Scots Music Group runs traditional music and song classes for adults, informal sessions, monthly ceilidhs and other social events.
We are a community-based charity in Edinburgh.

Our Book of Remembrance

We wish to celebrate the lives of all those who have been an integral part of the SMG family.  Whether as students, tutors or members of our staff and board, we are grateful for all they did for us and join with you all in mourning their passing.

We invite you all to leave a comment, a note of remembrance, for Ian below:

Ian Young

We’re very sad to hear of the recent passing of Ian Young, who was a member of Nigel Gatherer’s Mixed Instrument class.
Nigel says: “From his early days in Rutherglen Academy and a wee bit later with the Ian Davison Folk Group, Scots music was a part of his soul.

Ian first came along to my classes a few years back to develop his tin whistle playing, and later he joined the Wednesday Morning SMG Mixed Instrument Class. I know he got a lot out of making music with others, but we got just as much from his company. When he recorded his recent CD Time & Tide I was delighted and honoured when he asked me to be part of it. Playing alongside his other friends, especially Brian Miller, was an absolute thrill. He wrote a couple of songs using compositions of mine, and I used to joke that, “There’s Lennon and McCartney, Rogers and Hammerstein, and now there’s Young and Gatherer!”

I knew this day was coming, and so did Ian, but he continued to try to make music every day. His loss is hard to bear, but my memories are all positive, and his legacy in music is considerable.


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  1. As well as being a gifted musician, Ian was a kind, generous, warm person. I will treasured his signed CD as I do his music and the memory of his friendship. Moira Dunworth

  2. I first met Ian, and his wife Anne, through Nitten (Newtongrange) Folk Club, where they were regular attenders and contributors to the sessions and concerts. Ian was a frequent winner of their annual Songwriting Competition. I particularly liked his “Long White Cloud” song about his trip to New Zealand, as well as “Time and Tide”. During his illness, he was still writing new songs and sending them out to friends.
    He was generous in sharing his music with others, and sent me a couple of tunes that he wanted us to play together – one being “Out of the Fog”. He enjoyed the music of the Appalachians and visiting N America too.
    He was a skilled cameraman, and some of his photos appear in the iconic book “Wayfaring Stranger”: he also produced some beautiful greetings cards using his photos.
    As others have said, he will be sorely missed from the music scene, both at SMG and Nitten. Our sincere condolences to Anne and his family. Trish Santer


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photo of Ian Young & Nigel Gatherer