I'm a freelancer, working mainly in folk music.
My delight in Scottish music stems from my earliest musical experiences- contact with people deeply connected to their tradition in every sense: the language, people, music and landscape of my home town of Achiltibuie. From family members, neighbours and friends I learned the Highland bagpipes and accordion by ear, and built a strong affinity with this music and culture. Later years brought a new passion: The piano, my imagination truly captured by the seemingly limitless number of possibilities this instrument offered.
The piano has been a bridge to wider worlds of music; classical, jazz and electronica, which increasingly inform my work.
Playing regularly with: Tannara, Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach, and Westward the Light.
Booking for these acts also.
The Lyceum’s 2019 production of Local Hero, with music by Mark Knopfler, and Findhorn Bay Arts’ 2018 production The Buke of the Howlat, with music by Quee McArthur.
Currently teaching weekly classes for Fèis Phàislig and the Falkirk Traditional Music Project.
Other teaching includes: Feis Gleann Albainn, Feis an Iar Thuath, Feis Dhun Eideann, Feis Oirt, Youth Music Initiative classes in Dumfries and Galloway primary schools, RCS Traditional Music Centre, Argyll Youth Arts Hub.
I’m always interested to hear enquires for private tuition in the Glasgow area.
2017 Festival Interceltique de Lorient Concours Accordéon Prix Public winner (Solo). BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalist 2017 (with Charlie Grey), FATEA Magazine Instrumental Album of the Year Finalist 2017 (with Charlie Grey), Scots Trad Music Awards Up and Coming Artist of the Year Nominee 2016 (Tannara)
Sometimes I do a bit of writing, which has included regular contributions to the West Highland Free Press, Folk Radio UK, and Living Tradition Magazine, one offs for various blogs and magazines, as well as bios, liner notes and copy for a variety of bands and organisations.
I have a small production space on the Hidden Lane in Finnieston. There’s more info about this and recording credits on the ‘studio/kit’ page.
Master of Music Performance- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2018)
Scottish Certificate Jazz Performance- St Andrews University (2016)
BA Applied Music- University of the Highlands and Islands (2016)