I am lead tutor for the Tolbooth Trad – a flagship youth music project in Stirling, which we started in 2006. Tolbooth Trad provides traditional music expertise, and performance and arranging skills, to young musicians from beginner to advanced level. 

We have a lot of fun making and sharing music. It’s a good combination of challenging music and friendly workshops. We currently have 5 groups and outreach activity plus annual performances, ceilidhs, collaborations, tours, summer schools and foreign exchanges.

Traddies – beginners
Folkus – improvers
The Session – intermediate
Session Extra – intermediate band
Trad Bands – advanced bands

90% of our advanced trad bands have gone on to study music or traditional music at HE level and a growing number of students return to us to gain teaching skills and experience as workshop assistants and assistant tutors.