It was towards the end of 1970 that I bought my first guitar and a book of chords. I had always loved singing and had discovered folk music in the form of Archie Fisher, Barbara Dickson, and Rab Noakes. Joan Baez and Judy Collins were also favourites. About ten months later, I was offered a spot singing on a BBC Radio Scotland programme called 'For Your Entertainment'. I then started singing regularly at my local folk club which, at that time, was in Forfar. Forfar is a not so small market town about fifteen miles north of Dundee, the city where I grew up.
A number of guest appearances followed at folk clubs throughout the Angus area, but when my first child was born in 1973, I stopped performing for a number of years to concentrate on family life. In 1986, I formed a duo with another local singer and guitarist and for almost three years, we successfully played both Scottish and contemporary music at many diferent venues.
There came another lull in my singing until moving to the lovely island of Islay in 1994. A desire to escape the 'rat race' prompted the move. Islay is a beautiful and diverse island, famous for its wonderful single malt whiskies amongst other delights. Such is the social scene on Islay, it wasn't long before I was singing at ceilidhs, concerts and fund-raising events. At one particular ceilidh, I was introduced to Martine Nouet from Paris who invited me to sing at the first 'Whisky and Songs' Festival in Paris in 1999. This was the start of my international singing career and since then I have performed in Germany, Sweden and Switzerland having also been back to Paris.
After a fair bit of persuasion, I recorded and released my first album in the summer of 2001. The title 'A song in the Air' is taken from the most famous Islay song 'Westering Home'. The album features many of the most popular Scottish songs and some of my own favourites.
The CD is available directly from myself or from Bowmore and Bruichladdich Distillery shops. It is also on sale at D& J Christie in Shore Street, Bowmore and the Craft Shop, Main Street, Bowmore.
Further afield, it can be obtained at 'La Maison du Whisky' in Paris, Wein and Whisky, Ewenacher Str 64, Berlin Reifferscheid, Wein and Whisky, Mainzer Str 186, 53179, Bonn.