TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

TMSA Board Members

Fiona Campbell: Convener

Fiona has been involved in the traditional and voluntary arts for a number of years in Scotland and New Zealand (where she hails from). She is currently a freelancer working with a variety of organisations on various tasks such as project management, marketing, policy work, fundraising and training.

Previously, Fiona managed the Scotland team of Voluntary Arts for eleven years, before becoming the Development Manager for the organisation - covering the UK and Republic of Ireland. She has been the Press and Marketing Officer for the National Association of Youth Orchestras (NAYO) and her previous post was as Project Administrator for Scottish Education & Action for Development. She has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Policy & Management.

Fiona is also the Edinburgh & Lothians Branch Treasurer - particularly working to organise the annual Northern Streams Festival (bringing Scottish and Nordic music, song, dance and storytelling together). She is on the board of the Traditions of Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS), Neo Productions and the Scottish Fiddle Festival. Fiona teaches Scottish traditional dance - particularly Scottish hard shoe Stepdance, is a member of two Irish dancing groups and has performed at folk dance festivals in Slovenia, Poland, Croatia, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and the USA. She has also performed in and produced many musical theatre productions.

Alison Mackinnon: Vice-Convener and Secretary
Alison Mackinnon

Born and brought up on the Isle of Skye with a Shetland mother, a Skye father, and an Aberdeen grandmother, Alison was lucky to have a number of musical cultures around her from a very early age. She started going to festivals in 1970 and after moving to Aberdeen in 1978 immediately became involved in Aberdeen Folk Club as a committee member including a stint as Organiser and was involved as a committee member of the Aberdeen Alternative Music Festival in its early years.

A move to Blairgowrie saw her involved in the attempted revival of Blairgowrie Folk Festival. Shortly after moving to Inverness in 2000, she became involved in the setting up of the Inverness and District branch of the TMSA as well as serving on the committee of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs in Inverness and Dingwall. Alison cannot imagine life without music, and she feels that we must continue to promote the traditions of our country forcefully.


Kay Thomson: Treasurer

Kay can’t remember a time when she didn’t sing, and enjoys most genres of music.  Her greatest love however is the songs of Scotland and Ireland, particularly the ballads and given minimal encouragement will give you the full twelve minutes of her version of ‘Tam Lin’. She feels that traditional music is at the heart of Scotland’s culture and should be supported at grassroots level to enable all to take part.

Born and brought up in Ayr, she joined Ayr Academy Folk Club and later became a regular floor singer at Ayr Folk Club. Moving to Edinburgh to attend university, she soon became involved in the busy folk scene in pubs and clubs, including Sandy Bells, the St Vincent Bar, White Hart and Royal Oak.  A regular floor singer at Edinburgh Folk Club, she became one of the committee and occasional compère.  At this time she devised her one-woman show ‘Ye Jacobites by Name’,  which has been seen in a wide range of places including the Edinburgh Folk Festival, for two years at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (in the Crown Folk Club), and for one Ormskirk Day of Folk in Lancashire.        

After many happy years in Edinburgh, she moved to Kilsyth and for several years attended the Star Folk Club in Glasgow and became a regular floor singer, occasional compère and occasional sound engineer – with particular memories of a St Patrick’s Night concert as sound engineer for Stramash and a group of Irish Dancers dancing hard-shoe. She has worked as Project Co-ordinator at Kirkie Kids Out of School Care, as Centre Manager and Development Officer for Croy Miners' Welfare Charitable Society, National Director with the TMSA, project worker for Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire and currently working in customer service.  She is currently the Treasurer of the Traditional Music Forum and Chairman of Kilsyth Town Twinning Association, twinned with Meulan near Paris. She is delighted to be a director of the TMSA.


Natalie Chalmers

Born and brought up in Fraserburgh, Natalie is a traditional singer and storyteller who regularly performs and competes in concerts and festivals around Scotland and more recently, in England. She studied at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton, before returning to study in Aberdeen at Robert Gordon University for her BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying. Having been steeped in the strong heritage of north east song and bothy ballads, Natalie is now enjoying the equally strong, traditional music scene in Glasgow, where she has recently relocated to, working at Turner & Townsend. Past highlights include qualifying for the Bothy Ballad “Champion of Champions” and guesting at various festivals including TMSA Kirriemuir and Keith festivals and the Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend.


Iona Fyfe

Aberdeenshire folksinger, Iona Fyfe, has become one of Scotland’s finest young ballad singers, rooted deeply in the singing traditions of the North East of Scotland. A competitor in the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Iona embraces the repertoire of her native North East throughout the UK and Europe. In 2016 “East”, a debut 6-track EP was received with great acclaim. She has since released an album 'Away from My Window' and another EP 'Dark Turn of Mind' and won the 'Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year' category at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2018.

Iona is studying BMus (Hons) in Traditional Music at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and is working towards her FLCM in Traditional Voice. With her band, Iona has performed extensively at festivals such as Celtic Connections and Folkest International Folk Festival in Italy. In 2017, she appeared at folk clubs and festivals such as Sark Folk Festival, Orkney Folk Festival, Stonehaven Folk Festival and Keith Festival as well as a busy touring schedule taking part in TMSA Young Trad Tour for that year.

Growing up within the Traditional Music and Song Association of Scotland (TMSA) movement, Iona is a fine exponent of Doric poetry. Singing at numerous national competitions, she has won a number of titles such as Best Female Singer both at Aberdeen TMSA 2016 and Buchan Heritage Society. Iona’s sensitivity for ballads is what led her to be awarded 100/100 marks for Bonny Udny at The Buchan Heritage Society 2016. She is currently working on her debut album which is set to be released in 2018.