Catriona Macdonald is a famous Shetland fiddler. She was a pupil of the late Dr. Tom Anderson. She started playing the fiddle as a child in 1981, and only two years later she took both the title Young Fiddler of the Year in the 'Shetland Folk Society' competition, and the deputy leadership of a newly started fiddler group, Shetland's Young Heritage. This group was set up to help preserve traditional Shetland music and to help Tom Anderson to teach traditional Shetland music to young school children.
In 1991, she won the prestigious BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award, a high profile competition, featuring the best of Britain's young traditional players.
Fiddle playing was not her only talent, when she was eighteen she started studying voice at 'The Royal College of Music' in London. She graduated four years later and went back to Scotland to start her professional career as a fiddler.
She has released an album "Bold", (peerie angel productions PAP001), where she plays solo fiddle.
In 2007 she released her second album, called "Over the Moon", (peerie angel productions PAP002) .
In autumn 2008, she is doing concerts in Scotland and Shetland :
Tour schedule and video
Performing with her is the band which played on the “Over the Moon” album: David Macmillan on piano, Conrad Ivitsky on double bass and James MacIntosh on drums and percussion.