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Background information
OriginGlasgow, Scotland[1]
GenresCeltic music, Scottish folk music
Years active2014 (2014)–present[2]
LabelsTalisk Records
Past members

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


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 became the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician. The success of the band continued to grow into 2017 where they were awarded "Folk Band of the Year" at the MG Alba Scots 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. That same year, they received the Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music, the largest music prize in Scotland.[5]

Musical style[edit]

Talisk performing in an outdoor bandshell
Talisk at the 2019 Philadelphia Folk Festival

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."[6]

In September 2021, Hayley Keenan announced her departure from Talisk to work on new things. She was replaced two days later by Benedict Morris.[7]

Band members[edit]

Mohsen Amini plays the concertina, sitting on a stage lit in purple
Concertinist Amini at the Underneath the Stars festival in 2016





  • Abyss (2016)
  • Beyond (2018)


  • Aura (2021)


  • 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. ^ Jobson, Jonny (2 December 2018). "Scots folk music stars win big in Perth at Trad Awards". The National. Retrieved 19 June 2020.
  6. ^ Adams, Rob (9 May 2016). "Music review: Talisk at Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh". The Herald. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Talisk". Opera North. Retrieved 17 December 2021. Personnel change: Having returned to classroom music teaching full time during lockdown, Talisk’s previous fiddle player Hayley Keenan decided that education was the path for her. After seven amazing years with the group, she performed her last show with them in September.

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