Ally Forsyth is a traditional musician based in Glasgow. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he is now working with some of the most talented and in-demand musicians in the country.
Brought up in Westhill, near Aberdeen, Ally played piano from a young age. He learned traditional music through Sharon Hassan and The Gordon Gaitherin and played for two years with the Fèis Spè Cairngorms Ceilidh Trail.
For his final year of high school Ally attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, taught by Andy Thorburn (piano) and Jack Evans (guitar). It was here that he became part of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated band, Thalla.
Since moving to Glasgow, Ally has studied under the tuition of Mary McCarthy and James Ross, playing at some of the UK’s most prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Steinway Hall, London. Ally is a regular piano tutor at Riverside Music College and has taught both piano and guitar t Gaitherin and Fèisean across the country. Ally has appeared on television and radio across BBC Alba, BBC Radio 2 and Classic FM.
In 2019, Ally was brought on board by Riverside Music College to curate and launch the HND Traditional Music course, lecturing in group work and piano. During the summer, Ally is involved in coordinating the Fèis Fhoirt Ceilidh Trail.
Calum has been part of the Riverside Private Tuition team teaching Guitar and Bass for over 6 years now and also Teaches First Instrument Study on our HND Music Performance Course.
He is a multi-Instrumentalist with years of experience under his belt, having picked up his love for learning to play music at the tender age of just 10, Calum is a well versed and accomplished Musician amassing 15 years of playing experience both in a live and studio environment.
Priding himself on his versatility, Calum has vast experience playing a multitude of genres covering styles such as Metal to Country and everything in between.
Calum has been playing in and around the live scene in many different bands for over 10 years now and having the pleasure of playing with bands such as The Fratellis, Reef and DMA’s as well as playing his own sold out show at Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut.
He currently plays Guitar in Glasgow based band Dead Coyotes and is regularly gigging, recording and playing for live radio sessions. As well as being an accomplished musician, Calum is also a qualified Sound Engineer coming through our ‘HND Sound Production’ here at Riverside Music College.
With a long and varied career in the Industry , primarily in the areas of electronic music and sound design, Calum has brought this experience to Further Education with a number of colleges in the sector, but is now exclusively with Riverside Music College. Certificated in both Pro Tools and Logic Pro, his knowledge of audio production, synthesis and music technologies brings both a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to the HND Sound Production courses.
Calum also runs the current Ableton Live extra-curricular courses.
Douglas MacIntyre has worked in the education sector since 2001, lecturing in creative industries and music related areas at Stow College, Kelvin College, and University of the West of Scotland. He has worked at Riverside Music College since 2015 and is currently Assistant Head of Centre.
Selected BBC television performances:
- Organiser of Sandfest charity concert at Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow, which have included several performances by groups and vocalists like Justin Currie (Del Amitri), Clare Grogan (Altered Images), Grahame Skinner (Hipsway), James Grant (Love & Money), The Bluebells, and the Sandford City Rockers (who include members of Aztec Camera, Bourgie Bourgie, The Bluebells, etc).
- Recording artist signed to several major and independent record companies over the past 30 years.
- Session musician in both a recording and international touring capacity with many artists including; Lloyd Cole, Vic Godard & the Subway Sect, The Bathers, James Grant/L&M, The Nectarine No9/S.Obs, The Secret Goldfish, Future Pilot AKA, The Bluebells, Jazzateers, among others.
- CEO of music rights company The Creeping Bent Organisation, which was established in 1994 and has released over 100 products. Over 30 radio sessions recorded with BBC Radio 1 (John Peel), BBC 6Music (Marc Riley), and BBC Radio Scotland (Vic Galloway)
Gordon teaches various music business subjects and the history of music to HND Performance and Sound production students.
He has over thirty years experience in the music industry and the wider media community as a professional touring and recording musician and as Managing Director of a London and Berlin based independent record label and music publisher.
Over the past decade he has been involved in establishing one of Scotland’s largest recording studios and helped found a successful film studio in Livingston.
He has also held a senior role in a Sports media Company delivering, amongst others, Celtic TV to an online audience.
Gordon combines his lecturing role at Riverside Music College with work in the film and television industry on feature films, television drama and adverts and producing emerging artists in music.
Grant has Worked in the college sector since 2006 and is currently Senior Lecturer in Sound Production at Riverside Music College.
He is a specialist in DAW software, its implementation and Digital Audio applications. Grant is a certified Pro Tools Operator with an in depth knowledge of Ableton Live Software. His key skill sets in sound design and Audio for Multimedia applications.
Grant has worked extensively with Creative Scotland to engage people in music creation and sound production across Inverclyde- both in schools and the community. He has also worked extensively with high schools to help with the roll out of Music Tech when it was starting to be offered as part of Higher Music.
He is also responsible for the design and delivery of the HN Sound Production Courses at Riverside.
Katherine Macleod MacDougall
Katherine Macleod is a musician and tutor from East Kilbride. Her main talents are in flute, whistle and singing.
She started her musical journey singing in the East Kilbride Gaelic choir aged nine and competed in choir and solo singing at the Mod for many years.
Katherine went on to study a BA (honours) in Scottish music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2006 and has been performing and teaching extensively since then.
She is passionate about teaching and sharing traditional songs and tunes.
Kevin’s musical career spans across different genres having played in numerous Rock, Metal, Samba and Jazz bands, as well as performing in Orchestras.
At age 17 Kevin had already achieved both Guitar and Drums at Grade 8 level. He then later studied at Riverside Music College in Guitar and Composition, while taking a year in between to professionally study Sound Engineering before completing his Diploma.
He has been formally teaching guitar for over 10 years and has a wealth of different teaching methods to suit individual needs. Kevin prides himself on being able to make even the trickiest endeavours easy to understand and learn. After all, everyone learns in different ways. He also lectures Live Performance Skills and Music Theory on the HND Music Performance courses.
