Tom Spiers was born in Aberdeen, on the north east coast of Scotland, in 1947 and was brought up in an extended family environment where singing was the norm. He now lives near Turriff in Aberdeenshire. In 1962 he joined Aberdeen Folk Song Club and it was there he got to know and admire legendary traditional singers such as Jeannie Robertson, Jimmy McBeath and Lizzie Higgins. In 1966, Tom and folklorist Peter Hall formed The Gaugers, a folk group which specialised in songs from North East Scotland. With Arthur Watson, who joined them in 1974, they made several fine recordings. In 2002 when living in Auchtermuchty in Fife, Tom teamed up with Pete Shepheard and Arthur Watson under the name of Shepheard, Spiers & Watson. Together they set up East of Scotland Traditional Song Group - a trust that organises the annual Fife Traditional Singing Festival.