Our Staff Musicians

  Ian Muir accordion/piano (Scotland)

Ian Muir is one of the most accomplished and versatile accordionists in the Scottish music scene. His musical career has taken him all over the world performing in a variety of genres.

Ian started his professional career aged 14 at the Gaiety Theatre, Ayr and since then, as well as his busy schedule in the UK, has travelled throughout Europe, the US and the Middle East.

His band debut was with Kenny Thomson and the Wardlaw Scottish Dance Band in 1979, and made his broadcasting debut on BBC Radio Scotland's Take the Floor and Radio Forth's Folk around Robin programmes. He formed his own Scottish Dance Band in 1984, and broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio Scotland, and has made so many album recordings that he's lost count!

Ian is also Senior Accordion Tutor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.

TV appearances include Thingummyjig, Shindig, Welcome to the Ceilidh and Northern Nights. In recent years he has featured on GMTV live at Hogmanay from the shores of Loch Lomond.

(The Melbourne Branch RSCDS Winter School will be Ian's first musical visit to Australia).

  Judi Nicolson fiddle (Scotland)

Scottish fiddler Judi Nicolson is a consummate performer. Her dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understnding of Scotland's music has created a demand for solo appearances, concerts and dances.

Classically trained from an early age, her passion was to play traditional Scottish fiddle music. By fifteen, she had won three Open Scottish Fiddle Championships, then went on to play at music venues throughout the UK as a soloist and with some of the finest Scottish Dance Bands.

She has recorded for radio, appeared on television and in theatre. Judi moved to Shetland in 1989 and married accordionist, Ian Nicolson, taught traditional fiddle music in local schools and played with musicians including Aly Bain and Williw Hunter. Judi qualified as a violin teacher teaching both classical and traditional fiddle in Scotland.

In 2008 Judi and family moved to Texas where she teaches, and plays for concerts, ceilidhs, Scottish country dances, balls and workshops in the US and Canada, where she has played for the TAC Summer School for several years. in 2017 Judi launched her FiddleMyStyle CD with Kathy Fraser Collins (Piano, Accordion), Fred Collins (Drums) and Rob Wolanski (Double Bass and Guitar). She has recorded 2 solo albums and 14 albums with various musicians and bands, and has released two tune books.

(In 2017 Judi played fiddle for the Adelaide RSCDS Winter School, and we are delighted to have herr here again on the music staff at the Melbourne Winter School).

  Kathleen Fraser Collins piano/accordion
  Matthew Robertson fiddle (Melbourne, Australia)

In addition to our full-week music staff, the Winter School will see a rich involvement of other Scottish dance musicians from around Melbourne and Victoria.