Born in Edinburgh, raised in Dunbar and Gorgie. Sang in school and church choirs. Edinburgh College of Art in the 60s, sang R&B and jazzy stuff in the Place, the Gamp. Lived in Italy for three years, then taught in Ayrshire, Essex, Fife. Left teaching aged 50, worked as Father Christmas in Jenners (so good at it they kept me on until Easter). Co-founded singing group Sangsters (‘Tingle factor in spades’ Folk Roots, ‘Cream of the crop’ The Scotsman), and made two well-received CDs for Greentrax. Went to Iran three times to buy Persian carpets. Started working as music tutor with New Makars Trust, SMG, Sangschule etc. Recorded CD of own songs ‘Evenin’s Fa’. Songs recorded by Karine Polwart, Dick Gaughan and Roy Bailey. Nominated for Tutor of the Year and Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Music Trad Awards 2012.
Excited to announce @handsupfortrad Tinto Spring School for participants 11-17 running from 19th-21st March. Tutors are the fab @adamfiddle and @jennbutterworth. Tickets and more info at the link!
Tinto Towers, Kingdom of Fife.