Accordionist Phil Cunningham to champion Scottish arts

Acclaimed Shetland accordionist Phil Cunningham MBE has been appointed to the body that will set up a new national arts organisation, the Scottish Government announced today.

The Grammy-winning instrumentalist and broadcaster, best known for his collaborations with fiddler Aly Bain, is set to join the board of the company charged with setting up Creative Scotland.

The new organisation, to be created from the merger of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, will be a national development body for arts and culture.

Cunningham is the final appointment to the board of the company whose directors also include broadcaster Sheena McDonald.

Culture Minister Mike Russell said: “A world-renowned accordionist and promoter of traditional music worldwide, Phil Cunningham adds to the wealth of artistic experience on the board.

“I very much look forward to working with him.”

Ewan Brown, chairman of the transitional body, Creative Scotland 2009 Ltd, explained: “Phil Cunningham is a major musical and creative practitioner in Scotland.

“His talents and experience are truly impressive and valuable, and I am delighted to welcome him to the board at this important time, as we take forward the transition to the establishment of Creative Scotland as a champion of all the arts and creative industries.”

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