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Stuart Adamson Singer with 1980's Pop band 'Big Country'

Paddie Bell Singer with 1960s Folk group 'The Corries'

Martyn Bennet 1971 - 2005. Piper & innovator

Jack Bruce 1943 - 2014 Legendary Bass player, composer and singer from Bishopbriggs who was an integral part of the 1960's super group Cream

Robert Burns 1759 - 1796. Scotlands Bard. Poet, Song collector and songwriter. Famous for his globally aclaimed song 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Andy Burt: 1953-2012 Drummer and percussionist with several Glasgow rock bands.

Alexander Carmichael 19th c Song Collector.

Robert Carver 1485 - 1570. Perthshire based Renaissance Composer.

Malcolm Conwill 1953 - 2013. Composer and keyboard player with the Aberdeen roots reggae group the 30 Footers.

Johnny Cunningham Fiddler with 1970's Folk band 'Silly Wizard.'

Ivor Cutler 1923 - 2006 1970's Singer/Songwriter.

Glen Daly Singer popular among fans of Celtic football club.

Karl Denver 1931 - 1998. 1960's Pop singer from Springburn famous for his yodelling songs.

Maidie Dickson 1950's accordionist and partner of Chic Murray.

Lonnie Donegan 1931 - 2002. Skiffle King.

Gordon Duncan 1964 - 2005 Piper

Alex Duthart Drummer

Jean Elliott 18th century songwriter

Ray Fisher Folk singer sister of Archie Fisher

Marjory Kennedy Fraser 1857 -1930 Gaelic song collector.

Capt Simon Fraser 1773 - 1852 Composed Fiddle tunes.

Leigh Garden Composer of Highland Cathedral)

Mary Garden Opera singer from Aberdeen

Alexander Gibson Conductor with the RSNO

Ron Gonella Fiddler

Harry Gordon 1893-1957 The Laird of Inversnecky Aberdeen born popular Scottish entertainer, comedian and impressionist

Joe Gordon Singer

Hamish Gow Fiddler

Nathanial Gow Fiddler

Neil Gow 1727 - 1807. Fiddler

Neil Gow Junior Fiddler

Angus R. Grant. 1967- 2016: Shooglenifty fiddler and frontman who helped create folk fusion acid croft.

Greig- Duncan Aberdeen based Song Collectors.

Will Fyffe Singer of the song 'I Belong To Glasgow'.

Hamish Imlach 1940 - 1996 Legendary Folk singer famous for song 'Cod Liver Oil & the Orange Juice

Bert Jansch 1943 - 2011. Guitarist.

Robin Hall Singer with Jimmie MacGregor

Cliff Hanley Writer of the song 'Scotland The Brave'

Alex Harvey 1935 - 1982 Legendary Glasgow Rock Singer

Les Harvey 1944 - 1972 Glasgow Guitarist with Glasgow Rock band 'Stone The Crows'

Hamish Henderson 1919 - 2002 Songwriter of classic protest songs such as "Freedom Come A' Ye."

James Hogg 1770 - 1835 Borders Novelist & Songwriter

Willie Hunter 1933-1994 Scottish folk fiddler born in Shetland who played an important part in the rejuvenation of Shetland fiddling traditions.

Calum Kennedy 1928 - 2006 Hebridean Gaelic Singer

Danny Kyle Glasgow Folk Singer

Sir Harry Lauder 1870 - 1950 Songwriter and world renowned entertainer.

Stan Laurel Singer and International silent Film Star brought up in Rutherglen Glasgow.

Jackie Leven 1950 - 2011 Popular singer/ songwriter guitarist from Fife.

Hector MacAndrew 1903 - 1980 Highland Fiddler.

Ishbel MacCaskill 1941 - 2011 Gaelic Singer

Ewan MacColl 1915 -1989 Folk Singer/ Songwriter.

Donald Ban MacCrimmon Died 1746 Piper

Patrick Mor MacCrimmon 1595 - 1670 Piper, composer and founder of Pibroch music.

Bill McCue. Scottish classical singer and entertainer, circa 1960s. Known for his baritone voice.

Hamish MacCunn 1868 - 1916 Classical composer

  Iain MacDonald Piper

Mary MacGregor 18th c Piper and composer.

