Scottish singer Robyn Stapleton was awarded BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2014 and has quickly become one of Scotland’s most sought-after folk singers. With a uniquely pure tone, wonderful control and an empathy and sensitivity for traditional song, she is described as having one of the fines voices in Scottish music. Robyn sings the songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language. She has performed with many prestigious ensembles, including the RSNO, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble. Her debut album, Fickle Fortune has received outstanding reviews:
“Her warm, sweet voice has a depth and colour that belies her youthfulness” – fROOTS
Brought up in the South West of Scotland, Robyn was first introduced to singing through the poetry of Robert Burns and has fast become one of the most respected singers of Burns’ song. She has been invited to perform his most famous works on BBC television and radio, alongside Oscar-winning actors, and on legendary radio programme, Desert Island Discs.
January 2017 marked the release of Robyn’s second album, Songs of Robert Burns. Through the poetry of Scotland’s national bard, the album explores the themes of history, humanity, love and nature. The album features many of Scotland’s finest instrumentalists, including Patsy Reid, Jenna Reid, Aaron Jones, Signy Jakobsdottir and a quartet of four of Scotland’s finest string players, bringing a powerful and evocative dimension to these iconic songs.
Keen to pass on her knowledge of traditional music and culture to others, Robyn has a strong reputation as a song leader and tutor, and was recently named an ‘Ambassador of the Scots Language’ (Education Scotland). In addition to performing and teaching at home in Scotland, Robyn is committed to sharing traditional music and song internationally. She regularly performs overseas at concerts and festivals, sharing and promoting Scotland and Ireland’s music and language.