TMSA Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland

TMSA Board Members

Fiona Campbell: Convener

Fiona has been involved in the voluntary arts for a number of years in Scotland and New Zealand (where she hails from). She 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. Fiona 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 Scandinavian music, song, dance and storytelling together). She is Vice Convenor of the Traditions of Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS), and board member of Neo Productions and the Scottish Fiddle Festival. Fiona teaches Scottish traditional dance - particularly Scottish Stepdance, is a member of two Irish dancing groups and has performed at folk dance festivals in Slovenia, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Finland. 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.


Siobhan Miller

One of Scotland's foremost singers, and twice winner of the prestigious Citty Finlayson Scots Singer of the Year title at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Siobhan Miller has carved out a reputation as “one of the finest voices on the Scottish folk scene” (The Scotsman). Her soulful and stirring renewal of traditional song effortlessly stills and silences all spaces, from the most vast concert halls to the bar sessions afterwards.

Her hotly anticipated second album, released in February 2017, sees Siobhan reimagining a number of songs, handpicked from those which she grew up amongst and performed in her youth. As “the finest young interpreter of Scots traditional song” (Scotland on Sunday) her chosen material reflects on her musical upbringing whilst forging a unique path forward - with stunning vocal performances atop the instrumental talents of Euan Burton (double bass) and Aaron Jones (bouzouki).

Siobhan has developed her style collaborating with some of Scotland’s finest musicians. She is part of the cast and featured solo singer for 'Far Far from Ypres' songs from the first world war directed by Ian MacCalman. She performed on Broadway, New York where she was resident singer in the
Mabou Mines production of ‘Peter and Wendy’, with music composed by Johnny Cunningham. In 2014 she was a guest singer with National Theatre Scotland in their 'Alternative Burns production'.

She has extensive experience as a live performer and has toured internationally in Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, America & Barbados. She has also appeared at many of the UK's major folk festivals including Cambridge, Cropredy, Towersey, Underneath the Stars, Orkney, Shetland, Stonehaven, and The Great British Folk Festival. She has led workshops specialising in Scots song and vocal technique across the UK as well as in Canada, Germany & Denmark.


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. 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.

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 looks forward to appearances 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 - including the TMSA Young Trad Tour 2017.

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.