Barbara was brought up in Fife, learning Scottish and Irish songs from her grandparents . She was delighted to meet up with many other traditional singers and musicians when she left home to become a skint student at university in Dundee and was persuaded to start singing for her supper.
She went on to become a founder member of the band Coelbeg and over the years had many other collaborations: Fair Game, Rathlin, Fon a Bhord and Palaver.
Around 1987 Barbara started a 20 year break from regular singing, concentrating on her family and a medical career, but she’s back hanging around sessions and festivals again and enjoying a new collaboration with musicians Carol Anderson and with Martin Macdonald and Kenny Hadden resulting in her debut CD album called Hilbert’s Hotel.
Barbara will be in conversation with presenter Danny Matheson.
You can hear our Album of the Week feature programme on Saturday from 12 noon and 12 midnight and Monday at 6.00pm and Catch Up.