Phil and Aly take on academy role

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FOLK legends Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain have backed Merlin Music’s new Academy of Traditional Music.

The duo have agreed to be patrons for the project, which will start off with accordion, guitar and fiddle.

A spokesperson for Merlin Music said: “Aly and Phil are delighted to support the academy and to encourage more young people to take up and learn new instruments.

“With these hard times and cuts everywhere, unfortunately music is not immune and if we can help to get more people interested in music and learn an instrument then that is a huge bonus.”

Tutors will be Ian Lowthian (accordion), Iain Fraser (fiddle) and Donald Knox (guitar).

Anybody interested in joining the academy, which is due to start in September, should contact Merlin Music direct on 01896 822376 or complete the online form at