The Virtual TAC Summer School will be held via Zoom from

 July 28 - July 31, 2021


On Thursday, July 29th we will present a concert with the musicians from Tartan Ties

who will be joined by Mary Ross and Terry Traub


On Saturday, July 31st the musicians for the Evening Ball will be Tartan Ties!

Judi Nicolson, Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser-Collins, and Fred Collins



Judi Nicolson, Denton, Texas



Scottish fiddler Judi Nicolson is a consummate performer, her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music has created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts, and dances throughout the UK and Americas with a variety of groups. Judi is also a USA-approved FIRE judge and will be adjudicating her second US Scottish Fiddle Championship competition later this year.

Although classically trained from an early age, her passion was to play Traditional Scottish Fiddle Music. By the age of fifteen, she had won three major Open Scottish Fiddle Championships. Judi went on to play throughout the UK both as a soloist and with some of the finest Scottish Dance Bands. Over the years, she has recorded numerous sessions for Radio, appeared on television and in Theatre.

For more than a decade, Judi has been playing for Concerts, Ceilidhs, Scottish Country dances, workshops, and RSCDS Balls throughout the US and Canada. She has played for both Adelaide and Melbourne Winter Schools, Australia in 2017 and 2019 respectfully, and as Music Director for Boston Harbor Fiddle School 2019.

Judi has recorded 3 solo albums and 14 albums with a variety of great musicians including her CD ‘Fiddle My Style’ in 2017 along with fellow musicians Kathy Fraser-Collins (Piano and Accordion), Fred Collins (Drums), and Rob Wolanski (Double Bass and Guitar). Her book of compositions, ‘Waves of Sound’, was published in 2002, and a second book ‘Fiddle My Style’ was published in 2018.


Ian Muir, Prestwick, Scotland



 Ian has been playing for Scottish dancing in all its forms for the past 40 years.  Scottish Country Dancing, Ceilidh, and Old-Time dancing have been the mainstay of his long career in music.  As well as playing for dancing he has performed solo in Scottish Variety theatres throughout the country and has toured extensively in Europe and the Middle East.  He formed his own Scottish danced band in 1984 and has been a regular contributor on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Take the Floor’ programme as a bandleader and for two summer seasons was the programme’s presenter.

He combines playing duties with his tutorial role as Principal Accordion Tutor in the Scottish Music Department at the prestigious Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, a post he has held for 23 years.

Since 2012 Ian has been on staff at three TAC Summer School events in Portland, Oregon, Bishops’ University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, and at UBC in Vancouver.  He played at the Vancouver Branch’s 50th-anniversary celebrations, the San Francisco Branch’s Asilomar weekend in California in 2013, and the Edmonton, Alberta weekend school.

Recent studio recordings include RSCDS Book 51, a commission by Bill Little for part of his Carlingwork Collection, and a recent collaboration with Judi Nicolson, Kathy Fraser-Collins, and Fred Collins in the album “Fire Away.”


Kathy Fraser-Collins,

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario


Kathy was born in a rural farming community near the Scottish settlement of Glengarry County, Ontario. She began playing the piano at age 5 and spent 35 years performing with Bobby Brown and the Scottish Accent and Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers for many tours, workshops, dances, and recordings. With degrees from McGill and University of Toronto, she taught high school music from 1980 to 2009, retiring from her hometown school in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. Kathy was inducted into the Glengarry Celtic Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Along with her husband Fred, she remains very involved in the music scene in their area. They are members of the Quigley Highlanders Pipes and Drums, E.H. Gospel Sound and enjoy promoting young local musicians through their own Torridon Scottish Dance Band. They recently have been privileged to work with many other outstanding musicians including Judi Nicolson and Ian Muir and were thrilled to collaborate with them on our new CD “Fire Away”! Kathy was honoured to be named Music Director for the 2015 and 2016 TAC Summer Schools.


Fred Collins,

Ste. Anne de Prescott, Ontario


Drumming was an early passion for Dundee born Fred Collins and the opportunity came when joining the Boy’s Brigade at age 12. Fred soon became a member of the competitive MacLeod Pipe Band performing at highland games throughout Scotland. With members of his Boy’s Brigade, he formed a Scottish Country Dance band “The Gie Gordons” while also being called upon to play with such bands as Jimmy Shand, Angus Fitchet and John Ellis. On a “holiday” to Canada in 1954, Fred was immediately recruited by the Toronto Scottish Pipe Band and shortly thereafter joined Ed Brydie & “The Four Scots”, providing music for the first SCD class in Toronto. After two years back in Dundee, Fred returned to Canada in 1964 and over the years was a member of a variety of dance bands including Stan Hamilton, Angus MacKinnon, Don Bartlett, Alex Jappy, Bobby Brown & the Scottish Accent and the Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers. Fred’s ‘other’ life has included a managerial position with Shell Canada, his own renovation company, percussion tutor and repair technician and last but not least............farmer!!!!

Mary Ross,

Victoria, British Columbia


Mary Ross lives in Victoria, BC, and is a member of the Van Isle Scottish Country Dance Society and the RSCDS Vancouver Branch. She has enjoyed providing music for Scottish Country Dance events since 1991 and was honoured to receive the Bobby Brown Memorial Scholarship at TAC Summer school 2015 in Farmville, Virginia.

Highland dancing and accordion instruction started at a young age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Education with a music major, she moved to Victoria and taught elementary school for six years. During this time, she offered accordion instruction and started a student accordion band. Among her other pursuits she has been a Feis Musician for Irish Dance competitions, an accordionist for German Schuhplattler Dancers, and an accompanist for a Scottish musician/comedian for 35 years. She has been an accompanist to the Victoria Police Chorus since 2000.

Terry Traub,

Boston, Massachusetts

    Terry Traub is a folk musician and bandleader who plays piano, violin, accordion, and mandolin and has been known to pick up the trumpet on occasion. Over the past twenty-five years, he has performed all over the United States and abroad in Taiwan, Japan, Scotland, Hungary, and Canada.  He has been on the music staff at Pinewoods Camp in Massachusetts for many years and has performed at Scottish dance events all over the country. Knowledgeable in many styles including American, Celtic, Klezmer, and Eastern European folk music, he has a special love for the music of Scotland and Cape Breton and has accompanied such well-known fiddlers as Buddy MacMaster, John Campbell, Raymond Ellis, Jerry Holland, and Joe Cormier.