International Artist of the Year – Finalist
Oscar West is a Scottish-born fiddler, piper, whistle and recorder player who has lived the majority of his life in New Zealand. He is currently on tour with the Pop-up Globe theatre company in Melbourne that will complete a successful 5-month-long season in February 2018. Oscar has played as an actor and musician in four of the company’s major productions over the last two years, performing nearly 250 shows in total.
A spirited player and ambassador of Irish and Scottish traditional music, Oscar has performed at festivals around New Zealand and recorded with several groups, including his own duo Polytropos, formed with wooden flute/guitar player Rennie Pearson in 2010. The band recently completed a two-month long winter tour of the country, playing over 20 concerts in the North and South Island. Since 2015 he has played Highland pipes in the charismatic Scottish tribal band Clan Celtica who won International Celtic Artist in the Australian Celtic Music Awards last year.
Oscar’s enthusiastic and warm stage-presence is sought after in the traditional music scene. He has written many pipe and fiddle tunes in the traditional style and composed for short films, including On the Morrow (2014) and Goblin Market (2016), the latter recently winning best cinematography at the Auckland International Film Awards. His instrumental work is prominently featured on the Pop-up Globe theatre’s two soundtrack releases Heart’s Ease (2016) and Under the Greenwood Tree (2017).
He continues to enjoy a busy career playing Celtic music in theatrical and musical projects around Australasia.