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Bonnie Rideout

Bonnie Rideout grew up on a farm in Michigan, spent much of her childhood on Cliff Island, Casco Bay, ME, and studied classical violin at the University of Michigan. Her fiddling, however, reflects the musical traditions of her ancestral home of Scotland. The recipient of Instrumentalist of the Year and Record of the Year WAMA (Washington Area Music Association) awards in 2000, Rideout is a three-time winner of the United States National Scottish fiddle championship and the only American to be invited to demonstrate 18th century and Highland fiddle styles at the Edinburgh International Festival. The Washington Post praised Rideout for her "soulful, elegant, and virtuosic fiddle playing," while Rock'n Reel took a similar view, writing that Rideout's "playing is examplary throughout, with exhilaration and desolate beauty in equal measure." Rideout inherited her love of music from her mother, who played piano, and her father, who played ocarina. While searching for Christmas presents in her parent's closet, Rodeout "discovered" an old violin. Fascinated by the instrument, she devoted herself to learning the classical approach to the violin. Advancing quickly, she sharpened her playing skills while playing in public school orchestras and was accepted for private lessons at the University of Michigan. She also performed with the school's youth orchestra. Enrolling at the University of Michigan as a viola major, Rideout soon switched her areas of focus. She graduated in 1985 with degrees in violin performance and fine arts. Inspired by Scottish fiddler, Dr. John Turner, Rideout moved to Scotland where she played with several strathspey and reel societies. Veteran Scottish fiddlers Ron Gonnella, Bill Hardie, and Angus Cameron took her under their wing, exposing her to a wide range of Scottish fiddle styles. Rideout learned many tunes from Scottish farmer/fiddler Jim Falconer and his wife, Katherine. While serving as musician-in-residence at Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye, she taught herself many tunes from a collection assembled in the 18th century by Patrick MacDonald. Several of these pieces were featured on her debut album, "Soft May Morning." Currently residing in Alexandria, VA, Rideout alternates between solo performances and shows with her band the Bonnie Rideout Scottish Trio, featuring guitarist Bryan Aspey and percussionist Paddy League. Rideout has written four books for Mel Bay Publishing. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Scottish Fire

1. Grant's Rant/The Brown-Haired Daughter/Innes Of Sandsides'/Stuart's Rant

2. The Champion Of The Seas/Over The Isles To America/Pop Goes The Weasel/Rossie Castle

3. Oh Onochie O

4. Grace Hay's Delight/Dunkeld House/Mrs. McGee's Reel

5. The Highlands Of Scotland/The Lowlands Of Scotland/Kelo House/Miss Clementina Stewart

6. Lude's Lament

7. The Brown-Haired Lad/O My Boatman

8. Tibby Fouller O' The Glen/The Lonach Highland Fling/Miss Shepherd/Dr. Gordon Stables' Reel

9. Brose And Butter/Cuzie Together/Elsie Marly

10. What The Devil Ails You!/Loch Ness

11. The 156th Brigade At The Battle Of Romani

12. Purser's Air/Fishing Off Eilean Na H'airde/Drinan Jig

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Track List: Kindred Spirits

1. Mrs. Gunn's Strathspey / Sweet Molly / The Wise Maid

2. Miss Gordon Of Park / Craigellachie Lassies / The Honourable Mrs

3. Thogail A' Bhuntat! (To Lift The Potatoes) / Do Shrochadh Thoill

4. Highland Mary Or Katharine Ogie

5. O' A' The Airts / My Luve's Like A Red, Red Rose

6. Roy's Wife O' Alldivaloch / Aldavaloch Or O'er The Moor Amang Th

7. Miss Elspeth Campbell

8. Mrs. Stewart's Strathspey / My Wife's A Drunkard / Miss Susan Co

9. Bonny Jean Of Aberdeen

10. A Bhanarach Dhonn A Chruidh (The Brown Milkmaid) / 'Smi Gabhail

11. Laoidh Rebecca (Rebecca's Hymn)

12. Kindred Spirits

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Track List: Celtic Circles

1. North Highland Tunes

2. Pipe Major William Wilson

3. Mary Do It Again / Cross Roads / Jig In A

4. Lament On The Death Of Sor Blanca Maria

5. Macdonald, Lord Of The Isles / Romance Air

6. Gillie Callum / Highland Rant / Ryan's Rant

7. Air To Which Ossian Is Recited

8. The Boat Hoisted The Sails / Gone To Sea

9. Bog On Lochan / Drowsie Maggie / Sleepy Maggie

10. A Mother's Lament / Aisling

11. Flo'ers O' The Forest

12. Yell Yell

13. Prince Charlie's Farewell To Scotland / Winyadepla

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Track List: Soft May Morn

1. The Seagulls Of Scarba/How I Passed The Winter/Fair John's Siste

2. Oh, Tis Me That Is Wounded/Lament For Clan Ranald

3. They Stole My Wife From Me Last Night

4. Sad Is My Soul/A Doo-A-Dee I Went/The Battery Rock/The Red Brook

5. My Sleep Is Heavy/One Day I Travelled The Moor

6. Dargo

7. Soft May Morn/Islay And Kintyre/Early On A May Morning

8. Joyful Is The Crossing/Gloom Upon My Soul/Och O Ro U

9. The Vale Of Keppoch/Clay Port

10. Lord Reay/Ha-Da-Lolal/The Lad's Cairn/Hoblin/Gruagach

11. Rocks Of The Peak/The Maid Of Edin

12. Cold Night/Shrieks And Cries Of Woe/Noon In The Deep Blue Sky

13. The Man Of Corrie/My Love Is Fixed On Donald

14. I Am A Thrush Of Clan Donald/My Sleep Is Sound

15. Brown Haired Madien Of The Ghost/The Tower/Beloved Little Sister

16. McIntosh's Lament

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My wife is a violin player. And, I'm glad she recommended Bonnie Rideout.
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I chose Bonnie's music to give birth to my baby in Sept. 1996 - her beautiful and enduring music is forever a part of our memories of bringing our son into the world. Thank you, Bonnie!
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Toured with Bonnie and her folks in 1999. What a wonderful time. She has so much talent.

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