More About Hilary........

She is particularly fond of singing the songs of James Hogg (The Ettrick Shepherd) and Robert Burns, and often performs at events with Lucy Cowan (Director of Pro Corda North) formerly of The International Cello Centre at Edrom.

She was a member of the innovative group Sangs and Clatter which specialised in bringing live Scottish music into the classroom.

Hilary has written music for Rowan Tree productions, including The Travels of Mungo Park. 1995 saw the recording of two new albums in which she was involved, namely Echoes from a Tower Yarrow Records featuring works by James Hogg and new poems by Judy Steel, and The Art of Robert Burns (Released 2003 on Scotstown Records)   In 1997 she was asked by the James Hogg Society and Stirling University to record many Hogg songs for an educational CD.

Aside from the traditional music which she loves, she is an accomplished solo singer and player of "contemporary" folk music, and would like to perform with a professional band which specialises in such music. Back in the last few weeks of 2000 and into 2001 Hilary worked in the Big Sky Studios in the Scottish Borders to produce her first solo CD "Breaking All the Rules" This CD was launched on 15th February 2001 in Scotland to critical acclaim and is available from the CD Store at

The CD headlines Hilary but also features the talents of the following well known Borders musicians: John Wright, Kenny Speirs, Ian Lowthian, Tom Roseburgh, Lucy Cowan, Elspeth Smellie, Gavin Dickie, Stewart Hardy, Rosie Bell, Gavin Dickie, Dave Haswell, Rob Fraser and four Selkirk Pipers. Steve Lawrence from Glasgow (formerly of Iron Horse) plays bouzouki on 2 tracks and Howard Duthie the Edinburgh based freelance accompanist plays piano and conducts the Portmanteau Singers.  

Hilary's second solo album Next Time Around was recorded in 2006 at Big Sky Studios. This CD was produced by Stevie Lawrence who also provided a lot of the percussion and strings. The CD was built round a folk theme producing a "band" feel and included many of Hilary's favourite musician's and friends. Ian Lowthian (accordion), Iain Anderson Fiddle, Kenny Speirs on vocals and guitar and Judy Dinning backing vocals. Wendy Weatherby (cello) and Brian Shields (double bass) provided an intuitive but subtle backdrop to many of the tracks.