Ross & Ryan Couper

Ross Couper is best known as a member of the Peatbog Faeries and as one half of a duo with guitar and flute extraordinaire Tom Oakes. Ross started learning the fiddle aged just eight, and went on to Lerwick's Anderson High School where he was taught by his mother, Margaret Robertson, a renowned fiddle teacher who was recently awarded an MBE for her services to Traditional Music. Ross continues to be one of the finest exponents of Shetland's traditional fiddle playing, and although always respectful to the tradition, he is also recognised as a musician who pushes the limits of expectations with the instrument.  

Ryan Couper has also played since he was a young boy, with his instrument of choice being the guitar, and was the only person to ever receive lessons from Shetland guitar legend ‘Peerie’ Willie Johnson. Ryan is part of the Shetland band Vair, and has appeared at many festivals and gigged extensively over the years, with one of his notable performances being with Martin Taylor at the Celtic Connections concert showcasing the music of Shetland. 

Having played together since they were bairns, Ross and Ryan released their first duo album  - And Den Dey Made Tae - to great acclaim in 2020.