Shetland Isles, Scotland. One of the leading traditional fiddle players in the world, MacDonald studied as a child with the esteemed teacher Tom Anderson. In 1983, she won the Young Fiddler Of The Year award at the annual Shetland Folk Society competition. Further awards followed, notably in 1991 with the BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award. During the early 90s, MacDonald studied voice at the Royal College of Music in London, following which she returned to her native Shetland to launch a recording career. Her 1993 debut, Opus Blue, was a duet set with fellow Royal College of Music student, accordionist Ian Lowthian, which received widespread acclaim in the folk world and beyond.
In addition to her continuing work with Lowthian, during this period MacDonald also guested with a number of bands, including the Edinburgh-based psychobilly unit Swamptrash and the same citys Celtic fusion outfit Shooglenifty, and was a founding member of the...