Trad music workshop with Gary Innes and Rory Matheson

In advance of their An Lanntair gig on Thurs 8th February, musicians Gary Innes and Rory Matheson are available to deliver an inspiring traditional music workshop for Secondary school pupils in the morning.  Although Gary is an accordionist and Gary a pianist, they are able to work with young musicians playing different traditional instruments.  The musicians can work with a large or small group at a time that fits in with your timetable. Pupils should bring their instrument. There is no cost to the school, as An Lanntair will pay the musician’s fee.

Suitable for: Secondary music pupils
Date: Thurs 8 Feb, in the morning
Venue: An Lanntair Auditorium or in school


Highland born accordionist and MG Alba Scots Trad Awards ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ winner, Gary Innes has been performing and composing music for over two decades. Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary is one of the founding members of award-winning Scottish super-group Mànran. He picked up an accordion for the first time at the age of 8 and has never looked back. Gary has recorded three solo albums, four albums with his current band Mànran, as well as albums with Ewan Robertson and all-accordion group Box Club. Gary has performed in over 30 countries worldwide.

Assynt born piano player, BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist Rory Matheson was brought up through the rich musical heritage of the North West. Growing up playing the accordion, he changed his hand to the piano during his teenage years, and found a passion for accompaniment. Rory’s style is heavily influenced by the music of the Highlands and islands, with elements of jazz and blues also influencing his approach to traditional music, creating a powerful and sympathetic rhythm player. Having only recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Rory has already toured throughout Europe, U.S.A and Australia. Rory is a founding member of Glasgow band ‘TRIP’, as well as performing and recording with several artists including The Madeleine Stewart Trio, Hannah Rarity, Iona Fyfe and Gary Innes.