Originally from Nairn, in the Scottish Highlands, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated with a B.A. (Honours) in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S.
In February 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. The following summer he performed at Cambridge Folk Festival.
His debut album ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX 346) was released on the Greentrax label in May 2010 to great critical acclaim, being voted ‘Instrumental Album of the Year’ in the Fatea Awards, and picked as a ‘Top of The World’ album by Songlines Magazine. This is contempoaru
Rua performs in a trio with Tia Files (from Bodega) on guitar and Adam Brown on bodhran.
‘Young Scottish Highland fiddler delivers a debut of uninterrupted quicksilver playing to leave you breathless and eager for more.’ «««« Songlines review of ‘Tyro’ by Rua Macmillan
(A Songlines ‘Top Of The World’ album)
‘Rua MacMillan is one of the brightest of the current generation of rising stars to emerge from the R.S.A.M.D.’s Scottish Music. As a stylist of Scottish fiddle he is second to none. As an arranger of traditional music in the modern idiom there is no one I’d listen to more!’ Brian McNeill, founder of the Battlefield band and former head of Scottish Music at the R.S.A.M.D.
‘Sweeps away any competition’ Songlines, June 2011