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Biography

Catriona MacDonald is a Scottish fiddle player from the Shetland Isles (in the far north of Scotland). A pupil of the late Tom Anderson from childhood, she has moved on to be a leading exponent of the Shetland fiddle tradition in Scotland and abroad. As well as her own albums, MacDonald has played with Scottish fiddle band Blazin' Fiddles, the female fiddle band String Sisters and folk big band The Unusual Suspects.

She won the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year competition in 1983 and the "BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award" in 1992.

With a degree from the Royal College of Music in London, MacDonald is an active teacher with a passion for sharing her knowledge of traditional fiddle techniques and vernacular. She teaches on the BMus Folk degree at Newcastle University and has worked as a tutor on Scottish Music Degree at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, and the Universities of Limerick and Stirling.

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