Hamish Napier grew up in the Scottish Highlands and was steeped in traditional music from an early age. A multi-instrumentalist (flute, whistles, vocals, piano, and traditional Scottish stepdance), Napier was a finalist for Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year and a nominee for Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Traditional Music Awards. Napier has recorded with leading Scottish musicians Donald Shaw, Martyn Bennett, and Eddi Reader, and has collaborated with many of the U.K.'s finest folk musicians for festivals, national, T.V., and radio.
Before beginning his studies in jazz piano at Berklee last fall, Napier toured throughout Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with award-winning traditional Scottish folk quartet Back of the Moon, as well as teaching on the Scottish Music degree course at the National Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow. As one of the UNESCO Cities of Music, Glasgow is internationally recognised for its diverse and talented music scene: a vibrant, fresh, and highly-innovative melting pot of Scottish and Irish folk music, jazz, funk, dance music, classical, and indie styles. Amid this inspiring atmosphere, Napier's latest folk/jazz fusion solo project was born: the Hamish Napier Band.
In this new American version of his acclaimed group, who performed at the Celtic Connections Festival and the Glasgow International Jazz Festival last year, Napier invites a band of brilliant Berklee jazz and bluegrass musicians to join him for a unique blend of traditional Scottish and American folk music, original compositions, and jazz improvisation.
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