Media Release: Aberdeen celebrates 50 years of music traditions


Celebrations continue for the Traditional Music & Song Association (TMSA) of Scotland’s 50th anniversary with a weekend of events later this month in Aberdeen  

A CONCERT headlined by North-east fiddler, Paul Anderson, and singer, Siobhan Miller (accompanied by Aaron Jones), takes place on Saturday 16 April evening.

Also on the programme are appearances by George and Stuart Davidson, Kenny Hadden, Geordie Murison, Hector Riddell, The Spiers Family, Graeme Mitchell and Neil Dawson, with co-comperes, Jim Taylor and John Valentine.

The following day, Sunday 17 April, there’s the opportunity to take part in workshops between 1.30 to 3.45 (with a 15 minutes break at 2.30) from Paul Anderson (fiddle), Siobhan Miller (singing) and Kenny Hadden (whistle), followed by a session 4pm to 5.45pm.

Organised by the TMSA Aberdeen branch, all events take place at the Lemon Tree, 5 West North Street, Aberdeen, AB24 5AT – box office: 01224 641122 or visit to book online for the concert.

Booking for the workshops are through the branch secretary, Shirley Watt 01224 314795, or email

For more information visit or the TMSA Aberdeen branch’s Facebook page.


Notes to editor:

More photos and details are available through the branch secretary, Shirley Watt, 01224 314795, or email

Information on headline tutors/performers:

Paul Anderson from Tarland in Aberdeenshire is a respected performer, composer and teacher of Scottish traditional fiddle music. In 1995, he won the prestigious Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship and three of his pupils have since won the same competition. He’s been a regular on TV and radio and he recently featured in the new film production of the classic Compton Mackenzie book, ‘Whisky Galore’. Paul’s fiddle workshop is open to intermediate to advanced players.

Siobhan Miller is one of the foremost singers in Scotland. She is already a two-time winner of the ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ award. With Orcadian musician and singer, Jeana Leslie, she has released two highly-praised CDs, ‘In a Bleeze’(2008) and ‘Shadows Tall’ (2010).

‘Flight of Time’ her debut solo album was released in 2014 and was nominated for album of the year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2015. She has toured extensively throughout Britain, Europe and America appearing at folk clubs, arts centres and festivals. Siobhan’s workshop is open to singers of all abilities.

Kenny Hadden has been playing Scottish and Irish music on both flute and whistle since the early 1970s. He was a founder member of the Aberdeen branch of the TMSA, and was also a successful competitor at TMSA festivals throughout the 1980s. He currently teaches the flute class with ‘SC&T’ in Aberdeen, and co-hosts ‘The Wednesday Session’, a folk / traditional music radio programme on Aberdeen community radio station, SHMU FM. Kenny’s tin whistle workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced players.

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