Over the past decade and with five solo albums to her name, Emily Smith has established herself as one of Scottish music’s most distinctively sublime voices. Emily was named BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2002, Scots Singer of the Year in 2008 and 2014 and has twice received nominations in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. She has toured the world and made many TV appearances including the Transatlantic Sessions, Songs of Praise and Scotland’s Hogmanay Live.
Robyn was the winner of BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014. Robyn performs the traditional songs of her Scottish and Irish heritage, in the Scots, English and Gaelic language. She studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where she was tutored by celebrated Scots singers Gordeanna McCulloch, Anne Neilson and Rod Paterson, and graduated with first class honours.
Vocals, Cittern, Bouzouki
Aaron has lived and worked in Scotland for nearly thirty years and currently resides near Moffat in the beautiful Scottish Borders. He spends much of the year touring all over the world and has recorded on over seventy albums and works regularly with some of the biggest names in traditional music. Aaron is a member of Old Blind Dogs, Litha and the Kate Rusby Band.
Flute, Whistles, Fiddle
Originally from Newcastle upon Tyne, Claire Mann has been performing from a young age and is regarded as one of the finest exponents of traditional Irish Flute, Tin Whistle and Fiddle in the country. She has won numerous “All Ireland” titles and has performed worldwide with many line ups including Litha, Aaron Jones and Tabache. She was also the principal Flute tutor on the BA Scottish Music Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for 10 years.
Wendy Stewart is one of Scotland’s leading harp players. She was principal tutor of Scottish Harp on the BA Scottish Music Degree course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow for 11 years and has both contributed to and examined for the Traditional Music Grade Exam programme. She played, toured and recorded with Ceolbeg for many years; has produced several solo cds and music books and continues to teach aspiring harp players across Europe and the USA.
Fiddle, Guitar, Whistle
New Zealand born musician Jamie McClennan was born into a family of folk musicians. He has over ten years experience as a touring musician working mainly with Emily Smith. Other projects include recently formed duo ‘The James Brothers’ in which he and Australian singer and musician James Fagan perform colonial roots music.
Project Manager, Choir Master
Alison Burns is a songwriter, community choir director and workshop leader. Her songs are published by Faber, Signalong, Sing Up! and Oxford University Press and are in the repertoire and recordings of schools and choirs across the UK and, increasingly, the USA and Australia. She is also the lead musician for Scotland Sings, Hands Up For Trad’s community choir initiative.