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Artists and Musicians

East Lothian has always inspired artists and musicians, whatever their medium or genre. Our museum collection holds several paintings, though a lot of them are on display in schools and other Council buildings around the county.

If you have a suggestion for someone to write about here, leave a comment below. Or if you’d like to write about an artist or musician with links to East Lothian yourself, please use our simple template and send it to us or go to Your Stories on this website.

To see the full collection of oil paintings belonging to East Lothian Council, follow the link below to the Your Paintings website, or look at our page about our Artists’ Paradise or our blog.

3 thoughts on “Artists and Musicians”

  1. Helen Green says:

    I have just discovered that Christie Leatham was my father’s cousin. Her father Peter, and dad’s mother Helen, were brother and sister.
    Dad always loved music and played the banjo and banjo mandolin as well as being in a pipe band.

    Best wishes,

    Helen Green

  2. Richard Budniak says:

    Just thought you might be interested in Chrissie Leatham. The Leathams lived in Musselburgh and Chrissie moved to Tranent. Hannah Leatham was my Grt Grandmother and her nephew was Peter Leatham who was said to be Edinburgh’s finest melodeon player in the 1920s. He is featured on a CD called Melodeon Greats along with Peter and Daniel Wyper, Pamby Dick etc.
    Chrissie was Peter’s daughter and as well as being a fine accordionist she taught most of Scotland’s top players. Among those she taught were Phil Cunningham, Jim Johnston, Ian Mcphail, Sandy Brechin, Simon Thoumire, Ian Lothian and Kenny McGinty to name but a few. She was “World Champion” in 1935 beating Jimmy Shand to second place.
    Chrissie’s son Owen Murray went on to become Professor of Accordion at the Royal Academy of Music in London where he is still teaching to this day.
    Chrissie must deserve some recognition along with Scotland’s greatest artists and musicians.


    Richard Budniak

    1. HelenB says:

      Thanks for sharing that story Richard. Chrissie sounds like a wonderful musician, and influential amongst some of today’s most significant performers. It’s stories like these that we love to share!

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