13 Songs, 1 Hour 4 Minutes


About Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser is one of Scotland's most influential tradition-rooted fiddlers. A two-time winner of the open competition of the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Fraser has spent his career expanding the musical traditions of his homeland with numerous collaborations, recordings, and performances, as well as through the three fiddling camps he has founded. In addition to appearing countless times on BBC radio and television shows (and, in the U.S., on A Prairie Home Companion), Fraser has been featured on the soundtracks of such films as Titanic, Braveheart, and The Last of the Mohicans. Fraser's 1996 album, Dawn Dance, which represented his first all-original recording, received a NAIRD award as best Celtic album of the year. The album's success inspired Fraser to form a band, Skyedance, with the musicians featured on the album including long-time collaborator Paul Machlis on piano. Fraser and Skyedance released their first album as a band, Way Out to Hope Street, in 1997. The album included 13 group-composed instrumentals and a reworking of a medley of traditional dance tunes that Fraser and Machlis recorded in 1986. In addition to his partnership with Machlis, he has also worked regularly with guitarist Tony McManus and, beginning in 2003, formed a very successful duo with cellist Natalie Haas that has yielded several highly regarded albums. The duo's first album, Fire and Grace, earned them an Album of the Year award at the Scots Trad Music Awards. In addition to his own collaborative partnership, Fraser has guested with the Waterboys, the Chieftains, and Itzhak Perlman, among others. Having relocated to Northern California in the 1980s, Fraser launched two different summer fiddle programs there, as well as a longstanding fiddle camp on Isle of Skye in his native Scotland. His work with Haas has extended into the 2010s with releases like Highlander's Farewell (2011), Abundance (2014), and Ports of Call (2017), all of which were released via his own Culburnie Records imprint. ~ Timothy Monger & Craig Harris

Clackmannan, Scotland
May 14, 1955



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