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Oban fiddler Rona Wilkie wins BBC Young Traditional Musician 2012

Rona Wilkie
Image caption Rona Wilkie was the 12th person to win the title

A 22-year-old fiddler from Oban has been crowned BBC Radio Scotland's Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2012.

Rona Wilkie beat five other competitors in the grand final which was held at Glasgow City Halls on Sunday.

She receives a recording session with BBC Scotland, a performance at the Scots Trad Music Awards and one year's membership of Musicians Union.

All finalists also receive one year's membership of the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA).

The six finalists are also given the opportunity to take part in the TMSA's annual Young Trad Tour.

Speaking after her win, Ms Wilkie said: "I am absolutely thrilled about winning this award and I'm looking forward hugely to a very exciting year ahead."

'Great success'

The other finalists were Kirsty Watt from Lewis with Gaelic song, Katie Boyle from Glasgow on fiddle, Catriona Price from Orkney on fiddle, Roisin Anne Hughes from Glasgow on fiddle, and Alistair Ogilvy from Strathblane with Scots song .

Jeff Zycinski, head of BBC Radio Scotland, said: "It was a great night with a truly fantastic line-up of young talented musicians from across Scotland.

"The excitement around the event never fades and Rona now becomes the 12th person to hold the title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year.

"All the previous winners have gone on to enjoy great success and I'm certain that will also be true for Rona."

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