BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Story Steeped in Sound
Joss Cameron is the founder member lead singer with Shianfolk, as well as a known soloist. With over 30 years performance experience being immersed in 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) and sang at Burns Suppers in Gibraltar with Jimmy Shand.
Joss is one of Edinburgh’s ‘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 over 5 years, and after returning to Edinburgh, she was founder member of Grace under Pressure a cappella quartet from 2005 - 2015, and most recently Shianfolk. She also is a professional artist.
BORN TO PLAY
Amy Dudley is an instrumental musician, soprano singer and harmonist with Shianfolk.
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 Tyler 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.
Originally from Montrose, in Angus, Julia has a wide and varied experience of performing: in the 90s, as Julia Legge, she was a founder member of Gaelic band Tannas and featured on their first two albums. More recent highlights include performing six summer seasons in the World Famous Taste of Scotland Show at Edinburgh’s Prestonfield Stables; appearing in The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo as part of the fiddle group Hjaltibonhoga; playing on BBC Radio Scotland’s long running Scottish dance music programme “Take the Floor” with Matthew Maclennan, and welcoming in the New Year as part of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay with The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience.
Julia recorded her musical journey, bringing together some of the many musicians she has performed with over the years and paying tribute to legendary traditional music session venues over the years. "The Tea Wifie" which was released in October 2019 (Brechin All Records) has received fantastic reviews and was chosen as album of the week on Radio Nan Gaidheal's music programme Caithream Ciuil shortly after release. We are delighted to have Julia as part of our band!