Considered one of the most talented young pipers in Scotland Steven Blake is equally at home with traditional piping, contemporary folk music and composition. He possesses a unique style of playing which sets him apart from his peers.
Perhaps best known for his work with RURA, over the last few years Steven has taken to the stage across the globe from Japan, to the U.S., Canada and all around Europe- including extensively touring the UK.
From his beginnings as a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2008 he has set about forging a dynamic performance career.
He attended Glasgow’s Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) where he completed a degree in Scottish Music with Piping as a speciality.
Steven has worked in big collaborative line-ups such as The Unusual Suspects to touring with the likes of Judy Colins and guesting alongside bands such as Cappercaille.
He has played on raucous festival stages including Heb Celt, Celtic Connections- at The Old Fruit Market in Glasgow- and the main stage at Tonder festival in Denmark (appearing with The Chieftains.)
He has also taken the stage as a soloist with quite a few orchestral line-ups including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Royal Northern College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.
Steven’s main project RURA released their debut album with Greentrax in March 2012 , went on to win “Up and Coming Act of the Year” at the MG Alba Traditional Music Awards 2012, nominees for ‘Folk Band of the Year‘ 2013, were nominees for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for the coveted ‘Horizon‘ award and ‘Live Act of Year’ at the 2015 Scots Trad Music AwardsEvents