Anna Wendy Stevenson
Anna-Wendy is Senior lecturer and Programme Leader for the innovative BA (Hons) Applied Music and teaches on MA Music and the Environment and responsible for delivery across the University of the Highlands and Islands and beyond.
Anna-Wendy is the third generation in the Stevenson family line of composer/performers. Her fiddling, reputed for its swing, drive and beautiful phrasing, has been honed through years of playing with an array of Scotland’s musicians including the legendary Jock Tamson’s Bairns and the classic Bella McNabs Dance Band. She has produced several albums and recorded on many, collaborating with artists including with her late Grandfather Ronald Stevenson on Gowd and Silver, the Simon Bradley Trio, the Far Flung Collective, James Ross, Fine Friday, Gillebride MacMillan, Patsy Reid and Jim Sutherland’s Commonwealth Games Commission ‘Children of the Smoke’. She has performed and delivered workshops in traditional Scottish music world-wide and curated and directed events for a wide range of organisations, communities, media groups and festivals in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia and Europe.
Her own compositions include, 'My Edinburgh’ -a homage to her home city and for which she was nominated for the BBC MG ALBA Composer of the Year; and 'Suite Uist' which was recorded with the Far Flung Collective, and has been performed in Canada, England and Scotland.
Anna-Wendy has gained several awards for her work in education (MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Tutor of the Year 2018) and lecturer with the University of the Highlands and Islands (Highlands and Islands Video Conference Lecturer of the Year 2016), and her work on the community education project Far Flung Corners made the finals of the Herald Higher Education Awards 2017.
Anna-Wendy is actively involved with pedagogical research with the University of the Highlands and Islands Learning and Teaching Academy, and as a graduate of the Aurora Leadership programme she mentors staff across the UHI network. She is also graduate of the Engage Arts Extend Leadership Programme, for educators in the cultural sector.
A fiddler and composer, Simon Bradley has worked professionally in several Celtic genres as a performer, recording artist and educator.
He has taught on numerous workshops and summer schools in the UK and abroad and has recorded and toured with several bands including Llan de Cubel from Asturias in Northern Spain.
Simon's compositions are widely performed in the traditional music scene and he recently published a book of his tunes Buncrana To Baleshare and accompanying CD Grogarry Lodge, for which he was nominated for BBC MG Alba's Composer Of The Year 2012.
As composer in residence at local Museum and Arts Centre Taigh Chearsabhagh in March 2012, Simon explored transience in coastal habitation in the Uists. His innovative approach combined visual and musical compositions which were selected to exhibit at London's Apothecary Gallery earlier this year.
Simon launched a new collaboration between Scotland's foremost award-winning traditional composers, piper Ross Ainslie and accordionist Mairearad Green, which was debuted at the Celtic Connections festival in January 2013.
Simon is the founder and creative director of the ‘Albastur Cultural Exchange’ programme which links students, teaching staff and public in the Scottish and Asturian (Northern Spain) locations. The remit is to explore and investigate the two Celtic traditions in these locations and forge strong cultural links between them through research activity, collaborative performance and educational workshops.
Simon is the Programme Leader for MA Music and the Environment and year group leader for the honours BA Applied Music students leading on final performance, composition and research.
Originally from Mallaig, Allan Henderson is very much in the vanguard of the resurgence in the native Gaelic culture of West Lochaber. A multi-instrumentalist, he was a founder member of Blazin’ Fiddles, and toured extensively with them for fifteen years. He is also a former Musician in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, and is constantly in demand as a performer, teacher, composer and producer.
He has appeared as a guest musician on over a hundred different recordings, and his production credits include The Angus Nicolson Trio and Skerryvore.
Allan has had a life-long interest in the stories and folklore behind the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland, and spends much of his time researching in this area. He has also been heavily involved as a teacher with the Ceolas Uibhist Buttons and Bows initiative, which works to re-establish the prominence of the fiddle and button box traditions in Uist, since moving there in 2016.
Music tutor (bagpipes, whistle and flute) Iain MacDonald was born in Glenuig, a tiny Gaelic-speaking village which was inaccessible by road until 1967.
Educated in Glenuig and Mingarry Schools, he went on to Queen Victoria School in Dunblane, where he was taught piping by Pipe Major John MacKenzie of Campbeltown. Later piping tuition included pìobaireachd from P/M Roderick MacDonald of South Uist and lessons at Duncan Johnstone’s Piping School in Glasgow.
Iain is a founding member of the Fir Chlis Gaelic Repertory Theatre Co, and also worked with the 7:84 Theatre Co and Tosg. He played and toured with the traditional band Ossian for nine years, and played in the founding line-up of Wolfstone. After that, he joined Battlefield Band, and was a member until 1996.
Iain has recorded with many of the most well-known trad musicians working today, and has produced various albums of predominantly Gaelic traditional music, including Ann Martin, Dàimh, Dòchas, Julie Fowlis, Rona Lightfoot, Mary Smith, Blazin’ Fiddles, Kathleen MacInnes, Archie MacAllister, Griogair Lawrie and Mairead Stewart.
He is in demand as a teacher at many educational establishments such as the Traditional School of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Limerick University and the RSAMD.
Iain is currently the artistic director of Ceòlas, the Gaelic Arts Festival in South Uist, and keeps a busy performing schedule.