Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell

Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell


Nominated Scots Trad Music Awards 2006 Best Folk Band, this duo is taking Scottish music into an exciting new dimension. Rich in tradition, boldly forward-looking, with arrangements that expand & develop melodic ideas with imagination, subtlety and brio. This is music with genuine heart and soul.


Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell's latest album '18 Months Later' has been described as "a modern folk classic" (Glasgow Herald Oct. 2006). Angus, 6 times British accordion champion and session musician for Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) and Ruaridh, former Glenfiddich fiddle champion, formed their duo in 2002 - the same year they released their first album 'Simple Tricks' on the KRL Lochshore label.

“A totally fresh take on the tradition. Lochshore has put out some fantastic stuff from Scotland in the last few years, but nothing has been better than this. Nothing. This is a full wonder of a thing. WOW!”

“You get the feeling that Simple Tricks is a precious thing, made carefully with lots of love and hard work."
– The Scotsman

The duo have played at festivals across the UK, including Celtic Connections, Orkney, Sidmouth, Towersey, Both Sides of the Tweed & the Big Big World music festival. They work with Live Music Now!, the UK charity started by Yehudi Menuhin, and have also performed for television & radio – on shows such as BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Travel Folk’, ‘Celtic Connections’, ‘Global Gathering’ and ‘Take the Floor’. In January 2006, Ruaridh and Angus were invited to perform a live broadcast on Robbie Sheppard’s radio show ‘The Reel Blend’ for the BBC’s ‘Big Day of Music’ which celebrated the opening of the newly refurbished Glasgow City Halls.

Angus Lyon:

Angus has been playing the accordion since he was 5 years old. Competing at NAO events around the country, he went on to become a British champion by the time he was 13. After leaving school and working for a few years on the family farm he stated playing music full time in 1999. The following year he released his solo album ‘Long Road’ and formed his band A.L.B (Angus Lyon band) which included fiddle player Ruaridh Campbell. The pair then recorded their first album together 'Simple Tricks'. In addition to his own projects Angus has worked as a session musician – playing on over 30 albums, including the complete songs of Robert Burns and as part of the band that recorded the soundtrack to the ITV series Distant Shores. He is also a member of the band Box Club.

Over the last ten years Angus has recorded and performed with some of the biggest names in music including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Rick Nowels (Producer for Madonna, Jewel, New Radicals) Maartin Allcock, Craig David, Nick Bicât, Dr Fred Freeman & John Wright.

Ruaridh Campbell:

A pupil of virtuoso fiddler Douglas Lawrence, much of Ruaridh’s musical development took place in the solo fiddle competition scene, winning the Scottish national MOD, Banchory, Kirriemuir, and the Doric festival. In 2002, he was the Oban Highlands & Islands invitational ‘Fiddle Master’ as well as winner of the prestigious Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship.

Ruaridh graduated from Strathclyde university in 2005 where he was studying classical music under violinist Clive Thomas. As well as writing and performing with Angus Lyon, Ruaridh has recently recorded sessions for bands and artists such as Million Dollar Disco Orchestra, the 44’s, multi-instrumentalist Steve Lawrence, piper Chris Armstrong, and various singer-songwriters in Glasgow.


'18 Months Later' - Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell (2006 Mirrlees Records)

'Simple Tricks' - Angus Lyon & Ruaridh Campbell (2002 KRL Lochshore)

'Long Road' - Angus Lyon (1999 KRL Lochshore)