Fearless fiddler Shona Mooney, who was born in 1984 near Linlithgow in Scotland, is a versatile performer who follows inspiration wherever it may lead. Venturing into genre-bending territory with Orchestra of Samples, Shona improvised live with Jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins and Iranian fusion percussionist. This year she was invited to collaborate with Italian rock/pop musicians Clara People and received a Step Travel Grant from the European Commission Fund to visit Italy to create music to that celebrates International Human Solidarity Day (20 Dec).
Also in-demand as a composer, Shona derives her inspiration from a winningly magpie-minded range of subjects, both human and pastoral. She was a recipient of the 2005 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year which led her to release her debut album Heartsease, in 2006. Her beautifully haunting and evocative composition Tidal Island (supported by Creative Scotland) was recorded for BBC Radio Scotland's Global Gathering, in 2012. Since then she has earned Best Screening for a Small Ensemble in the Silent London Poll 2015 for her new score that accompanied 1927 silent film, Annie Laurie. Most recently Shona composed a piece called, For A' That Variation, that was played by the Strathspey & Surreal Society at Celtic Connections 2016.
Shona holds a 1st class honours from the BMus in Folk and Traditional Music degree and also a Masters in Music from Newcastle University. She is a member of manys bands including: The Shee who have released four albums; new Scots-Irish band The Flyting; and The Katie Doherty Trio.
Currently she teaches fiddle students from the BMus Folk & Traditional Music Degree and whole-class workshops for Youth Music Initiative in the Scottish Borders primary schools.
"Her arrangements cover the full spectrum: from stripped-down simplicity to far-out electronic experimentalism."
- Sue Wilson (Song Lines)
With her solo projects, duets and different ensembles she has toured the UK, Europe, Jordan, Canada and USA. In 2007, Shona was featured on Howard Goodall's Channel 4 How Music Works, and has collaborated with musicians from diverse cultures including Jordan, Catalonia and Bulgaria. In 2009, she performed Conflict and Resolution, a musical piece to celebrate the life of artist Charles Rennie MacKintosh which connected Scottish and Catalan folk musicians alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra orchestrated by David Heath. In 2017 she attended her first music residency in Banff, Alberta, Canada alongside.