Chris has been playing accordion for Scottish country dancing for more than 30 years. Before that she ran her own English dance band, and was a member of London Folk (an English dance display team). Forming Strathallan, with Ann and Martin, seemed like the obvious next thing to do.
Prior to that, Chris was a member of the Scottish dance trio Sound Company for 14 years and played throughout the south of England, and regularly in Europe and the Channel Islands. She has played on several commercial recordings, and plays regularly for dance classes and day schools.
Chris has performed at many major folk festivals, including the annual Shetland Accordion and Fiddle Festival – probably the premier showcase event for Scottish traditional music. Chris travelled to Russia, France and Ireland with the Scottish dance display team Corryvrechan, leading the band for 13 years.