Aside from teaching, Kevin also composes music for media such as TV, Films and Games and has wrote, arranged, organised and produced music projects on a global scale for ensembles with 80+ musicians involved and has worked with world-wide renowned artists such as Donna Burke.
His work can be heard throughout numerous films, games and other projects and has also amassed over 2 million streams of his music alone.
After graduating with a first-class Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Strathclyde, Madaleine spent her formative years touring the world (Canada, America, Europe, Scandiavia, Africa, UAE, Russia, South East Asia) with bands such as the BAFTA award winning, OSCAR and GRAMMY nominated soul revivalists ‘The Commitments’.
Live appearances and session work have included live performances and backing vocals for The Average White Band, Tom Jones, Mica Paris, Alesha Dixon, Edwin Collins, Paul Carrack (Mike and The Mechanics). Producer Mike Spencer (Jamiroquai, Kylie Minogue), The Pearlfishers, Ricky Ross, Alesha Dixon, composer Paul Leonard Morgan (Limitless, Wormwood, Dynasty). Hot Dub Time Machine, Deacon Blue, Karine Polwarth, Salsa Celtica, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Ian Anderson MBE (Jethro Tull), Susan Boyle, Stuart Murdock (Belle and Sebastian) and Jon Fratelli.
Other highlights include opening for The Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Bryan Adams, Al Green, Dr. John, Mayer Hawthorne, Hue and Cry, and British soul diva Alice Russell. Vocal writing and arranging credits include Carl Carlton (German guitarist/producer for Robert Palmer), producer Josh Rhys Owen (Roc Nation). Performances at major music festivals include T-in The Park (Scotland), TRMSMT, Tabarka Jazz Festival (Tunisia, Africa) Edinburgh and Glasgow Blues and Jazz Festival. Edinburgh International Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival (USA), Winnipeg International Music Festival (Canada), Soul Summit Music Festival (New York, USA), Wickerman (Scotland), Isle of Wight Music Festival (UK), BBC Music Festival (London, Reading, Glasgow, UK).
Cameron Ross is originally from Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland. Scottish traditional music has always been the focus of his life – he followed the dream of being a musician from the beginning of his studies at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton.
It was here Cameron began researching the different styles of Scottish music and song and became passionate about preserving our valuable music.
Continuing his studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and East Tennessee State University, Cameron focused on the the development of Scottish music and its effect on music around the world. Since then he has recorded his first album ‘Trig’ with his band Tannara and performed internationally at many festivals and venues with various bands. He has collaborated and toured with many artists including Phil Cunningham, The Paul McKenna Band, The Raglan Roots Coalition and performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Anne and Alex Salmond. Cameron has also toured and worked as a musician for Disney World Florida as well as the Disney Cruise Line.
Researching the music of Scotland and touring internationally has helped him to learn new pieces and techniques and utilise these in his own style. He is extremely passionate about preserving our traditional music, but also loves to incorporate more contemporary music and styles in his playing and believes this is also valuable. He is a keen composer and writes pieces focusing on the traditional styles, as well as music with a more contemporary approach such as irregular time signatures and less common modes.
From the very beginning music has always been a part of Shaun’s life whether playing or producing it.
Starting in live performance at a very young age with his first “commercial” performance at age 12, he learned and practised multiple instruments through out, as well as performing as a DJ/MC in Cape Town and later in Johannesburg.
Joined the SA Navy 1993 where he served as a drummer/percussionist in the Senior staff band.
Notable gigs performed after his Navy service include being hired as a drummer for productions “50 Something”, “60 Something”, “Solid Gold” tribute theatre shows as well as support band for Uriah Heap and Deep Purple(1995).
Following this, Shaun started studio session work with bands which introduced him to studio life and work, this led him to producing singles on albums and EPs. Singles progressed into producing albums for artists he worked with this led him to start producing albums for artists upon request as a bona fide producer.
During this time he started scouting for and nurturing up and coming talent, and ultimately supporting the artists in terms of studio productions and live gig/ touring support (N.I.P) producing over 45 projects/albums over a 6 year period.
He was then hired by Svenmusic & African Space as technical venue manager overseeing all technical matters relating to gear/equipment involved including logistics and operation at the week long KKNK music festival in Oudtshoorn, R.S.A.
In June 2009 he was hired as a musician (bass-guitarist) and pre-production for big productions(shows) Rock the Beat & Rock 2 the Beat, Hip to be Hot and The Reel Thing based in 2 casinos in Johannesburg.
Since moving to Scotland he has achieved a BSc Music Technology degree to back up and underpin his practical experience while continuing as a versatile instrumentalist
Studio work includes:
- Gods Zoo (session drums & recording/mixing)
- Dylan John Thomas (session drums & bass, recording & mixing for his first 3 singles)
- James Paul Fairlie (session drums)
- Marthasville ( 2×3 track E.P.s, recording and currently in the mixing phase)
- The Brian Rawson Band (Debut Album, drums and bass sessions with full production)
- Shaun has once again branched out going into education at his alma mater, lecturing at Riverside Music College since September 2017 in subjects reflecting his experience and education;
- Sound for Live Events and Sound Reinforcement
- Sound Production Practice
- Recording and Mixing, Recording techniques for musicians
Stuart teaches the 1st Instrument Study for Drumkit and Songwriting modules.
He has over 20 years experience of live performance and as a session musician, playing and recording with groups like The Wellgreen, BMX Bandits, St Deluxe and Snowgoose among others. He has also co-written and produced albums by The Wellgreen, Dr Cosmo’s Tape Lab and BMX Bandits, as well as written and released a number of his own albums. He lectures at UWS and runs various community music songwriting groups around the Glasgow and Stirling areas.