Paul Anderson and Shona Donaldson
Friday 14th July, 2023
Starts 8pm (Doors and bar open at 7:30pm)A rare opportunity to see two of Scotland’s foremost traditional music talents bringing fiddle mastery and ballad singing to Warkworth.
Paul is one of the most respected exponents of the Scots fiddle and is in heavy demand around the festival and folk circuit. He is amongst Scotland’s foremost traditional composers with over 450 tunes, many of which appear in his Lochnagar Collection (published by Highland Music Trust). He has written for TV, film and stage. His music has been performed at the BBC Scottish Proms and he was nominated as composer of the year at the BBC Alba Trad Music awards in 2012. Through his teacher, Douglas Lawrence, he is carrying on a lineage of fiddle training that can be traced directly back to 18th Century fiddle legend Niel Gow. In 2021 he was awarded an MBE for his services to Scottish fiddle tradition and charity.
Originally from Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Shona grew up surrounded by Doric songs and fiddle music and learned to sing and play at an early age. She went on to study traditional singing at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has since won Scots Singer of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2009. Shona became the first woman to win the Bothy ballad champion of champions competition in Elgin in 2016.
Here are a few videos to wet your appetite:
- Shona Donaldson singing Paul’s "The Bonnie Banks o’ Dee".
- Paul Anderson playing his composition "The Rose of Glendavan".
- Paul Anderson playing Vittorio Monti’s "Csárdás".
Where Are WeWarkworth Memorial Hall, 40 Castle Street, Warkworth, Northumberland, NE65 0UN. There is no car park at the Hall. See Warkworth Memorial Hall website for directions and parking suggestions.