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.

Blazin' Fiddles band performing at the Queen's Hall at the Edinburgh Festival 2016

History[edit]

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] At the Scots Trad music awards they were awarded Best Live Act in 2004[4] and their Album Magnificent Seven was Album of the Year in 2005. They took part in the BBC Proms at the Albert Hall, London in August 2005.[5]

Of the original line-up, Aidan O'Rourke and Marc Clement left in 2009, then Catriona Macdonald departed from the band in autumn 2010.[6] In 2013 the band won Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the MG ALBA Scot Trad Awards.[7] They played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. the world's largest arts festival, in August 2016.[8]

The album Six was final recording that features Iain MacFarlane and Allan Henderson, who were both founder members of Blazin' Fiddles.[9]

Blazin' Fiddles has been described as one of the world's most prolific fiddle groups.[10]

Line-up (2016)[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Past members[edit]

Discography[edit]

  • Fire On! (2002)
  • The Old Style (2004)
  • Magnificent Seven (2005)
  • Blazin' Fiddles Live (2007)
  • Thursday Night in the Caley (2011)[15]
  • Six (2014)[16]
  • North (2015)[14]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "BBC Proms 2005 - Blazin' Fiddles". Scottish Arts Council. 2005. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  6. ^ "Gig review: Blazin' Fiddles". The Scotsman. Johnston Press. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ "Scots Trad Awards 2013 winners announced". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f "Blazin' Fiddles". What's On. The Queen's Hall. Retrieved 2016-08-11. 
  9. ^ Adams, Rob (9 February 2014). "Blazin' Fiddles, Six (Blazin' Fiddles)". Sunday Herald. Newsquest. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  10. ^ "Scots folksters have Led in their pencils". Henley on Thames News. 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  11. ^ "Fiddle Frenzy 2014 Opening Concert". Mareel. Shetland Arts Development Agency. 2014-08-03. Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  12. ^ a b "Article - Blazing Fiddles". Blazin-fiddles.co.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c d "Blazin' Fiddles". The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh. 2009-08-19. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  14. ^ a b McFadyen, Neil (2015-11-20). "Blazin' Fiddles - North". Folk Radio. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 
  15. ^ "Blazin' Fiddles". www.footstompin.com. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Wilkinson, Allan (2015). "Blazin' Fiddles - Six (Proper)". Northern Sky Magazine. Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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