Orcadian fiddle and mandolin player Graham Rorie is an award-winning folk musician based in Glasgow. A graduate of the Traditional Music course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Graham has been making a name for himself as a performer, composer, session musician and producer.
While still in the early stages of his career Graham has gained a wealth of performance appearing at festivals including Glasgow’s Celtic Connections, Celtic Colours (Canada), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (France) and Celtica Valle D’Aosta (Italy). He has also toured Germany and Denmark with the Paul McKenna Band.
As a founding member of quartet ‘Gnoss’, Graham has picked up his second Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections, reached the Semi-Finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award and been nominated for ‘Up and Coming Artist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2017. Gnoss have just released their latest album ‘Drawn From Deep Water’.
An in-demand session musician, Graham has featured on fiddle and mandolin for albums by artists including the Red Hot Chilli Piper’s Dougie McCance, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2017 winners Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente, and 2018 MG Alba Scot’s Singer of the Year Iona Fyfe. He also engineered and produced Iona’s latest release, ‘Dark Turn of Mind’.
Graham plays a Colin Tulloch Violin.
“Rorie, as well as catching the eye by playing fiddle right-handed and mandolin left-handed but upside down, writes tunes with an engaging twist and adds imaginative colour to arrangements that are smartly punctuated and crisply executed.” – Rob Adams, The Herald
“Rorie demonstrates great compositional versatility deeply rooted in traditional music.” – Su O’Brien, folking.com
A set from the 2018 Gnoss EP ‘Brother Wind‘ filmed at the amazing Festival Interceltique de Lorient in August 2018.
From Dougie McCance’s album ‘Composed’. A track called ‘Kingston Road’.