Successful Applicants 2021

Chair of the trustees Dave Cowing said: “As ever, the judges’ job has been exceptionally hard with another field of outstanding applicants this year.

“There is a vast amount of talent out there and we’d like to thank everyone for taking the time to submit their applications. There were some superb submissions made and choosing just three was very difficult. There are two research projects that we feel will leave a lasting legacy on the folk scene and one very talented young musician who we believe has a great future.”

Find out more about our 2021 grant recipients:

Isla Ratcliff

Isla, a graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, is a traditional fiddle player who will use her grant to fund the creation of videos to promote her debut album and an accompanying podcast that has been inspired by time spent in Cape Breton and New Brunswick in Canada.

Isla said:

“I’m delighted to receive this award from the Alan Surtees Trust. It will greatly help me to promote my debut album, which in turn will help me to kickstart my solo performance career.”

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Sophie Crawford

Musician Sophie will undertake two weeks of research tracing queer narratives in folk song and tradition with the view to creating a resource to raise awareness of queer history and queer voices in the folk tradition.

Sophie said:

“Thank you so so much to the Alan Surtees Trust for supporting me in my research to uncover queer narratives in folk song! LGBTIQA+ people have always existed, and it feels so important to show that we exist in traditional music too. It means so much to have the support of the trust – I’m so excited about what I will discover!”

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Marie Bashiru

Musician and producer Marie will spend her bursary on exploring the cultural significance of the era of blackface minstrelsy and its lasting legacy today along with equipment to record music inspired by her findings.

Marie said:

“This award from the Alan Surtees Trust is a much needed investment into the overdue research of British folk music and the impact of cross-cultural exchange within the empire; a much needed resource that I hope will reach many more people thanks to this grant from the Alan Surtees Trust.”

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