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Gnoss (SCO)

Their experimental approach to Scots traditional music marks Gnoss out as one of the most interesting young bands in Scotland. Aidan Moodie, guitar and vocal, and Graham Rorie, violin and mandolin, are both Orcadians and have won recognition as a duo. At The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow they teamed up with Connor Sinclair, flutes and vocal, and Craig Baxter, bodhrán and percussion, and founded Gnoss in 2015. That same year, the group won the Danny Kyle prize, awarded to young, emerging folk musicians. In 2017, they got nominated for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, and Gnoss was nominated again for Album of the Year in 2019 and 2021 for the records Drawn from Deep Water and their latest, The Light of the Moon. These four musicians are on top of their game, and their fine singing is backed by imaginative arrangements. Gnoss have played in many countries in Europe and North America, and the quartet has graced stages at festivals such as Orkney Folk Festival, Festival Interceltique de Lorient and Celtic Connections. Their only Danish festival in 2023.