Joann was born in Glasgow,
Scotland and formed an interest in music and the works of Scotland’s
internationally renowned poet, Robert Burns, at a very early age. She
entered, and won, her first Burns Competition at the age of five and continued
to compete in music festivals and competitions until 1994. During her
competitive years, Joann was a consistent prize winner and was awarded
trophies for excellence in singing, as well as for her interpretations
of Burns’ works and other traditional Celtic music.
Her genuine love and admiration of the works of Robert Burns comes across in her unique interpretation and sensitive musical arrangements of his words and she is keen to ensure that his poetry is appreciated and enjoyed far outside their native land. Her performances and recordings reflect her experience and training in both the traditional and classical styles of music.
Joann was awarded Honorary Membership of the Saint Andrew Society of Southern California in June 1997 in recognition of the unique and outstanding contribution she has made, and is continuing to make, to the furtherance of Scotland’s culture and history here in the United States.
In contrast to her musical endeavors, Joann is also a martial arts enthusiast and has been featured in sports publications, including "Inside Kung Fu", "Martial Arts" and "World Black Belt".
Joann has written several children's books featuring the mischievous tyke, Wee Billy - a character she admits is based on herself since she was a bit of a tomboy growing up and always seemed to be getting into scrapes! She is in demand at schools and children's groups to read her stories and talk with her young audiences about the differences of growing up in Scotland and the USA.
She currently splits her time between her adopted and native lands. In addition to performing, writing and recording, she is involved
in producing educational materials, speaking at seminars and workshops
to promote the arts, traditions and culture of Scotland and also plays an active role in animal rescue on both sides of the pond.
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