Angus MacKay Exceptional Piper

A Campbell MacKenzie 1847–1935) Scottish composer, conductor and teacher best known for his oratorios, violin and piano pieces, Scottish folk music and works for the stage.

Alexander Compton MacKenzie: 1983- 1972. Writer, music composer and Scottish Nationalist best known for his 1950's film Whisky Galore.

Billy MacKenzie 1970's Pop singer/ songwriter with 1980's Pop band 'The Associates'

John Ban MacKenzie born in 1796 at Achilty, near Strathpeffer, became known as the King of Pipers.

Neil MacLean Traditional singer from the Isle of Mull

Bobby MacLeod 1925 - 1991. Popular accordionist and Scottish country dance band leader.

Donald MacLeod Pipe Major

Roddy MacMillan songwriter

Flora MacNeil Traditional Gaelic singer from the Hebrides

Donald MacPherson

James MacPherson Legendary 18th fiddler who smashed his fiddle after composing the tune MacPherson's rant while waiting to be executed at Banff for cattle raiding.

Mary MacPherson Composer for bagpipes

Michael Marra 1952-2012 Popular Dundonian Singer/ songwriter

John Martyn 1948 - 2009 Glasgow singer / songwriter

Bill McCue Classical singer

William McGibbon 1690-1756 Composer and violinist

Matt McGinn 1928 - 1977 Glasgow satirist and singer.

Kenneth McKellar 1927-2010 Fabulous Scottish Singer

Hector McNeil 18th c Songwriter

Bill Millin. Piped troops ashore at Sword Beach during 1944 D Day landings as comrades fell around him. German snipers claimed they did not shoot at him because they thought he was crazy.

Chic Murray 1960's Entertainer

Lady Nairne 1766 - 1845. Songwriter famouse for Jacobite songs

Hector Nicol Entertainer

James Oswald 1711 - 1760 Classical Viola player.

Master Joe Peterson early 20th c Singer

Calum Piobair Famous piper

Ian Powrie Country Dance Accordionist.

Gerry Rafferty 1947-2011Pop/ Rock composer and singer

Allan Ramsay 18th century songcollector and writer

Jean Redpath Singer of traditional songs and famous for being an integral part of the 1960's USA's Greenwich Village folk revival that made the career of Bob Dylan and others.

Billy Rivers 1980's Glasgow based singer/ songwriter.

Sir Hugh S. Roberton 1874 – 1952 Composer and founder of the world famous Glasgow Orpheus Choir.

Jeanie Robertson Mearns district traveller singer

Lady Jane Scott 1810-1900 Borders composer of 'Annie Laurie' a favourite both at home and abroad particularly popular among soldiers in the American Civil War.

Sir Walter Scott 19th c Novelist & Songwriter of Border Ballads

Willie Scott 1897 - 1989 Dumfriesshire Folk singer, storyteller and musician.

Jimmy Shand 1908 - 2000 World famous accordionist who had a pop hit with his 'Blue Bell Polka'

James Scott Skinner 1843 - 1927 The Strathspey King. Fiddle composer and country dance master.

Adam Skirving 1719-1803 Scottish Jacobite songwriter famous for 'Hey Johnny Cope'

Will Starr Variety theatre entertainer

Andy Stewart 1933 - 1993 Singer Entertainer famous for Songs A Scottish Soldier & Donald Where's Your Troosers.

Belle Stewart 1906 - 1997 Travelling tradition Singer.

James Stewart (James 1 of Scotland) 1406 - 1437. Piper and composer.

Mary Stewart (Queen of Scots) 16th century lute player.

Stuart Sutcliffe 1960's. Edinburgh born founder member of the Beatles.

Robert Tannahill 19th c songwriter from Paisley.

William Wallace Classical Composer

Nancy Whiskey 1960's Singer who hit the UK charts with a skiffle version of the classic blues song 'Freight Train'

Tam White: 1970s & 1980s Legendary Edinburgh Blues man who played with The Dextors and Shoestring.

Roy Williamson 1936 - 1990 Singer /songwriter guitarist with Folk band 'The Corries' who wrote the modern Scottish anthem 'Flower of Scotland'

Dave Willis Variety Theatre Entertainer singer and comic.

Robert Wilson Classic Scottish Singer

Lena Zavaroni 1970's popular singer from Rothesay Isle of Bute. Came to fame success in a televised talent contest.

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