I first became aware of Amy’s huge teaching talent and dedication when I was a member (and later Chair) of Glasgow Fiddle Workshop. When I moved to Lochgoilhead in Argyll Amy’s support was instrumental in getting the baby Workshop up and running. I was beyond words grateful when she volunteered to be our very first tutor, which at the time meant travelling from Edinburgh every Saturday for a full day of teaching. She actually committed to the teaching programme although at the time we had not raised a penny towards starting the classes. She also brought friends down to do a fundraising concert-and Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop opened its door for the first time. A few months later she donated ?? of her compositions to raise money for the Workshop in an auction of tunes. With this generosity, and with her wonderful teaching she built a cadre of loyal students in the first years of Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop which ensured its continuance. LFW meets to this day, and has transformed cultural life in this part of Argyll.
Since then I have benefitted from Amy’s teaching over many years, in LFW classes , as a visiting tutor, and in independent weekend workshops organised by Amy at Ardkinglas and elsewhere. Quite simply I believe her to be in contention for being the amongst the most talented teachers of traditional fiddle in Scotland today. In the prime of her teaching maturity as she is, I have seen her hold a disparate group of beginners and experienced fiddlers effortlessly together in one class over a whole weekend. Her pace is masterly, she misses nothing in her vigilant care of the class. I have also always loved her compositions which are always a delight to play. It would give me great joy to see her gain the national recognition that her talent and dedication have deserved over and over again. Anything she says she does, she will do.
Former Chair of Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop
Former Chair of FiddleFolk
Former Chair of Glasgow Fiddle Workshop