BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Story Steeped in Sound
Joss Cameron is the founder member lead singer with Shianfolk, and Balladonia, as well as a known soloist. With over 30 years performance experience from the Australian folk scene to Scotland, Spain, West Africa and Gibraltar. A professional musician, and a singer of style, versatility and pedigree (her Great Aunt being oral traditionalist Jeannie Robertson), she started her career as a nightclub singer in Spain during the 1980's, a soloist in the Calpe singers, and the Gibraltar choral society (classical music).
Joss is one of Edinburgh’s youngest ‘Heretics’ and performs regularly throughout the year. She also plays the highland bagpipes, bodhran, violin and has sang with highly acclaimed EveSpeak a cappella world music trio, (Australia), promoting their award winning CD 'Warming the Ground', touring and performing for 5 years, and was founder member of Entangled, Grace under Pressure a cappella quartet, and most recently Shianfolk. She also works as an artist.
BORN TO PLAY
Amy Dudley is an instrumental musician, soprano singer and harmonist with Shian.
She is naturally a talented and versatile musician, who graduated in music performance. Growing up in the rolling hills of bonnie Galloway, Amy's melodies come straight from the heart.
Amy won an award for young composer, selected by classical composer John Maxwell Geddes, and has composed for the Scottish National Orchestra.
She began playing piano at the age of 8 and can play many instruments including guitar, flute, harp, whistles, and charango! Now living in Edinburgh after travelling around the world, Amy's igniting her musical career within the Scottish folk scene.
BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Performing Presence
Steve Tonner has played guitar since he was eight years old and over the decades has studied classical, jazz and flamenco as well as Indian music. However, he always comes back to folk and feels most comfortable playing guitar in various tunings especially DADGAD. Steve has mostly been a solo performer in his time but has spent the last decade in ceilidh bands and has held down a residency in a gypsy jazz trio in Edinburgh for the last three years. A long time admirer of the music of Robert Burns, he teamed up with Joss when he heard she was looking to start a band dedicated to the Bard and is especially keen to perform his music with a more modern and contemporary twist.
Hilary Davies has recently moved to Scotland to work as a music therapist but has a longstanding interest in Scottish folk music, since having a Scottish violin teacher as a child. She grew up in Liverpool, studied music at the University of Cambridge and Trinity College of Music (specialising in flute), and has a Masters degree in Music Therapy (distinction) from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Her musical experience is varied, ranging from early music, (psychedelic rock band Ciculus), contemporary classical music (including her own compositions), folk music (playing in bands ranging from klezmer, Breton folk music, Welsh folk music, ceilidh bands etc.), free improvisation (including with renowned violinst Jennifer Bennett) and her own music as a singer-songwriter (she has released four solo albums). The range of instruments she plays is also eclectic, including flute, violin, piano, guitar, Irish whistle, sitar, viola da gamba and crwth (a Welsh bowed lyre.)