Blazin' Fiddles

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Blazin' Fiddles are a contemporary Scottish fiddle band from the Highlands and Islands. They formed in 1998 to showcase the Highlands and Islands' distinct regional fiddle styles. The band have a number of awards, including; the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards, Live Act, Album and most recently Folk Band of the Year 2013/14. Their records are released on their own indie Blazin' Records label.


As part of the year of Highland Culture in 1998 the band had originally come together to put on a one-off tour to showcase the various fiddle styles of the Highlands and Islands.[1] Their name makes reference to the burning of fiddles that was done by the Church in parts of Scotland in the 19th-century.[2][3] They were awarded best live act at the Scots Trad music awards in 2004.[4]

Of the original line-up, Aidan O'Rourke and Marc Clement left in 2009, then Catriona Macdonald departed from the band in autumn 2010.[5] In 2013 the band won Scottish folk band of the year at the MG ALBA Scot Trad Awards.[6]

The album "Six" was final recording that features Iain MacFarlane and Allan Henderson, who were both founder members of Blazin' Fiddles.[7]

Current line-up[edit]

Past members[edit]


  • Fire On! (2002)
  • The Old Style (2004)
  • Magnificent Seven (2005)
  • Blazin' Fiddles Live (2007)
  • Thursday Night in the Caley (2011)[9]
  • Six (2014)


  1. ^ "Blaze of glory for Trad Award winners". The Inverness Courier. 9 December 2013. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Scotland's songs and tunes: Instruments: Fiddle". Education Scotland. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Blazin’ in Beauly". The Scots Magazine. October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cassells pipes up for Trad Awards". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). 1 December 2005. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gig review: Blazin' Fiddles". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scots Trad Awards 2013 winners announced". BBC News (BBC). Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Adams, Rob (9 February 2014). "Blazin' Fiddles, Six (Blazin' Fiddles)". Sunday Herald (Newsquest). Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  8. ^ a b "Article - Blazing Fiddles". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Blazin' Fiddles". Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

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