1. Tell us about yourself.
I’m 34. I grew up in Elgin and used to sing and play fiddle in local traditional music festivals. As a teenager, I left all that behind for the glamour of amateur dramatics. I’ve been away from home for a long time but recently moved back to the area and this project has really helped me to re-discover my musical roots. I work at the local college as a disability advisor/student tutor and split my spare time between the beach and the pub.
2. What is your weirdest quirk?
My memory for things like postcodes and registration plates. I should probably exploit it somehow but I’m too lazy.
3. How did you get involved with the Speyside Sessions?
I’m good friends with Jamie Reid’s brother, Colin, as well as a few of the other Speysiders. Jamie visited my boyfriend and I last Hogmanay and asked if we’d be a part of all this as we were at the first open-house session a couple of years ago.
4. What is your proudest moment ever?
The moment I finally get myself out of bed every morning.
5. What Speyside Session tracks did you perform on?
I was in the crowd for ‘Barnyards o’ Delgaty’ (other tracks didn’t make the album cut).
6. What is your favourite track on the album?
If I had to choose it would be ‘Both Sides the Tweed’ as it was the first song that I watched being recorded and the atmosphere in the room was electric! I hadn’t known how all this would come together so I was blown away by everyone’s talent, and it’s such a beautiful song, the sentiment of which is especially relevant for Scotland at the moment. So many of the tracks stand out to me though for various reasons.
7. What is your abiding memory from the sessions?
People talking in Irish accents (Dan’s fault!), a crackling fire and a legendary Hogmanay party.
8. What is your favourite album of all time?
Radiohead – ‘The Bends’.
9. Do you have any regrets?
I always regret buying biscuits…
10. Most extravagant thing you’ve ever done (or bought)?
I’ve never been one for material extravagance so it would probably be my six month New Zealand trip when I was 23, which cost me all the money that I had at the time and more. One of the best things that I’ve ever done for myself though!