Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham 

have toured together since 1988 and have won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Duo Award.

ALY BAIN is the best known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition and rightly regarded as Scotland's supreme fiddler. As a founder member of Boys of the Lough, Aly has toured extensively in America, Europe and the UK. In 1994 he was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to music and in 1999 received a Doctor of Music degree from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Aly is behind the popular TV series “Transatlantic Sessions” and his passionate fiddle playing has also found its way onto recordings by the likes of Eddie Reader and Richard Thompson.

PHIL CUNNINGHAM is a world famous accordion player and composer and has been named in The Scotsman as one of Scotland’s 25 most influential people. His mastery of the instrument has led to him working with the likes of Mark Knopfler, James Taylor, Rosanne Cash and Midge Ure. In recent years Phil's work has included numerous commissions for TV, film and large theatrical events. His ‘Highlands and Islands Suite’ and other collaborations have been a highlight of Celtic Connections in Glasgow. In 2002 Phil received an MBE for his contribution to Scottish music. 

Together, “they are simply the best traditional musicians you are ever likely to hear” – Glasgow Herald.


Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham play The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 17 March at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from or 01284 758000.