Spend a wonderful evening of traditional Scottish music and song with a modern twist in the company of Shona Donaldson and Paul Anderson, two very talented musicians from the North East of Scotland. There will be bothie ballads and much more to capture the heart and beauty of Scotland both the land and its people.
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Already something of a legend in the time honoured fiddle tradition of Scotland; Paul Anderson is the finest Scots fiddler of his generation. He is already something of an icon in Scotland, a fact duly recognised by two specially commissioned portraits of him, a life size one in Aberdeen Art Gallery and a study which is in the care of the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.
During his competitive career Paul won most of the traditional fiddle championships in Scotland and in 1995 won ScotlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s premier fiddling event, the Glenfiddich Scottish fiddle championship which is held each year at Blair Castle.
In the tradition of many of ScotlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s great fiddlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Paul is a composer of some repute, having composed over 300 pieces in the Scots style.
A regular on Scottish T.V and radio, Paul has toured extensively and recorded eight solo albums and over forty albums with artists like Pallas, Rock Salt and Nails, The Cutting Edge and the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society.
Singer and musician Shona Donaldson is one of Scotland's leading young tradition bearers. The twenty seven year old from Huntly grew up surrounded by music and dancing in the heart of North-east Scotland's bothy ballad country. Shona has been a regular supporter of the various TMSA Festivals throughout Scotland, being their Young Singer of Merit in 2004.
ShonaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s career highlight came in December 2009 when she was voted The Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year at The MG ALBA Traditional Music Awards. In February 2010 Shona was a finalist in The Bothy Ballad Championships in Elgin, only the 2nd women in the competition.
From November 2009- April 2011 Shona was Singer in residence for Deveron Arts in her home town of Huntly. This residency enabled Shona to teach local songs and traditions at the Primary and Secondary schools. Shona has also produced her CD Ã¢â‚¬Å“Short Nichts and Lang KissesÃ¢â‚¬ ; original songs in a traditional style as well as new tunes for texts from The Grieg-Duncan Collection. It was released in April 2011 to great critical acclaim.
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