About

Winners of the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Talisk are one of the fastest rising bands on the British folk scene.

Mohsen Amini (concertina), Hayley Keenan (fiddle) and Craig Irving (guitar) create a captivating, energetic and dynamic sound that, in little more than a year, has earned them multiple award wins and nationwide media and audience attention, as well as a nomination for Up and Coming Artist of the Year at the 2015 MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Most recently, Amini was crowned the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, adding to their collective trophy cabinet that far belies their years.

So too does their performance history, though – with appearances at world-leading festivals including the Cambridge Folk Festival, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention and Celtic Connections, as well as live sessions on both BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship folk programmes, theirs is a star firmly, and rapidly, on the ascent.


  • - Thank you to Nettlebed Folk Club for funding donation!
  • a rockin’ powerhouse
    - The Herald
  • Doubling the power of three
    - The Scotsman
  • The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious
    - Folk Radio UK
  • Setting scary standards
    - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
  • Extraordinary
    - Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)
  • Mohsen Amini

    Mohsen Amini is the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. Glasgow born Amini has been playing concertina for the last 14 years and has made a big impact on the trad scene since his professional career started.

    Co-founding his trio Talisk with guitarist Craig Irving and fiddler Hayley Keenan in late 2014 they seemed to take off. Picking up a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections only 3 months after formation and then managing to achieve the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in April the same year. Following this success they went on to be nominated as ‘Up and Coming Artists of the Year” in 2015 and their debut album “Abyss” was shortlisted for “Album of the Year 2016” at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

    Aside from Talisk, Mohsen was nominated as “Instrumentalist of the Year” at the 2016 MG ALBA Scot Trad Music Awards and also plays with trad Supergroup “Ímar”. Launching in early 2016 they managed to go viral instantly with a video raking up 200,000 views and another totalling 160,000. He is set to launch their debut album at Celtic Connections in 2017.

    “Concertina Virtuoso”The Scotsman
    “Amazing”BBC Radio 2
    “Volcanic Concertina Playing”The Herald

  • Hayley Keenan

    Hayley began playing the piano at the age of eight and the fiddle at the age of eleven after being influenced by her grandfather’s love of playing Scottish music.

    In 2008, Hayley was awarded a place at the Junior Academy of Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Previously RSAMD) in Glasgow, which she attended for three years, before moving to Plockton to complete her sixth year at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music under the tuition of Andy Thorburn and Iain MacFarlane. In 2012 she started as a full time student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland managing to graduate with a First Class Honours degree.

  • Craig Irving

    Originally from Inverness, Craig Irving began playing the guitar whilst living in Australia in 2009. Upon his return to Scotland, Craig studied music at Lews Castle College, Benbecula in 2012 and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland from 2013 to 2016.



    Craig formed the trio, Talisk, alongside Hayley Keenan and Mohsen Amini in 2014, who a few months after formation, won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. With Talisk, Craig has performed throughout the UK, Europe and Australia and their debut album, Abyss, received a nomination for ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards.

    

Craig is also a member of Scottish folk band, Mànran, with whom he has toured internationally, including performances in Australia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland, Spain and Belgium. These extensive performances cultivated in a nomination for ‘Live Act of the Year’ at the 2016 Scots Trad Music Awards. The band are set to release their third studio album in early 2017.