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Shona first picked up a violin at the age of 8 years old at school. For the first few years she started learning Classical violin but soon got hooked of Scottish music when her sister started to learn the accordion.
She has travelled across the globe as part of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra to New Zealand and Australia and also to America. She has also played in Breman, Germany with the Caledonian Canal Ceilidh Trail. She also has trips coming up this year to Hamburg in Germany and Basel in Switzerland with the Chairman of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society (RSCDS) this year.
Shona’s musical interests span from traditional Scottish fiddle music, such as Hector MacAndrew, to large orchestral pieces like Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Brahms Hungarian Dance No 1 in G Minor.
Shona has been highly influenced by the music of the Shetland Islands. Having had lessons from Jenna Ried, Shona got her first taste of the Shetland style and has been heavily influenced by the playing of the late, great, Willie Hunter and Bryan Gear, who she has had the privilage of playing along side in many a session at the Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival where Shona has been a guest on a number of occassions both as a solo act and as part of her sisters trio and band.
Shona’s most memorable performances with Innovation would have to include many years ago when Innovation were a fairly new group and they were the opening act for the Calgary Fiddlers when they were in Scotland doing a tour. Shona would love to relive the conert with the fiddle super-group Barrage. The whole place was jumping and the best part of the concert was getting to share a stage with them. It felt like such an honour!
Shona has been very successful in the fiddle competition scene for a number of years having won various trophies and prizes over the years. She has also been invited to compete in the Highlands and Islands Fiddle Masters no less than 8 times and the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship 7 times.
Shona is from West Kilbride in North Ayrshire but is now based in East Kilbride.