Talisk are a Scottish folk band composed of Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan, and Graeme Armstrong. The band rose to prominence after winning the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Young Folk Award and the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards’ Folk Band Of The Year award in 2017.[3][2][4]

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Background information
OriginGlasgow, Scotland[1]
GenresCeltic music, Scottish folk music
Years active2014 (2014)–present[2]
LabelsTalisk Records
  • Mohsen Amini
  • Hayley Keenan
  • Graeme Armstrong
Past members


Talisk were formed in 2014 with Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan, and Craig Irving. Irving left to join Mànran, and was replaced on the guitar by Graeme Armstrong.[2] In 2015 the band won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Following this Amini picked up the BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year in 2016. The success of the band continued to grow into 2017 where they were crowned "Folk Band Of The Year" at the MG Alba Scot Trad Music Awards. Amini then followed to be named the 2018 Musician of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Their debut album, Abyss, was released in 2016, and their second album, Beyond, was released in 2018.

Musical styleEdit

Neil McFadyen of Folk Radio UK described their music in a review as having a "driving, fiery" sound. "It’s hard to think of [another] band that has achieved so much and made such an impact on the trad music scene in their first three years," he wrote. "They just keep piling the energy into the music, and it’s energy that sweeps their audience right along with them."[2]

A 2015 article on the same site by Johnny Whalley noted that "their music draws on the Irish as well as the Scottish tradition and generally cracks along at a lively pace with concertina and fiddle vying for the lead, driven by Craig’s guitar. The musicianship is phenomenal, the enthusiasm infectious and guaranteed to put a smile on your face."[1]

Talisk are a purely instrumental band. Rob Adams of the Herald Scotland noted in a review that "in the absence of songs to vary the mood and tempo, they employ passages of reflection and trance-like motifs or offer a quiet melodic introduction."[5]

Band membersEdit


  • Abyss (2016)
  • Beyond (2018)


  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015 (2015)
  • The Mark Radcliffe Folk Sessions (2015)
  • BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017 (2017)
  • Celtic Colours Live, Vol.5 (2017)
  • The Rough Guide to Scottish Folk (2018)


  1. ^ a b Whalley, Johnny (3 November 2015). "FAIRPORT'S CROPREDY CONVENTION 2015 (LIVE REVIEW)". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d McFadyen, Neil (19 October 2018). "Talisk: Beyond". Folk Radio UK. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  3. ^ "About". Talisk. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  4. ^ "Largs fiddler Hayley Keenan recognised at music awards". Largs and Millport Weekly News. 13 January 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ Adams, Rob (9 May 2016). "Music review: Talisk at Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh". Herald Scotland. Retrieved 19 November 2018.

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