Winners of the 2017 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’ Folk Band Of The Year, 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Young Folk Award and nominees of the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Horizon Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the UK folk scene in recent years.
Barely four years since their formation, Talisk have already stacked up several major awards for their pyrotechnic yet artfully woven sound – including Folk Band of the Year 2017 at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Mohsen Amini – the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong meld concertina, fiddle and guitar seamlessly together, to produce a unique force that has taken them to many corners of Europe, throughout the UK on headline tours, to the USA, Canada and Australia. The trio’s unique sonic signature has captivated audiences at world- leading festivals, including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Celtic Colours in Cape Breton, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Celtic Connections and Brittany’s Festival Interceltique de Lorient during their 2017 Year of Scotland – whilst the group were also selected for official showcases at both WOMEX 17 and Folk Alliance International 2018.
Whilst their touring history may far bely their years, so to does their unfailing energy and stage presence. With a second album in the pipeline, alongside heavy touring throughout 2018 and beyond, theirs remains a star firmly and rapidly on the ascent.
Reviews of Talisk
“Extraordinary” / Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2“Doubling the power of three” / The Scotsman
“…the technical ability of each member is clear in the energetic, dynamic sound produced” / Songlines
“…creates an exciting sound that, in this case literally, drags an audience out of its seats.” / The Herald
“…completely blown away by the sheer dexterity and musicianship” / The Living Tradition
“setting scary standards” / Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2