Linda began playing Celtic music from the beginning of her training at the age of nine. She had already been listening to and dancing to Scottish music through the pipe band music and Scottish Country dancing.Over the years Linda has played in the Adelaide Strathspey and Reel Society and a number of Adelaide Bush bands before finishing her Teaching Degree in Classroom Music and Primary teaching and moved to Cairns in 1993.
Linda spent five years there teaching and was involved in the local Folk scene. She became a member of the local Bush band and formed the band "Unreel" with three other accomplished players . "Unreel" focused on the little played tunes and songs of Scotland and Ireland and was a fixture at the Yungaburra Folk Festival. Linda then returned to Adelaide in 1998.
Linda joined Adelaide Celtic band Ferdan in 1999, during which time she was involved with the production of the band's first CD, "Thinking of Home." This title track was written by Linda. Inspired by the playing of world renowned Scotch fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Linda travelled to California in 2001 and spent a week under his tuition at The Valley of the Moon Fiddling School and performed with him at Santa Cruz and the Pleasanton Highland Games.
On her return to Adelaide she initiated the Adelaide Scottish Fiddle Club which promotes and teaches the Music of Scotland and Cape Breton. While personally, Linda is focusing on the Fiddle Music of Scotland in collaboration with Pianist Rita Sinclair - Wood, Linda and Rita have performed concerts for the Mt Lofty Music Society , EBI Radio, and with renowned Australian player Catherine Fraser.
Rita was born in Aberdeen in the North East of Scotland and teaches in London. Although her great aunt, Louie Summers, was pianist to the great Scottish fiddler James Scott Skinner's dancing classes in Aberdeen, Rita's association with Scottish Fiddle took off in 2000 after emigrating to Australia and meeting Linda in 2001. They discovered a mutual love of Scottish music and since then they have worked together to build up a varied repertoire.
Born in South Australia, Ernie's family moved back to Wick, Caithness in far Northern Scotland when he was a small boy. It was here that he began his piping career at the age of 10 with Mr McKenzie, progressing from the Boys Brigade to the Wick Pipe Band.
War service followed from 1939 to 1945 and following demobilisation he found himself working in the Orkney Islands where he joined the Kirkwall Pipe Band. As a bricklayer Ernie worked and piped throughout the Orkneys, Shetland Isles, North Uist, South Uist, Barra and Eriskay. Finally he began working in Oban with Donald Morrison, a joiner and also a very knowledgeable teacher of the pipes, who has had a life long influence on Ernie.
Following his emigration to South Australia in the 1950's, Ernie spent time at Woomera in tent accommodation before returning to Adelaide where he became Pipe Major of the Royal Caledonian Society Pipe Band. He then joined the Citizens Military Force with the Adelaide University Regiment for a period of 16 years ending up as Warrant Officer Pipe Major.
Ernie was then invited to apply for a position at Scotch College in Adelaide and was employed as master of Piping and Dancing. He stayed there for 16 years before retiring at the age of 65. He then joined the R. U. Brown Piobaireachd Society, then taught learners at the the City of Adelaide Pipe Band.
During the many stages of his life Ernie has taught many students piping, dancing and a love of Scottish and Irish music. Many have gone on to compete and perform at the highest levels of their fields. He also plays fiddle and his love of the true music of Scotland in piping and fiddling has inspired Linda's journey as well as many other young people in SA. This recording was made shortly after his 80th birthday.
The Journey So Far
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