Alasdair Fraser

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Alasdair Fraser
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Alasdair Fraser
Background information
Born (1955-05-14) May 14, 1955 (age 58)
Origin Clackmannan, Scotland
Genres Scottish fiddle
Instruments Fiddle
Labels Culburnie
Associated acts Skyedance
Website www.alasdairfraser.com

Alasdair Fraser (born 14 May 1955, Clackmannan, Scotland) is a Scottish fiddler.

Fraser operates Culburnie Records, and is a leading artist on the label. He has founded three summer fiddling programs: the Valley of the Moon fiddle camp in California (begun in 1984), a week-long course on the Isle of Skye (begun in 1987) and the more recent Sierra Fiddle Camp in California (begun in 2006).[1] Adept in various Scottish idioms, in recent years, with cellist Natalie Haas, he has helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello ("wee fiddle" and "big fiddle").[2][3] Fraser lives in northern California with his wife and two sons.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Portrait of a Scottish Fiddler, Solo album -released 1982
  • Skyedance, with Paul Machlis (Keyboards, Piano) - released 1985
  • The Road North, with Paul Machlis (Keyboards, Piano) - released 1987
  • The Driven Bow, with Jody Stecher (Guitar) - released 1989
  • Dawn Dance, Solo album - released 1996
  • Way Out to Hope Street, with Skyedance Band - released 1997
  • Return to Kintail, with Tony McManus (Guitar) - released 1999
  • Labyrinth, with Skyedance Band - released 2000
  • Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 1, with Paul Machlis (Piano) and Natalie Haas (Cello) - released 2002
  • Live in Spain, with Skyedance Band - released 2002
  • Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 2, with Muriel Johnstone (Piano) and Natalie Haas (Cello) - released 2004
  • Fire and Grace, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - released 2004 (winner, Scots Trad Album of the Year)
  • In the Moment, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - released 2007
  • "Highlander's Farewell", by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas - released 2011

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • The Narada Wilderness Collection
  • Celtic Odyssey (Narada)
  • Celtic Dance (Narada)
  • The Narada Nutcracker
  • Treasure Planet soundtrack (featured soloist, co-composer on "Silver Leaves" (contains "Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell"))


References[edit]

  1. ^ Shrader, Erin (2007). "The philosopher fiddler: as an educator, Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser has built as living legacy of talented, enthusiastic students". Strings 21 (7): 51–54. 
  2. ^ Weir, Rob (2005). "Outside in with Alasdair Fraser". Sing Out! (includes a discography) 49 (1): 24–27. 
  3. ^ Maxham, R. E. (2001). "Alasdair Fraser: Ancientvoices, crystal truths". Fanfare 25: 76–86. 
  4. ^ Michael Simmons. "Alasdair Fraser: Scotland's Ambassador of Fiddling", Fiddler Magazine (Fall 2002), online issue

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