I’m a guitar player from the Scottish Borders. I help out at a local fiddle "school" by keeping the beat, adding a bit of harmony and transcribing the tunes for players who struggle to learn/play by ear.
I’m in a few different musical ensembles and "perform" about fifty times a year, sometimes for listening, sometimes for dancing.
Up until recently I taught guitar (after 25 years of teaching Mathematics). I’m now sort of retired (now getting my superannuated pension) but still do a bits and pieces that I want to do as well as a few instrument repairs. Reaching the age of sixty I’m now entering the second third of my life - that’s what I tell myself, anyway.
I’ve written a few tunes and have the gall to post a few of them on this site (although I have done my penance). One of my proudest moments was when, to my surprise, the ceilidh band at the Stonehaven Aqua Ceilidh played "Sheila’s Cape Breton Jaunt" when we were "dancing" the Canadian Prawn Dance!
For the last few years I have been helping fiddler Amy Geddes at Fyne Fiddle Weekends at Ardkinglas House. Together, we also spent a lot of time working on a fiddle tuition book, Fyne Fiddles Volume 1, which was launched at the Scots Fiddle Festival in 2017. We also arranged and led the Lau-Land Big Tune Machine community band at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2018.