I have been involved with traditional music for more than thirty years, performing, teaching, collecting and publishing. Born in Edinburgh, my first instrument as a boy was ukulele. I progressed to guitar, then penny whistle. My older brother had a mandolin in the house, and I would sneak shots of it, thus beginning a love affair with all things mandolin.
In 1985 my first book, Songs and Ballads of Dundee, came out to great acclaim. I have since published several more, including a popular set of session tune books. My web site, nigelgatherer.com, attracts people from all over the world and contains hundreds of tunes and historical information about Scottish folk music.
Since starting to teach traditional music in 1996, I think I have become a popular tutor around Scotland and beyond, regularly being invited to conduct workshops at festivals and summer schools. In 2009 I was honoured to be nominated as Tutor of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards.
I live in Crieff with my partner June - an artist - and our cat Splodge.