Finlay Allison

Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin

Finlay has been with GFW for more than 10 years and is a Senior Tutor. He has played on the Glasgow folk music scene for many years and played fiddle, guitar and mandolin as a member of the group 'Stramash'. He was Adam McNaughtan's accompanist until Adam's retirement.

He introduced and developed ukulele classes at GFW and his Come & Try Ukulele Workshops have been a sell out attraction at Celtic Connections, with more planned for  January 2020. His 2-day Ukulele School has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic participants.  

He runs the twice monthly Very Slow Session on Tuesday at Knolls Kitchen Bar, Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, which gives beginners a chance to learn playing in a Pub Session at a reasonably slow pace. In addition he runs a monthly 'Slow Jam' at the Botany, 795 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow.

In 2019 he ran a successful week-long residential course in Ukulele in Skye with another planned for 2020.http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/cursaichean/cursaichean-goirid/ukulele-with-finlay-allison/

As well as fiddle and ukulele Finlay teaches guitar and mandolin. He is fiddler and dance caller with 'Cloud Howe Ceilidh Band'. http://cloudhowe.uk/

He also works in a duo with Jimmy Ross performing themed programmes ('Folkumentaries') on various folk and historical topics, most recently 'Which Side Are You On?' The Life and Times of Pete Seeger. http://www.finlayandjimmy.co.uk/

He teaches pupils (adults and children) in all above instruments privately at his home in the West End of Glasgow.

Finlay has a wealth of experience in enthusing and motivating people who are often astonished to find they do have musical skills after all!

On Finlay's website http://finlayallison.co.uk there are pages for his GFW classes ('GFW Classwork' and 'Ukulele') where soundfiles and music for current term are available for download.   Contact Finlay by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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