Musicians for the TAC Summer School 2022 will be
Judi Nicolson (Director), Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser-Collins, Fred Collins, and Mary Ross
 
The Summer Events Committee thanks Terry Traub for his gracious offer to step back as a member of the music staff so that Summer School can continue within budget.
 

   

 

 Class Musicians Summer School 2022

 

Judi Nicolson, Denton, Texas

Music Director

 

   

Scottish fiddler Judi Nicolson is a consummate performer. Her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a demand for her solo appearances, concerts and dances throughout the UK and Americas with a variety of groups. Judi has adjudicated numerous Scottish Fiddle competitions including the Glenfiddich Scottish Championship. She is a USA-approved Scottish F.I.R.E. judge (Scottish Fiddling Revival, Ltd. of North America) and has adjudicated several US Scottish Fiddle Competitions. This year she adjudicated the Dan R. MacDonald Fiddle Competition for the North American Scottish Performing Arts Classic, and the Banchory Festival in her Scottish hometown.

Although classically trained from an early age, Judi’s 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 and appeared on television and in theatre.

Judi married musician Ian Nicolson from Shetland and lived there for 15 years between 1989 and 2004. During that time, she was archivist to the Shetland Musical Heritage Trust, transcribing the works of the late Dr. Tom Anderson. Judi also taught traditional fiddle music in schools throughout the Island before moving back to Aberdeenshire, Scotland in 2004, where she continued teaching both classical and traditional fiddle in schools.

In 2008 Judi relocated to Katy, Texas with her husband and family and has since been teaching and playing for concerts, ceilidhs, Scottish Country dances, workshops, and RSCDS Balls throughout the US and Canada. She has recorded 4 solo albums and 14 albums with a variety of great musicians including her CD ‘FiddleMyStyle’ 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 ‘FiddleMyStyle’ was published in 2018. An exciting new CD ‘Fire Away’, was released in January 2020 along with Scottish accordionist Ian Muir, Kathy Fraser- Collins, Fred Collins, and Rob Wolanski.

In 2019 Judi was Music Director for Boston Harbor Fiddle School. She was a musician for Adelaide and Melbourne Winter Schools, Australia, in 2017 and 2019 respectfully. She will be returning to Perth, Australia to play for their Winter School in September this year. Judi has played for several TAC Summer Schools and is delighted to be Musical Director for 2022 in Calgary.

 

 

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.”

Ian is very much looking forward to playing at the TAC Summer Events in Calgary!

 

 

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 and is thrilled to be participating once again in Summer School 2022.

 

 

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.

“It is a great pleasure to be invited to TAC summer school 2022 in Calgary and have the opportunity to share the stage with the fabulous lineup of musicians.”