Ellie comes from just outside Rothienorman in Aberdeenshire, and has been brought up with traditional and bothy ballads alike. Last year she has performed at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Aberdeen Music Hall and as a guest artist at various folk festivals across the country. She has also collaborated with Malinky, guesting on their album, Handsel, and just before lockdown Ellie competed in the 2020 Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions in Elgin.


Ali Burns is a hugely experienced songwriter and workshop leader. She has run numerous community singing projects, and leads Edinburgh’s Songtribe and The Feral Choir in Castle Douglas. As well as running a variety of workshops for beginners and more experienced singers alike, she has recently launched Songbirds, an online portal to creative songwriting ideas for community choir and song leaders and does one-to-one mentoring for songwriters.



Kris Drever is a Glasgow-based, Orkney-born musician. He has won multiple awards including an incredible 7 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; two shortlist nominations for Scottish Album of The Year (with his trio Lau) and much acclaim for his solo recordings and concerts, including glowing reviews from The Herald, The Guardian, Mojo and Q Magazine. Kris has released several solo albums and is equally at home collaborating with a range of other musicians, including the recent Spell Songs project.


Photo by Genevieve Stevenson


Bella is a self-taught ‘fiddle singer’ and songwriter whose singing has taken her around the world while being rooted in her beloved Peak District. A BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Singer of the Year, her albums have won critical acclaim and her songs have tackled a wide range of themes and stories. She has performed for audiences from Canada to Japan, and is an experienced community choir leader.



With many years of experience in performing, teaching and choreography, Dawn works with people to make relevant, thought-provoking dance theatre and leads dynamic and fun sessions.

Dawn will be joined by Quee MacArthur, prolific composer for many theatre and dance productions and bass player with Shooglenifty.



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Scots Music Group :: Day of Song!

Online Via Zoom

Delivery: hosted online by Scots Music Group Zoom
Date: Saturday 12th December 2020
Time: Zoom opens at 9.45am and ends approx 3.45pm
Day Ticket: £30 pay more / £22 full / £14 concession