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Downtown radio show - 3 Dec 2013 - Interview with Ross Couper & Tom Oakes

Jerry Guirguis & Janet Francis interview Ross Couper & Tom Oakes, live-to-air from the studio of 96.5FM – Downtown [ Tuesday 3rd Dec 2013 ].

8:15pm – Our special guests are Tom Oakes [ guitar & flute ] & Ross Couper [ fiddle ], UK’s latest musical sensations.

Shetland music ignites Hawthorn Arts Centre

This December, Boroondara’s own Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club returns to Hawthorn Arts Centre for an energetic extravaganza of fiddles, dancing and pipes, showcasing the vibrant Scottish duo Ross Couper (fiddle) and Tom Oakes (guitar) all the way from the Shetland Islands.

Approaching its 20th anniversary and stronger than ever, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club continues to bring together players of various ages to perform an invigorating assortment of traditional and modern tunes from the Scottish diaspora.

The Hawthorn Arts Centre performance will build on the success of MSFC’s fourth album, Of an Island, released mid-2012, which takes in the music of Scotland and the various islands to which Scottish music emigrated. Various members of the club were involved in creating the CD’s musical arrangements, with these warm, personal connections to the music showing through in MSFC’s captivating performances.

The evening will showcase the dynamic playing of young Scottish duo Ross Couper and Tom Oakes, visiting Australia for the first time thanks to Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club’s Travelling Fiddlership exchange program, set up in 2010 and supported by sponsors Bill and Diane Sides.

Ross and Tom’s dynamic combination is deeply rooted in the traditions of Scotland and Ireland, while also possessing a vital modernity drawing on the pair’s musical journey so far.

Ross and Tom are Scotland’s second recipients of the Travelling Fiddlership, following the 2011 visit by fiddle and harp duo, Chris Stout and Catriona McKay.

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club’s Angus Downing enjoyed a rewarding experience travelling to the Shetland Islands in 2010 as the first Travelling Fiddlership recipient from Australia.

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club’s heart-warming mix of traditional and contemporary tunes and ballads will bring a smile to the lips and perhaps a tear to the eye of anyone who can trace a link back to Scotland, to Shetland or even to Nova Scotia.


The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club featuring Ross Couper and Tom Oakes perform at

Hawthorn Arts Centre on Sunday,

8 December. Arrive at 2.15pm for a 2.30pm start.

Hawthorn Arts Centre is at 360 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn.

Ticket enquiries to Shirley Hunter on 03 9598 5896 or 0402 442 511.

Tickets available at:


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