Traditional Music has always run deep in my Family. My Grandfather started off the craze by playing accordion in a Scottish dance band in and around the town halls and hotels of Moray. The trail then continues with my Mum who was taught Fiddle and Piano from an early age. After studying Music Education in Aberdeen and Edinburgh she returned to Moray as a Music Teacher before moving to my hometown of Ellon in Aberdeenshire, where she first joined the Ythan Fiddlers. She is now the Musical Director and President of the Society (Go Mam).
I first picked up the fiddle (which was plastic) at the age of five and was constantly intruding my mother's fiddle lessons, much to the annoyance of her pupils I might add. All they wanted to was learn but there they are having to endure a young lad playing a plastic fiddle with a ladle. I was eventually trusted with a real fiddle and after much persistence mum caved and began to show me the reigns. I soon started the Piano but grew impatient embarrassingly quickly and moved onto the next instrument within reach. In the latter years of my primary education I took up the Double Bass and was taught in the early years by the legendary Pete Wiltshire. This lead to many opportunities, most importantly playing in the school ceilidh band. I later progressed onto bass guitar and likewise formed a ceilidh band when the school band unfortunately had to be disbanded.
I'm currently in my final year of studying Music Business at UHI Perth College and have just finished volunteering at Celtic Connections and intend to go back for many years to come.
I started this blog after Celtic Connections finished in January 2015 mainly so I could have a place to talk about album releases, share my own views about Music and promote Scottish traditional/folk Music to a younger generation.