About the Perth and Kinross Lieutenancy

Joan Blue presented with her BEM Medal

Joan is one of the finest Scottish fiddle pianists in recent memory and has been awarded a British Empire Medal for her services to education and music in Perth and Kinross. She stared to learn to play the piano at the age of 10 and has embraced her talent and used it generously to support education, charity and the local wider community. She has been an accompanist for Scottish Dance Classes, played with the Mansfield Scottish Dance Quartet and Bill Wilkie’s Accordion Orchestra. She helped set up the Perth Accordion and Fiddle Club in 1970 becoming secretary, a role she held for 23 years, and was a founding member of the National Association of Accordion and Fiddle Clubs. A regular guest of Robbie Shepherd, on the BBC Scotland Take the Floor programme, while working at Kilgraston School, she formed Kilgraston Scottish Fiddle Group and directed it from 1995 until her retirement in 2020. Numerous young people benefitted from being tutored by her and she has played a major influence in the lives of many of those pupils, some of whom have gone on to enjoy a career in music. She continues to perform voluntarily for the many charity events such as St Andrew’s Day parties and Burns Suppers. Joan’s huge financial impact made during decades of fundraising for many local and national causes highlights the impact of her gift on the community.

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