Fiddle, Ukulele, Guitar, Mandolin
Finlay has been with GFW for more than 15 years and is a Senior Tutor. He has played on the Glasgow folk music scene for many years and played fiddle, guitar mandolin and ukulele 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 2021. His 2-day Ukulele School has attracted hundreds of enthusiastic participants.
He runs the twice monthly Very Slow Session on Tuesday at Knolls Kitchen Bar, 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 the Botany, 795 Maryhill Rd, Glasgow.
In 2019 he ran a successful week-long residential course in Ukulele in Skye with another planned for 2020.http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/cursaichean/cursaichean-goirid/ukulele-with-finlay-allison/
As well as fiddle and ukulele Finlay 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, most recently 'Which Side Are You On?' The Life and Times of Pete Seeger. http://www.jimmyandfinlay.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!