Lori Watson and Duncan Lyall

Award: Transmission Fund

Year: 2017

Genre: Folk/Acoustic

Location: Scotland

Website: loriwatson.net

Lori Watson is the first Doctor of Artistic Research in Scottish Music, and an authority on contemporary traditional music practice in Scotland. Drawing on her strong roots in the rich creative tradition of the Scottish Borders, she has become a leading interpreter of Scottish folk music and Scots song and her skills as a performer, composer, researcher and educator are widely recognised. The current Scots Singer of the Year, Lori's performance, composition and song writing can be heard in her own projects and with award-winning groups Boreas, Rule Of Three and Iain Morrison with whom she has toured throughout the UK and Europe as well as Canada and Australia.


Lecturer in Traditional Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Lori combines groundbreaking research and creative and composition work with a busy performance and teaching schedule to fulfil her expansive interest in music.


Duncan Lyall is the bass player for English folk singer Kate Rusby, a member of the Scottish classical/jazz/folk crossover GRIT Orchestra, and was one of the founding members of Scottish folk supergroup Treacherous Orchestra.


Regular invitations to work with an array of world renowned musicians have seen career highlights that include performing and recording with film composer Craig Armstrong, touring the UK with Mary Chapin Carpenter, conductor/arranger Vince Mendoza and legendary drummer Peter Erskine, performing with Guy Garvey at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, recording with Paul Weller, touring the UK with Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble, and performing and recording with bluegrass stars Ron Block (Alison Krauss & Union Station), Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still) and Sarah Jarosz.


Together they create beautiful, contemporary folk music and experimental soundscapes rooted in place, nature and community.