Borders fiddle player Shona Mooney is one of Scotland's leading traditional musicians. Since winning the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2006 she has appeared at international festivals such as Tønder (Denmark), gone on tour with Scottish Folk orchestra, The Unusual Suspects, The Shee, Borders Fiddles and recorded her debut album, 'Heartsease (viola tricolour)'. It fuses musical agility with thematic concept, traditional Borders style with contemporary flair, and it's no surprise that it has gone on to have plenty of positive feedback, including 'Top of the World' (editor's choice) in Songlines magazine, 5-star reviews in The Herald and multiple broadcasts on BBC's Late Junction. Shona began playing in O'er the Border with her parents Barbara and Gordon Mooney, bowing a tiny second-hand fiddle bought for her in a junk shop in Peebles! In 2001, aged 17, Shona enrolled upon Newcastle-upon-Tyne's newly founded degree course in Folk and Traditional Music. After graduating with first class honours, she began by recording albums with her fellow degree friends. A little further down the line and her very own Shona Mooney Trio was formed to fulfil her desire of exploring and expanding the Borders repertoire. Particular highlights so far have been to perform alongside Capercaillie stars Donald Shaw and Karen Matheson at the BBC Proms in the Park and to be chosen to appear on Howard Goodall's 'How Music Works' for Channel 4. Shona also works for the Scottish Borders Council in Arts Development as the Traditional and World Music Development Worker. She travels around the region organising projects within the schools and the community.
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