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John ''The Prof'' Matheson

John Belongs to the village of Spinningdale in Sutherland in the north of Scotland, but now lives in the Seaside town of Nairn on the Moray coast for the past 44 years.

His interest in Scottish music began at an early age, when John was  about 7 years old he learnt to play the fiddle, which he still does (or as some folk might say he is trying to play the fiddle). He compares at many functions all over the north and north east of Scotland, including many appearances on the stage of The Eden Court Theatre in Inverness.

John was involved with Moray Firth Radio in Inverness for around 26 years, behind the scenes at first, then progressed to sometimes guest presenting on Scottish music programs while the regular presenter was on holiday, he then became regular presenter of a "Piping Hot" programe, and for 8 1/2 years co-presented a three hour weekly program of Scottish music and song,  "All Scottish" John was also involved in Hospital Radio in Inverness for many years.

John's main occupation was with the Scottish Ambulance Service which he served with for 30 years before retirement 16 years ago.

A keen member of Nairn & District Pipe Band since coming to Nairn. He was the Drum Major for 17 years, until retiring in 2018.

Also in 2018 John was honoured to be awarded the British Empire Medal, BEM in the Queen's new Years Honours List for his contribution to music, and his involvement in charity work in the Highlands. The BEM was presented in June 2019 by the Lord Lieutenant for Nairnshire at a charity Massed Pipe Bands Display on the Nairn links. He also received 3 other awards locally for the same reason.

John is delighted to be presenting "Highland Fling" on thesoundsofscotland.com as it gives the opportunity to share the music and songs of Scotland around the world via the internet.


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