Simon Thoumire is a concertina player, composer and the dynamic force behind the traditional music advocacy outfit Hands Up For Trad. A recognised virtuoso musician in his own right, Simon has performed all over the world, made many CDs with fabulous musicians including guitarist Ian Carr and pianist David Milligan. His compositions for various ensembles have been performed at major festivals including Celtic Connections. The high profile Scots Trad Music Awards, and the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award are among his numerous and varied projects designed to put Scottish music on the map.
Since the late eighties Ian Carr has been touring and recording innovative approaches to traditional music, working both with his own projects, (Swåp, Carr & Roswall, Ian Carr & The Various Artists) and as a collaborative musician ( Eddi Reader, Kate Rusby; Kris Drever).
“When it comes to guitar accompaniment Ian Carr possesses one of the planets most original minds. His quirky harmonic ideas, novel chord voicings and bar closing counter rhythms consistently add unique and charming twists”. Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Ian Carr is one of the most innovative, brilliant and sympathetic guitarists Britain has produced in years, in any genre, not just in folk roots music.” fRoots