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 has been the Press and Marketing Officer for the National Association of Youth Orchestras (NAYO) and her last post was as Project Administrator for Scottish Education & Action for Development. Fiona has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural Policy & Management and is currently Development Manager for Voluntary Arts (whose operations cover the whole of the UK and Republic of Ireland).

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 new Traditions of Dance Forum of Scotland (TDFS) and board member of Neo Productions and the Scottish Fiddle Festival. Fiona teaches Scottish traditional dance, 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 MackinnonBorn 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 and currently is a project worker for Voluntary Action South Lanarkshire.  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

Siobhan Miller is from Penicuik, Midlothian.  She first appeared at the TMSA Auchtermuchty Festival when only 13 years old and won both the children's and women's singing competitions there. She has a first class Honours degree in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. She has sung at festivals and concerts all over Britain and in several European countries, winning competitions and awards including Scots Singer of the year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2011 and the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award 2008, with Orkney’s Jeana Leslie. They have released two well-received CDs, ‘In a Bleeze’ and ‘Shadows Tall’ on Greentrax Recordings. Siobhan also guests on the CD ‘Steele the Show’, a tribute to the songwriting of the late Davy Steele, and appeared in the live concert during Celtic Connections 2011. TV appearances include BBC Alba’s Scottish Songbook from Celtic Connections 2010, and BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2011 New Year show, webcast worldwide, when Siobhan led ‘Auld Lang Syne’ at midnight. She also recently 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. She also works for Live Music Now and enjoys teaching and leading workshops. Her solo album was released in 2013 and she is in great demand as a performer across Europe and further afield.


Allan Taylor

Allan is from Alford, Aberdeenshire and has been steeped in Traditional Music and song since childhood, particularly that of the North East of Scotland. Although it is only in the past 7 years he has been actively involved as a performer competing and singing at festivals and in concerts, he is a 5 times Bothy Ballad Champion of Champions finalist. He can be found singing all over the the North East and has been a guest at the Cullerlie Singing weekend as well as having been a part of the TV programme Beyond the Bothy. He is currently Chair and an active member of the Aberdeen branch of the TMSA. Allan has had a career in banking and is currently Managing Secretary of Aboyne Golf Club. He brings his management skills to the board of directors and is keen to promote the TMSA wherever possible.