A TWO times finalist in BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards is heading to Settle Victoria Hall on Friday, July 1.

The multi-award winning Ryan Young, described as ‘bringing new and exciting ideas to traditional Scottish music’ has received international praise for his ‘spell-binding interpretations’ on the fiddle.

His debut album was recorded with four time Grammy awards winner Jesse Lewis, who has worked with the likes of Bela Fleck and Yo Yo Ma, and launched at Feakle Traditional Music Festival in County Clare, where he was accompanied by renowned guitarist, Dennis Cahill.

Focussing on traditional Scottish music, Ryan brings new life to very old, often forgotten, tunes by playing them in his own unique way.

Ryan holds both a first class honours and a Masters degree from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and was twice a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of The Year. He was awarded ‘Up And Coming Artist Of The Year’ at the Scots Trad Awards in 2017, nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2018 and awarded Folking.com’s Musician Of The Year title, also in 2018.

Jig Jam, a multi-award winning quartet from Ireland, are at Victoria Hall on Monday, July 4.

Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana in a new genre which has been branded as ‘I-Grass’ - Irish influenced Bluegrass - their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability, has captivated audiences throughout the world.

Described as ‘The best Irish group so far in bluegrass’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance.

All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam - Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan, Daithi Melia and Gavin Strappe interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear.

Also coming up is a showing of Romantics Anonymous on July 6, courtesy of The Ribblesdale Area Moving Picture Show (TRAMPS).

Romantics Anonymous tells the story of Angélique, a gifted chocolate-maker whose treats are legendary around town, but her uncontrollable shyness prevents her from acknowledging her talents.

Also on July 6 is the film Edie. Edie, who is in her 80s, feels that her life is falling apart after the death of her husband, and so, to take control, she embarks on a solo climbing trip to the Scottish Highlands. For more details of all events and to book tickets, visit: https://www.settlevictoriahall.org.uk, or call the box office on 01729 825718.