‘Dalriata’s King’ – fantasy feature film with amazing young talent

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A new historical / fantasy epic is being created in Scotland. The film is set in the ancient Kingdom of Dalriata before it united with the Picts to become Scotland. Alpin MacEchdach must unite his kingdom if he is to defeat a terrifying supernatural evil and rescue his young brother, Finn. The deep characters and compelling story have motivated an enthusiastic cast and crew to attempt the impossible as they work together to bring this independent feature film to the screen.


The brothers survey Dalriata
The exiled brothers survey their war-torn Kingdom of Dalriata


Dalriata’s King‘ features young actors previously featured on this site including Peter Gait, Steven Gait (aka the Gaitway Brothers) and Finn is played by Noah Irvine (the younger brother of Samuel Irvine). These young actors also featured in ‘The Fable of Forsaken’ which was released last year and is now touring film festivals. Both films were ventures of the independent film company ‘Fellowship Film‘ which works alongside communities to bring about large-scale film projects of real depth and value.

The Evil Nathara and here victim

Peter Gait is victim to the evil sorceress, Nathara (played by Kerry Browne)


Finn MacEchdach
Noah Irvine plays the challenging role of the young prince, Finn MacEchdach


Noah Irvine, comes from a family of actors and his father, Barry Irvine, played the heroic Templar Knight in ‘The Fable of Forsaken’. The shoot has been incredibly full on for the young actor and he will not be wrapped until mid-November. However, he has approached this difficult and very physical role with relish and no shortage of enthusiasm!

 Noah tells us:

“The film is awesome and if you like action, well… it’s just the perfect film!”

The press is hailing the film as the ‘budget braveheart‘ (but with better accents!) due to the fact that ‘Dalriata’s King‘ is a passion project, achieving professional standards and high production value on a micro budget. All cast and crew are giving their services for free because they wholeheartedly believe in the project and want to see a change in the provision for large scale films with creative vision.



The Pictish warrior, Fergus (Peter Cosgrove)

The second block of filming is being funded through an Indigogo campaign which is already more than half-way to its target. Click here or the image below to find out more and see the first epic footage from ‘Dalriata’s King‘!

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Tanner Massey – an adventure begins!

“Don’t just wish on a star; be a star”   Tanner Massey

Tanner MasseyIt is always exciting to introduce new talent to Torchlight Talent and 11-year-old Tanner is both brand new and amazingly talented! Tanner is a natural performer with a tangible passion for his art.

The Texas-born Oklahoma boy lives to sing! Tanner tells us on his YouTube channel:

“I love just about everything about singing. There are very few things about singing that I dislike right now!”

Tanner’s father told me the story of how he realised his son had real talent. They first noticed his amazing voice while he was singing along to a computer game! Tanner would always be singing – any time any place – and eventually they decided it was time to invest in voice lessons. After much searching, they found a singing teacher who was able to push Tanner in the right direction and, to hear him sing now, it would be easy to think that Tanner had been singing competitively all his life. Knowing that it has only been a matter of months suggests to me that there is a very exciting future ahead for Tanner – both vocally and for his music career.tksing1

Tanner has been heavily influenced by the voice and music of Bruno Mars and shares some of that highly 
successful singer’s easy tone and charming personality. However, Tanner also has a powerful voice with incredible dynamic potential and he hinted to me that there might be some power-ballad performances on the horizon. Tanner loves to sing and his enthusiasm comes across clearly in his performing. Not all recording artists are also able to hold an audience but, as well as having a naturally expressive voice, Tanner has a talent for communicating with crowds and individuals in a way that is very rare for one so young. Watch him performing live – click here: 

Tanner sings 'Hallelujah'

It may be surprising to hear that Tanner has struggled considerably with nerves to the extent that they would choke him up and prevent him from singing to his full potential. In the beginning, he flat out refused to sing in public and it took two months to convince him that he had a talent not to be wasted. Gradually, Tanner has been working to overcome these nerves and to hear him perform now you would think he was born on the stage! Much of this progress has been due to the encouragement he receives from his fans. In his own words:

Tanner in kitchen“I love support! I love people that cheer other people on and I love every single person right now!”

For a young artist in Tanner’s position at such an early stage of his career, a little encouragement will go a very long way. If you want to support youth music and make an enthusiastic 11-year-old smile, make sure you follow Tanner on whatever social media you use and let him know that you are behind him in his musical adventure:

As usual, I asked Tanner what advice he would give to other young people trying to achieve their musical dreams. He gave me a fantastic quote:

tannerdaredevil“Don’t just wish on a star; be a star!”

Tanner would like to thank Ray Sams and family (including his daughter, vocal artist Taylor Renee), Kevin and Laura Tatum (Heartland Opry) and ‘the many, many wonderful people on Twitter’ who have supported him in his journey. Tanner would especially like to thank his dad for driving to his gigs and always having his back.

“Thank you all (including Torchlight Talent) for being wonderful by getting Tanner’s name out to people.  We appreciate all you do.”  Tanner’s management