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 and tutor on the Scottish
Music course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow.
Alison came to wider public notice in the 1970s through her recordings
and published song collections having come, initially, under the inspirational
guidance of the late Hamish Henderson. In working closely with and learning
from traditional singers,such as Willie Scott and Lucy Stewart, 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'.
Since 2001 she has recorded a solo album 'Cloudberry Day' followed by and
in partnership with Geordie McIntyre 'Rowan in the Rock', 'Ballad Tree,
classic Scots ballads' and most recently the highly acclaimed 'White Wings'.
Alison particularly enjoys working with young singers and introducing them
to the rich Scots song tradition.
A Glaswegian of Highland and Irish descent, his 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.
He has an extensive repertoire and has sung at clubs and festivals in most corners of Britain and Ireland as well as Italy and the USA.
Geordie has also produced the book 'Inveroran', a collection of 22 original songs with music in the traditional idiom. Many have already been recorded by Geordie as well as other artists.