BIOGRAPHY


Sharon Hassan BA (Scot.Music) is responsible for the delivery and management of all Gadie Music’s education and community projects. Having worked with Aberdeenshire Council as a peripatetic strings instructor, The Gaitherin, Feisean nan Gaidheal, Scottish Culture and Traditions (SCaT), West Lothian Council's Traditional Music Programme and managing RSAMD’s Musicworks Outreach department Sharon has 15 years of experience in the Youth Music sector and is Disclosure Scotland checked by Aberdeenshire Council and many other Youth Music bodies

Sharon's professional life began as a former and founder member of the highly regarded trad band 'Dochas'.  She has been entertaining the masses with her uplifting ceilidh fiddle style for the last 15 years since her days as a student at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she cut her ceilidh band teeth with many of the top ceilidh bands in Glasgow.  Well known on the Aberdeen traditional music scene as being a bit of a maverick who will turn up with any array of instruments in tow (if you're really unlucky she will bring the banjo!) she is regarded as one of the leading ceilidh players in the North East.  Sharon has played at some of the biggest and best music festivals in the world including the Celtic Connections Festival and the Festival Interceltique de Lorient and currently gigs with her own 3 piece outfit Hoolichan and with Jonny Hardie and Davy Cattanach.  


A tutor to many contemporary leading young players including two recent Young Traditional Musicians of the Year, Ruairidh MacMillan and Daniel Thorpe, Sharon does a lot of work with young people and mentors the acclaimed North-East Folk Collective who have recently performed at the Royal Albert Hall, London, Scots Traditional Music Awards 2013, Stonehaven Folk Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Aberdeen International Youth Festival and Nafco DERRY 2012.  Her work with young people and adult learners was recognised in 2012 when she was nominated and short-listed for 'Tutor of the Year' at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards in December 2012 and also in 2013 when Gadie Music were nominated and short-listed for 'Community Project of the Year'.  


Sharon has also recently become an Associate Musician for Drake Music Scotland and works a lot in schools helping young people with additional support needs to enjoy creating and playing music using Soundbeam, Skoog and technology alongside conventional instruments.  She released an album of self penned material (One Fine Day) in summer 2005 and is currently working on another album to be completed in winter this year.  


Recent work includes :


Tutoring for Feis Rois Oigridh, Feis Spe, The Gaitherin, Scottish Culture and Traditions (SCaT) and leading West Lothian Schools Traditional Music programme (West Lothian FOLK).


Traditional Music Project Manager, Strategic Music Partnership  


Directing the North East Folk Collective (NEFCo), who received critical acclaim at the Music For Youth Schools Proms 2013 (Royal Albert Hall, London), Scots Traditional Music Awards 2013, Stonehaven Folk Festival and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011/12 and were selected to participate in the North Atlantic Fiddle Convention - International Youth Fiddle Camp in Derry 2012.


Collaboration with Kutumba (Nepal) touring Scotland, September 2012.


Associate Musician with Drake Music Scotland, whose mission is to give people of all ages with disabilities equal opportunities to learn to play, compose and perform music as independently as possible.


A tutoring, writing and performance role in the National Theatre of Scotland's Extreme project (Street Dance/Ceilidh fusion).


Working on Animation Projects in collaboration with Aberdeen’s Reading Bus composing film scores with classroom instruments, voice and percussion.  Danestone and Hazlehead Primaries.


Ongoing work with over 100 local young people weekly!