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It has been another busy year of touring across the UK and further afield for Bothwell fiddler John McCusker and 2104 looks like being no different.

John spent four months on tour in Europe and fortnight in America with Mark Knopfler.

He said: “We visited some beautiful places and played incredible venues including The Royal Albert Hall. I always feel very fortunate being a part of these tours.”

He recorded a series of Transatlantic Sessions for BBC4 playing with the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Teddy Thompson, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny which are available on DVD and CD.

The summer saw John take in a number of festivals as well as appearing on new records for Eddi Reader, Fishermans Friends and Simon Fowler.

He also peformed with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra at Proms in The Park.

John said: “The orchestra arranged two of my compositions and I performed them live on TV with Donald Shaw, Mike McGoldrick and Kris Drever - it was a total thrill.”

He visited Spain to play with Flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo before going on tour with Heidi Talbot (pictured), John Doyle and Andy Cutting.

John ended the year with Phil Cunningham’s Xmas Songbook and appearing on the live BBC Hogmanay Show.

Next year starts off with the Transatlantic Sessions tour in January and February including two nights at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections.

John said: “The tour always has great guests and this year is no different. I always look forward to playing with new folk and I’m excited to play with Shawn Colvin and Sarah Jarosz as well as Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien.”

The touring continues with pals John Doyle and Michael McGoldrick during February and March and then reunites with Heidi Talbot throughout April.

For a full list of dates visit www.johnmccusker.co.uk.