Trad songs and tunes

I'm an acoustic  musician based in Glasgow. I sing and play music based on Scotland’s rich tradition. I’m a member of several bands and often play live performances with my friends around the West of Scotland.

 

Celtic Highway  with me on guitar and vocals, Mags McGinty on fiddle, plus various friends, we play the full spectrum of celtic trad tunes: jigs, reels,  hornpipes, waltzes and my favourite Highland airs. We used to go out as a four piece band, with bass and drums, but are now in small economy size. This is a very popular act which has performed dozens of gigs in the  West  of  Scotland.

 

Cunningham-Stewart acoustic duo, play a host of Trad songs and tunes on guitar and mandolin. Scott Cunningham is an excellent guitar playing graduate, BA music from Napier Uni. Scott also joined the band for the play-Musical, Vicious which we performed (sell out!) in Glasgow, March 2019. 

 

The Sisters Theatre Company put on the play “Vicious” in Glasgow in 2019, produced by The Horsehead Theatre. I co-wrote and performed the original songs for this show, which are available on iTunes and Amazon. We put together a x 6 piece band for the show, and also recorded a single, ”63 Winters”, by Hill-Stewart. Jeanette Hill is my song-writing partner and play-write.

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Cunningham-Stewart. That’s the brilliant guitarist, Scott Cunningham, and myself, after a show,

By the Clyde.

By the Clyde in a windy March day.

End of show: 30th March 2019, Glasgow. That’s the end of our run with Horsehead Theatre’s production of Vicious.

At The Clutha, Glasgow.

Peggy Gordon. A Trad song we recorded at The Clutha, Glasgow.

Rob on drums. On this recording, Evelyn on guitar and Brian on bass.

Wild Mountain Thyme

From a gig at The Electric, Motherwell in 2018.

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The music

Songs or tunes? I do both kinds. When it comes to singing, I enjoy coming up with new arrangements of Scots songs. As I love rock music too, this often means coming up with some guitar riffs to carry the song. For tunes, either I work with a fiddle-player or else play the tunes myself, on the mandolin. I have a Grade 8 certificate in Scottish Trad music which I took on the mando. This allowed me to study jigs, reels, hornpipes... the full range of our musical treasure.