Info on Claire

photo: Paul Jennings

I am over the moon to have nominated for Music Tutor of the Year at this year’s Scots Trad Music Awards 2019!

I feel privileged to have been nominated – it means the world to me! This past year has been a whirlwind of different projects and I’ve loved every single moment of it! Alongside tutoring my own school of fiddle and violin pupils, I penned my first fiddle tutor book “A Guide To Learning The Fiddle book 1”.

Across this year I have taken on two fiddle tutor posts at two different community projects – The Cowal Fiddle Workshop & The Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop, as well as launching my own community mixed instrument music workshops – HOW TO CEILIDH!

In September I began a mammoth mission of Continuing Professional Development by commencing studies for as Masters in Education in Teaching & Learning in the Performing Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and I am loving the all the challenges and new knowledge this is bringing!

If you’d like to consider voting for me for Music Tutor of the Year 2019 (category #17), you can do so here:



Claire is a freelance musician, instrumental tutor, Scottish composer, and artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. 

She is originally from the North East of Scotland and has very fond memories of growing up, immersed in the music of the Banchory Strathspey & Reel Society. Claire has made Glasgow her base since graduating from the the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2004.

Claire tutors a diverse range of students privately in both fiddle and violin, guiding them on their musical journey – building skills, working towards goals such as ABRSM and RCS exams , competitions, or just for the sheer joy and love of playing an instrument!

She is also involved in a range of community projects throughout Scotland, including RCS outreach projects.

Claire’s HOW TO… CEILDIH workshops are a fun and creative way to learn new skills and make new friends within your community, of any age, all having a love of Scottish music and music making! There’s music making. There’s creating. There’s arranging. There’s dancing. There’s humour and banter. There’s cake.

​Claire also tutors fiddle in group settings at both The Cowal Fiddle Workshop in Dunoon, and the Lochgoildhead Fiddle Workshop in Argyll, both of which are brilliant fun, if you’re local to that area and fancy joining!

Claire also enjoys performing and playing in Scotland’s vibrant Scottish music scene, in various bands and as a soloist.


“A Guide To Learning The Fiddle, Book 1”.

Foreward written by Simon Thoumire, Director of Hands Up For Trad and Concertina Extraordinaire!

“The most fun you can have in traditional music is when a group of musicians take their instruments out of the case and start playing in unison. The energy that is created is second to none and everyone starts smiling. You don’t have to be a soloist or a professional to take part in these experiences – anyone can. All you have to do is learn how to play music! Claire Gullan has put together this book that is exactly for this purpose. Whether you are just starting out, or have played an instrument in another life, you can do it! This book features a great range of tunes that will get you started!”

Maker of Art

“Green Creel Boat”

Charcoal, pen & watercolour



Claire’s Ceilidh Free Podcast

Click the link below, or search itunes, to enjoy a toe tapping half hour of Scotland’s vibrant ceilidh music scene – past and present!


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