a first appearance in Angus by a singer with a fantastic voice who is surely destined for stardom. The doors will open at 7.30 p.m. with the Robyn Stapleton Trio on stage at 8 p.m.