Finlay Allison

Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin

Finlay has been with GFW for more than 15 years and is a Senior Tutor. He has played on the Glasgow folk music scene for many years and played fiddle, guitar  mandolin and ukulele as a member of the group 'Stramash'. He was Adam McNaughtan's accompanist until Adam's retirement.

He introduced and developed ukulele classes at GFW and his Come & Try Ukulele Workshops have been a sell out attraction at Celtic Connections, with more planned for  January 2021. His 2-day Ukulele School has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic participants.  

He runs the twice monthly Very Slow Session on Tuesday at Knolls Kitchen Bar, Dumbarton Rd, Glasgow, which gives beginners a chance to learn playing in a Pub Session at a reasonably slow pace. In addition he runs a monthly 'Slow Jam' at the Botany, 795 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow.

In 2019 he ran a successful week-long residential course in Ukulele in Skye with another planned for 2020.

As well as fiddle and ukulele Finlay teaches guitar and mandolin. He is fiddler and dance caller with 'Cloud Howe Ceilidh Band'.

He also works in a duo with Jimmy Ross performing themed programmes ('Folkumentaries') on various folk and historical topics, most recently 'Which Side Are You On?' The Life and Times of Pete Seeger.

He teaches pupils (adults and children) in all above instruments privately at his home in the West End of Glasgow.

Finlay has a wealth of experience in enthusing and motivating people who are often astonished to find they do have musical skills after all!

On Finlay's website  there are pages for his GFW classes ('GFW Classwork' and 'Ukulele') where soundfiles and music for current term are available for download.   Contact Finlay by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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