The Alexandra Hotel was alive with the sound of music on 14 June as we presented our 2023 Junior Young Musician of the Year Award to 10-year old fiddler, Jethro Murray, from Corpach.
After receiving his award, Jethro entertained us with a wide-ranging performance of traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes – including the haunting “Calum’s Road” – composed by Donald Shaw to commemorate the road on Raasay built by Calum MacLeod to stop his village of Arnish from becoming uninhabited.
Jethro, who attends Bun-Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, sports the red tassel, awarded by legendary Lochaber fiddler Aonghas Grant to promising young musicians, on his fiddle. Rotary President Simon Hardiman thanked Jethro for his performance and members responded with warm applause.
“Meal do naidheachd a Ietro – ‘s math a rinn thu!”
Speaking after the Award, Marissa Melville, Head Teacher, said: “We are very proud of Jethro for being awarded the Young Musician of the Year award by the Lochaber Rotary Club. He is an extremely talented musician and we always enjoy opportunities to hear him perform. I am certain that he has a very promising musical career ahead of him. ‘S math a rinn thu Jethro, tha sinn uabhasach moiteil asad!”