Meet Us



Blair Parham

Blair’s vast experience in music performance has seen him play throughout the country and across the world.

Originally a cellist from a very young age, Blair joined The Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra at the age of ten and his love of fiddle music was established. In 1995 he joined The Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, and since then has gone on to fill numerous roles within it.

He is honoured to be at the helm of this wonderful orchestra and relishes bringing down the baton at the beginning of every show.

To read Blair’s full biography, click here.



Yla Steven


Born in Edinburgh, Yla began learning the violin in Edinburgh at the age of seven, continued her studies in Blairgowrie, Perthshire and later graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. In the early 1970’s Yla began competing at all the major Fiddle Festivals in Scotland winning Championship Awards at Kirriemuir, Banchory, and Aberdeen. In 1976 she was the first ever winner of the Daily Record’s Golden Fiddle Award in Glasgow.

For almost forty years she taught violin, viola and cello for the City of Edinburgh Council. Here she founded the Lothian Schools Strathspey and Reel Society, touring Germany, Argentina and to Canada and the United States.

In 1980 Yla was a founder member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and was delighted when John Mason invited her to become its principal soloist. Following Bill Cook’s death in 2019 Yla became the 3rd Leader of the SFO since its formation in 1980.

She was awarded a British Empire Medal in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to Scottish Music.

To read Yla’s full biography, click here.


Catriona Norman

 Catriona is 17 and Sound Production at Forth Valley College.

She started learning bagpipes at the age of 6 and also plays smallpipes, fiddle and drums and composes her own pipe tunes.

Catriona was originally a member of the Davidsons Mains and District Pipe Band where she had her first taste of performing and competing. Following her family’s move to the Trossachs, she then joined Strathendrick Pipe Band, and later the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Pipe Band.

She currently focuses her time on solo competing and performances, taking part in various solo competitions and music festivals. Her love of music spans both the pipe band and trad band scenes.

With her acceptance into the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow, where she started studying in Autumn 2019, she is enjoying further refining her skills and exploring new opportunities to perform traditional music.


Martin Duncan

Martin first learned the bagpipes with Queensferry and District Pipe Band while still at primary school. Piping has been an important part of his life ever since.

He played with Vancouver Police Pipe Band whilst living in Canada, and Heriot-Watt University Pipe Band on returning to Edinburgh. He is now a member of Stockbridge Pipe Band and he plays regularly with them at competitions, community events and corporate functions.

As well as being a piper, Martin enjoys playing the fiddle and has been a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra as a second violin since 1992.

Orchestra Members

1st Violin

Yla Steven (Leader)
Kerry Allison
Amanda Brown
Alastair Buchanan
Julie Carrie
Patricia Carrigan-Key
Celia Chamberlain
Alison Craig
Alexander Davidson
Clare James
Karen Egerton
Christopher Gowans
Kirsty Harrower
Lesley Hay
Sarah-Louise Kelly
Fiona Kindness
Catriona Love
Sarah Lynchehaun
Sara MacDoka
Anna McCorquodale
Isobel McCrae
Diana McCrone
Satunum McElroy
Rhiannon McGibbon
Elaine McHendry
Catriona McLean
Elisabeth McLay
Sheena Mather
Emily Middleton
Fiona Morison
Sarah Nelson
David Nicholson
Louise Norman
Leanne Sandeman
Judith Semple
Myra Shuttleworth
Jill Sinclair
Aileen Smith
Amber Thornley
Hilary Turbayne
Wendy Waddell
John Wallace
Dania Wood

2nd Violin

June Nelson
Christine Anderson
Fiona Anderson
Peter Brash
Lesley Brown
Isobel Burnie
Kirsty Carrie
Bob Diament
Susan Donlevy
Mhari Duncan
Martin Duncan
Helen Egan
Isla Ferguson
Cassie Findlay
Lorna Gibson
Rosemary Grady
Joy Hosie
Shona Howes
Di Jevons
Lewis Kelly
Caroline Lambie
Ruth Longmuir
Alister McLean
Ella Rose McMeechan
Lauren Mair
Christine Marshall
Elisabeth Martens
Andrew Paterson
Lars Robertson
Margaret Skinn
Anne Turnbull
Rebecca Wilson
Caroline Winn
Kim Wood
Nicola Young


Dennis Haggerty
Colette Ruddy


Rona Porter
Susan Arnold
Joely Campbell
Sally Caunt
Susan Docherty
Eilidh Stewart
Jane Strathearn
Anne Tavendale


Kirsty Craig
James Brodlie
Jamie Mason
David Russell
Angus Burnie


Fred Prise
Helen Findlay
Barbara Knox
Ewan McKenzie
Ed Parkhouse
Amy Pirie
Alan Ross


Sheena Anderson
Veronica Culling
David Lunt


Fiona Brodlie


Iain McGlinchey


David Brodlie
Nathan Bradley
Catriona Duncan