Jackie was introduced to Scottish music from the age of two and a half as a highland dancer. She was a competitive dancer and teacher and won many prizes at various championships and highland games throughout Scotland, Including being a gold medallist at the Cowal Gathering.
She started playing the piano accordion at the age of seven and switched to the five row when she was eleven, Under the tuition of Jimmy Shand Jnr.
In 1982, at the age of nineteen and a pupil of Bert Pozzi, Jackie was the first female to win the All Scotland Senior Open Accordion Championship for traditional music at Bill Wilkie's Accordion Festival in Perth. On the same day, She also won the Senior Open Accordion competition for Pipe Music and the All Scotland Senior Ladies Accordion Championship for traditional Scottish music.
Jackie has played and broadcast both at home and abroad with numerous bands and trios throughout the years either playing first accordion, second accordion or piano.