Music: Benedict Morris, Moshen Amini, and the London Celtic Youth Orchestra

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22nd June, 2019

The Irish Cultural Centre is Proud to Present

for one night only

BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Trad Musician of the Year 2019

Benedict Morris

and Special Guest

BBC Radio 2 ‘Musician of the Year’

Mohsen Amini

with the London Celtic Youth Orchestra

Bar 6.30pm

Starts 8pm

Tickets £12/£1o concession


About Benedict Morris:

Benedict Morris from Glasgow is a fast growing name in the traditional world of music. Boasted for his “Virtuosity” by Irish Music Magazine and hailed “Magnificent” by Sharon Mair at BBC Scotland, Benedict is one of the finest up and coming musicians in the scene and is already starting to make a huge impact on the traditional music scene.

He is currently part of a duo with Belfast born guitarist Cormac Crummey (Bene & Cormac) with their debut album “Wavelength” released in November 2018 when they enjoyed sell out performances on their Scotland/Ireland tour. Benedict is also fiddle player alongside 5X World Champion Irish dancer David Geaney in his show ‘Velocity’ which recently set Broadway alight with their two-week stint in the New Victoria Theatre, earning several 5 star reviews.

Having toured the UK, Ireland, Europe and South America with both outfits as well as with major Irish dance shows, Benedict is well equipped to performing on any stage.

Two highlights of his early career so far are performing with Ímar at one of Europe’s biggest folk festivals, Tønder Fetsival in August as well as playing to a sell out audience in Dublin’s 3 Arena at the beginning of 2018.

In January 2019, Benedict was named BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year as part of Celtic Connections. Since winning he has already started 2 new projects, the first being a trio with BBC award winners Ryan Murphy (Ímar, Manran) and Pablo Lafuente (Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Project Smok) who will record their album in 2019, and a video series ‘Backers’ on his social media accounts focusing on the various styles of accompaniment; playing and interviewing a new ‘backer’ in each episode.

About Mohsen Amini:

BBC Radio 2 ‘Musician of the Year’ Mohsen Amini from Glasgow, Scotland is an incredibly fast growing name in the traditional world. Boasted by the Herald as a “Virtuoso” and the BBC Scotland as a “Force of Nature” he’s a leading voice on the music scene today.
In 2014 he co-founded multi-award winning trio, Talisk, who after only a few months of formation won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Their debut album Abyss was shortlisted at the 2016 MG Alba Trad Awards as Album of the Year, the same awards where they were crowned Folk Band Of The Year in 2017. Their second studio album “Beyond” was released in 2018 and picked up multiple 5* reviews and was named a top of the world album by Songlines. Shortly after the band won the Belhaven Bursary Award with a cash prize of £25,000 matched only by the Mercury Award.
Mohsen also founded acclaimed supergroup Ímar at the start of 2016. They, in the space of two years managed to go viral with videos excessing 1 million views. This provided a great platform to launch their award nominated album Afterlight ( ***** Irish Post) and even managed to have them nominated as “Live Act of the Year” which was shortly followed by them being awarded the 2018 Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 2018 brought our Avalanche which went straight to Number 1 on the iTunes world music chart and gained nation wide media praise.
Alongside launching Ímar in 2016, Mohsen was crowned the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. With this in hand he’s performed in all around the world and appeared regularly on a variety of BBC shows such as, Radio Scotland, Radio 2, Music day with Bryan Burnett and BBC Alba. Mohsen has toured with some of the top names in the scene, been named in the Daily Record ‘Young Scot of the Year’, named in The List’s Hot 100, became the first ever musician to be nominated as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the 2016 MG Alba Trad Awards, ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and win the 2016 ‘Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ and to boot, he’s now joined ranks with some of the biggest names today being the youngest ever person to be crowned ‘Musician of the Year’ at the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.


About the London Celtic Youth Orchestra:
The London Celtic Youth Orchestra is an ensemble of students from Feith an Cheoil School of traditional Irish music who perform throughout the year at high profile events. The Orchestra brings together the finest of traditional young talent in our community, transforming the stage with their vibrancy and energy. What makes LCYO unique is that these young students are not just gifted in music making but also traditional song and dance. All round entertainment!

This year the Orchestra entertained their biggest audience yet, their performance to 15000 people at the Mayor of London St Patricks Day celebrations in Trafalgar Square was received with rapturous applause and feedback.

Th LCYOis directed by highly esteemed fiddle player Eilish Byrne-Whelehan who established Feith an Cheoil School of traditional Irish Music in 2004.The School has being passing on Music and the Arts to young people since then and many championship titles have been won at Feith an Cheoil. Past pupils have also gone on to perform in such notable productions as “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance.”



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