Liza was brought up in Farr, just outside Inverness, and attended the town’s Royal Academy at Midmills, before going on to study Scottish History and Sociology at Glasgow University.
Working as a musician, and playing across Britain, Ireland and Europe, she returned to the Highlands in 1995 to set up her independent production company, Metagama Productions. An award-winning producer, Liza has devised and produced numerous television and radio arts documentaries for BBC Scotland.
Always with a wide range of interests and passions, in 2001 she co-founded and managed the Trad Award-winning music school, Blazin’ in Beauly.
In 2004 she and her husband renovated old barns on the family’s Bogbain Farm, where they set up their outdoor activities & heritage business and music events, including Northern Roots Festival.
Later returning to full-time music, Liza now teaches in schools and for Fèisean, plays piano and accordion with local band, Dorec-a-belle, and is a songwriter and composer on a wide variety of projects. She has played, composed, recorded, and collaborated with diverse creative colleagues, including Donald S Murray, Martin Stephenson, Paul Taggart, Eileen Tunnell, Davy Cowan and many more.
Liza is a columnist with Highland News & Media, writing a regular folk music column, ArtyNess, for their stable of newspapers and online sites. She is author of the Inside Folk series of non-fiction books, the first of which - Notes from a Scottish Musician’s Year – was published in 2018. Volume 2 will be published in Autumn 2020.
Liza also writes fiction and children’s stories and has had short fiction as well as feature articles and essays published in journals, newspapers and online history and news sites. She is a winner of the Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History from Edinburgh University and shortlisted writer with Penguin Random House’s WriteNow 2020 programme.
She has been a committee member of Inverness’ book festival, Ness Book Fest since 2017.