Alasdair Fraser (born 14 May 1955, Clackmannan, Scotland) is a Scottish fiddler.
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). Adept in various Scottish idioms, in recent years, with cellist [1 ] 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 ] Fraser lives in northern California with his wife and two sons. [3 ] [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
soundtrack (featured soloist, co-composer on "Silver Leaves" (contains "Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell")) Treasure Planet
References [ edit ]
^ 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.
^ Weir, Rob (2005). "Outside in with Alasdair Fraser". Sing Out! (includes a discography ) 49 (1): 24–27.
^ Maxham, R. E. (2001). "Alasdair Fraser: Ancientvoices, crystal truths". Fanfare 25: 76–86.
^ Michael Simmons. "Alasdair Fraser: Scotland's Ambassador of Fiddling", (Fall 2002), Fiddler Magazine online issue
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