Alison was born in Renfrewshire into a musical family. Since
then she has enjoyed a long involvement in traditional music on various
levels: singer, collector, broadcaster, author, founding song tutor on
the Scottish Music Course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Glasgow.
Alison came to wider public notice in the mid 1970s through her immensely popular children’s album and book The Funny Family and working in BBC Children’s Radio.
Under the inspirational guidance of the late Hamish Henderson in learning directly from - and recording songs - by traditional singers such as the Border shepherd Willie Scott and Lucy Stewart of Fetterangus
he was to say of her 'Alison stands out as one of the principal modern interpreters of
a ballad singing tradition... uniting scrupulous traditional fidelity with
versatile creative and resourceful artistry'.
In 2001 she recorded a solo album ‘Cloudberry Day’ followed by and in partnership with Geordie McIntyre, Rowan in the Rock, and Ballad Tree, classic Scots Ballads in the Tradition Bearers series produced by Living Tradition. Their highly acclaimed White Wings album was most recently followed by Where Ravens Reel.
Alison particularly enjoys working with young singers and introducing them
to the rich Scots song tradition.
A Glaswegian of Highland and Irish descent, Geordie's lifetime involvement in song, ballad and poetry is reflected in his singing, collecting and songwriting.
His early years as a radio and television technician and later as a Modern Studies teacher, coupled to his passion for the outdoors have, in diverse ways, fueled and complemented his central interest in folk music; as a concert and folk club organiser, author and record producer.
For many years Geordie has collected songs, working with Hamish Henderson, Helen Fullerton and A.L. Lloyd. He has an interest that combines hearing the songs in the community and researching their background.
He has written song notes for numerous recordings along with album reviews.
His first-hand experience has added greatly to his articles on the legacy of Hamish Henderson, edited by the late Paddy Bort, in the Gracenote Publications.
Geordie has sung at clubs and festivals in most corners of Britain and Ireland as well as Italy and the USA.