Scottish traditional fiddler and composer

Traditional fiddler and published composer, John C Grant is the fiddle player and dance instructor with the Borland Ceilidh Band and additionally writes the traditional music for many of the dances.

John has played with numerous bands throughout the years over a range of musical styles all over Europe and has recorded for many bands during this time. Additionally, John has tutored at the Fèis Chill’ Mheàrnaig for several years.

The Kilmarnock Collection

Published in 2018, the Kilmarnock Collection is John C Grant’s first major publication – 164 original compositions based on a snapshot in time from a viewpoint of his own home town of Kilmarnock, on the West Coast of Scotland.


Conceived just after the Scottish independence referendum of 2014, this book consists of that moment in time from the viewpoint of Kilmarnock, looking out to the wider world. Although there is an underlying theme of the Scottish independence movement, this is not an overtly political publication.


Compositions include all of the local dignitaries, streets and prominent businesses, along with some weel kent fowk. Cover by award winning Scottish artist Eòghann MacColl.


Kilmarnock Standard newspaper 21 November 2018.


The “Kilmarnock Collection” is available from both Amazon and Lulu Press. Please Click the links to redirect to the respective stores.

The Kilmarnock Collection
(A4 sheet music only)

The Kilmarnock Collection is additionally available in sheet music only A4 ring bound format from Lulu publishing.

The Tarbolton Collection

Available from Spring 2020, the Tarbolton Collection is a unique collection of traditional compositions based on the Ayrshire village of Tarbolton – the home of Robert Burns’ “Bachelors’ Club” where he learned to dance, fiddle and debate.