Alasdair Fraser is one of today’s greatest carriers of the Scottish fiddle music tradition. His warmly expressive playing, instrumental mastery and deep understanding of his native music as a venerable, continually evolving art form serve as an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.
From playing haunting Gaelic airs and rumbustious dance tunes to improvising endless variations on traditional themes, Alasdair’s musical range allows for a wide variety of artistic partnerships. These include duos with pianist Paul Machlis and guitarist Tony McManus, his band Skyedance, guest appearances with The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Itzhak Perlman, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale and innumerable broadcasts and film soundtracks such as A Prairie Home Companion, the Kennedy Center Honors, The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Also a composer, Alasdair’s commissions include Fettercairn Suite and his compositions have been featured in works by the Richmond (Virginia) Ballet and Shiftworks Dance Ensemble.
Alasdair’s duo with cellist Natalie Haas has restored the “wee fiddle and big fiddle” partnership which flourished in eighteenth century Scotland and has gained contemporary prominence at the cutting edge of tradition-rooted creativity. Their debut album Fire and Grace was voted Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004. Their virtuosic playing, near-telepathic understanding, joyful spontaneity and the sheer physical presence of their music continues to thrill audiences internationally.