Lori Watson

Lori Watson grew up in the Scottish Borders where she was a founder member of The Small Hall Band and played in the Clarty Cloot Ceilidh Band. She studied Scottish Music at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and graduated in 2003. She is currently writing a PhD in Contemporary Innovation and Traditional Music in Scotland. She performs traditional, contemporary and original folk music and sings primarily in Scots and English. Family Background: From a musical Scots/Irish family, Lori’s great grandfather Peter Augustus Meechan was a popular fiddle player in Glasgow, her grandfather Alexander Watson played accordion and everyone in the family sang. Today, her father sings, plays guitar, bouzouki and mandolin and her mother sings and plays bodhran. Their small, independent record label, ISLE Music Scotland, owned and run by the family, issued the Borders Young Fiddles CD, a landmark in Scottish / Borders fiddle music and Lori’s debut in 2006 :Three. Lori’s brother Innes Watson, graduated from the RSAMD in 2006 and is building a career as a full-time musician with a growing reputation.


FIVE STARS! Vivacious, cleanly articulated fiddling - silvery, beautifully poised vocals. (The Scotsman)

Widely recognised to be one of the finest fiddlers in the country. (Perthshire Advertiser)

Destined to be a true star in the folk firmament. (MU Magazine)

Lori Watson
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