Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin
Finlay has been with GFW for more than 10 years and is a Senior Tutor. He has played on the Glasgow folk music scene for many years and played fiddle, guitar and mandolin 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 2019. His 2-day Ukulele School has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic participants.
He runs the twice monthly Very Slow Session on Tuesday at Knoll (formerly Siempre Bicycle Cafe), 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 Strathmore Bar, Maryhill Rd, Glasgow.
As well as fiddle and ukulele he teaches guitar and mandolin. He is fiddler and dance caller with 'Cloud Howe Ceilidh Band'. http://cloudhowe.uk/
He also works in a duo with Jimmy Ross performing themed programmes ('Folkumentaries') on various folk and historical topics. http://www.finlayandjimmy.co.uk/
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 http://finlayallison.co.uk there are pages for his GFW classes ('GFW Classwork' and 'Ukulele') where soundfiles and music for current term are available for download.