Magnus Turpie

Magnus Turpie is currently part of Live Music Now Scotland Pathways Programme which provides disabled musicians with individual, personalised support. Magnus plays accordion on a diatonic 3-row b/c/c# 'button' accordion and currently performs with Siannie Moodie (see artist link at the bottom of the page).

Magnus has been performing since 2017, highlights include ‘Loud and Clear’ at Scottish Parliament, ‘Lau-land Big Tune Machine’ (EIF), and ‘Knight at the Castle’ (2018) with fiddler Isla Ratcliffe & accordionist Cavan Rodgers where they supported singer/songwriter Sophie Penman.

More recent performances include Dandelion Festival : Lauriston Farm opening day (2022) with guitarist Dominic Blaikie; Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail – gigs & closing concert at Eden Court – (July/Aug 2023 ); Scottish & European Folk Day event – Scottish Storytelling Centre (Sept 2023), hosted by folk band Dowally. In June 2023 he played trombone with the Paragon Stride/Rock DI (Armonia E Inclusión, Mexico) show 'Abrazos' in Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow.

Magnus's band 'Magnus Turpie Combo' appeared in the final of Celtic Connections 'Battle of the Folk Bands' in January 2024 are were invited to perform at Girvan Folk Festival in May '24.

In March, Magnus joined "Ester and Iseabail's Kitchen Ceilidhs" tour of Skye, challenging stereotypes and raising awareness of traditional musicians with Down's Syndrome.

In 2023, Magnus piloted ‘Pathways’ programmes for both Live Music Now Scotland and Fèis Rois 'Ceilidh Trail'. He is delighted to continue to work with both of these organisations this year to build their reputations as 'Inclusive' agencies and address the under-representation of people with additional support needs in their programmes.

He is also a composer, working towards completion and recording of a ‘4 Seasons’ suite with Drake Music Scotland in a more ‘lounge jazz’ style. Magnus is also responsible for creating the ubiquitous ‘Magnus’s Polka’, which has been gaining popularity nationwide and abroad since its creation in 2013.

Magnus Turpie is also a member of ‘All together Now’ (RSNO), ‘GDJam’ (EJBF) and Scots Music Group in Edinburgh. He regularly volunteers at 'Totally Sound/Reel Youth Media CIC' in Edinburgh and plays Hi-Hat and Snare Drum with the SMG community ceilidh Band 'Ceilidh Calleerie'.

He enjoys regular private music tuition on Fiddle, Chromatic Accordion and Diatonic Button Box and can turn his hand to Guitar and Ukulele on demand.

Last, but not least, Magnus is a member of Lung Ha and Cutting edge Theatre Companies in Edinburgh and enjoys Cycling, Golf, Canoeing, Climbing, Lawn and tenpin Bowling.

He is grateful to all of these agencies, as well as Creative Scotland’s ‘Create: Inclusion II’ initiative, for their support; also his tutors and playing partners who have brought him to this point in his musical life.

Magnus looks forward to playing for and with you soon.

What they play...

Mothers of St Anne's (Knox), The Wren (trad Breton), Magnus's Polka (Turpie) -'Mothers Set medley'
Teribus, Corriechoillie's Welcome to the Northern Meeting, Scotland the Brave - 'Marches Set'
Dark Island, Duanang an t-Seoladair, Dalbeag (Maplesden) - Gaelic style Waltzes
Dargai (Scott-Skinner) , I B’hi A’da (trad), General Howe's March (Anon)
Wild Mountain Thyme
Your Cheatin' Heart

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