Shona Donaldson originally comes from Huntly and is one of Scotland's leading young tradition bearers. She was in residence in her home town during 2010.
No area in the west possesses such a fine tradition of balladry and folksong as the North East of Scotland. The agricultural heartland of Aberdeenshire has long been recognised for its music and song. Born and bred in Aberdeenshire, the 'bothy ballads' evoke romance and love, expose injustice, recount real events, but specifically have grown and been nurtured from the experiences of the men and women working in and around the farms or ‘fairm-touns’ of the 19th and 20th centuries. The bothy ballads were composed (often not written down) and set largely to existing pipe and fiddle tunes by the men hired or fee'd at the local hiring fairs or fee'ing markets held in towns and villages.