Orcadian fiddle and mandolin player Graham Rorie is an award-winning musician in the Scottish traditional scene. Tutored in Orkney by Douglas Montgomery (The Chair, Saltfishforty) he is now in his honours year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow on the Traditional Music degree.
Having begun his performance career with Orkney based band Broken Strings by winning a Danny Kyle award at Celtic Connections and releasing their album ‘Halda’ in 2011, Graham has gone on to gain experience with many different acts at various venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, including several performances at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival and performing guitarist Aidan Moodie at the Royal Albert Hall in London for the Music for Youth Proms in 2015.
With Glasgow-based band Gnoss, Graham has won his second Danny Kyle award (2015) and reached the Semi Finals of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. The band also released their self-titled debut album in 2016 – “A promising and engaging debut” Songlines. The band expanded their line-up to a four piece in late 2016 and are taking the Scottish folk scene by storm with “A maturity of ability many of a greater age will envy” – Living Tradition.
Other performance experience includes featuring with Dosca and The Scott Wood Band as well as touring Germany and Denmark with The Paul McKenna Band. Graham has also represented the Conservatoire at several occasions including Burn’s supper in Brussels, Belgium for the UK Ambassador and Scottish branch of the EU, a Scottish Music and Dance collaboration for The Prince of Wales at Dumfries House and a performance at a Conservatoire showcase in New York City.
Graham, whilst being predominantly a traditional musician is also experienced in the classical music genre, performing with Orkney Orchestra, Orkney Camerata and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He has also gained his ABRSM Grade 8 Violin.