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.
We’re heading north to explore the music of Orkney, Shetland & Norway at our online Day of Tunes 2 on Sat 19th June 9am-1pm. We've brought together 3 great musicians to share their expertise ~Karen Tweed, @sturlaeide & Catriona Macdonald. Join us... https://www.scotsmusic.org/day-of-tunes-2/