Hi, I’m Mera!
I’m a musician who has been lucky enough to grow up on the Isle of Man where there is a thriving music scene.
Young musicians are given lots of opportunities to learn and perform traditional and all sorts of tunes.
I love both the more traditional approach but I also like the way people often take the traditions somewhere new. I love the feeling of freedom that playing Manx and traditional music gives, allowing improvisation around a tune, and the way folk music brings people together to share influences and to encourage each other.
I play with lots of traditional musicians on the Island including flute player and tunesmith, Peddyr Cubberley and with friends in a band called ‘Scran’, which means ‘peasants’ in Manx Gaelic.
Scran have recorded an album of traditional and original tunes which will be released in late 2018, and have just finished working on an exciting and inspiring project with Scottish traditional music composer, Hamish Napier.
I was amazed to be announced as the winner of the Young Folk Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in Belfast in April of this year, especially considering the number of gifted young folk musicians from all across these islands.
It was great to get the opportunity to go to Kendal to play at the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award weekend. All of the performers were amazing and I really enjoyed playing at the concert, despite the nerves! It was such a massive thing to be selected to go on from there, and then just immense to find out in Belfast that I’d won the Young Folk Award.
The Young Folk Award has already brought some great opportunities and I’m really looking forward to playing at the festivals in 2018. I want to carry on playing traditional music, but I also really enjoy composing tunes and would like to study composition for film/TV after finishing Sixth Form.
I hope that music will always be a big part of my life.”