Aged five, I heard my Aunt playing traditional fiddle music at a family gathering and I was hooked. This started a musical journey which has thus far taken me from my home in Portobello, where I was taught classical and traditional music by Mairi Campbell, to The Royal Music College in Stockholm, via Sgoil Chuil na Gaedhealtachd in Plockton and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where I graduated with a first class honours degree in Scottish Music. In my early teens I was hugely inspired by the Shetland fiddle traditions, but currently I’m more influenced by West Coast style ornamentation and a passion for Swedish Folk Music- an unusual combination perhaps! The Swedish style of combining two melody instruments as opposed to working with an accompanist really fascinates me. There is a very close connection to dancing in Swedish Folk music, really forcing you to get under the skin of the tune and discover how the ornamentation and pulse of the tune shapes the collaboration between dancer and musician. This approach is something I am very keen to now apply to my Scottish repertoire. In my time in Sweden I also become interested in Oldtime American music, in which I found a close connection to the Scottish style of playing.
These days I’m a full time freelance musician and teacher, with several projects on the go- check the Projects tab to see what I’ve been up to.
Notable past performances/collaborations include:
- Strathspey and Surreal at Celtic Connections
- multiple appearances at Scots Fiddle Festival (with Catriona Hawksworth/Michael Ferrie, and again with Magdalena Eriksson)
- Geiteberg folk festival in duo with Markus Räsänen
- a sold out solo concert at Stallet, Stockholm’s foremost folk and world music venue
- Much Ado About Nothing (Bard in the Botanics/RCS – musical director/performer)
- The Royal Albert Hall with Feis Rois.