Ella Munro Band
22nd June 2023 - 8pm
Ella is a folk singer originally from the Isle of Skye but now based in Glasgow. In 2009, she was awarded a place at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, where she spent 5 years studying Scots and folk song. Ella then studied further at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. It was during this time that Ella formed the Ella Munro Band.
After supporting acts across the central belt, including the likes of the Paul Mckenna Band and Archie Fisher, the Ella Munro Band became regulars on the folk club circuit around the UK and enjoyed performing across the country, from Durness to Jersey. Ella's unique combination of folk song, Scots song and original songs has enraptured audiences across the country with the band able to both play foot-stomping upbeat songs to engage an entire audience of all ages and stages but also perfectly execute a nuanced traditional ballad. Ella was a finalist for the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Award in 2017 and later successfully released her debut EP in 2018, ‘The Final Trawl’. Ella’s Summer 2023 tour encompasses venues across the UK and is not one to be missed!
Ella's musicians are worthy of bookings in their own right so we are lucky to have them.
Michael Biggins is a multi-instrumentalist originally from Newcastle-
Upon-Tyne but now residing in Glasgow. He currently plays and tours with
TRIP, The Canny Band, Tom McConville, Northern Company and Irish Celtic
– Spirit of Ireland Dance Show.
In January, Michael became BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional
Musician of the Year for 2021.
Michael recently graduated from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in
Glasgow under the tutelage of Professor Sinae Lee on piano. Prior to this, he studied at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where he studied with Graham Caskie. Michael also studied with respected pianists Eileen Bown and Jean Armstrong who are based in Newcastle.
Michael is joining the Ella Munro Band for the summer 2023 tour.
Sam Mabbett is a melodeon player from Oxford but now a resident of Glasgow for over 7 years. Sam came to Glasgow to study traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland after initially performing in the English folk scene. Whilst studying in Glasgow, Sam become one of the original members of the Ella Munro Band in 2017. Sam has since been a
BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Finalist in 2023. His other bands include The Canny Band and The Unprepared. Sam originally toured with the Ella Munro band in 2017 and will be performing on several dates on the summer 2023 tour.