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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 continues to expand the musical traditions of his homeland with his expressive and virtuosic playing. In addition to performing more than 50 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, The Spitfire Grill 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. The group includes Eric Rigler (a veteran of concerts and/or recordings with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Michael Oldfield on Scottish and Irish bagpipes, Chris Norman (a member of the early music ensemble The Baltimore Consort and a founding member of the international trio Helicon) on wooden flute, Peter Maund (a founder of the medieval and renaissance music group the Ensemble Alcatraz and the president of the San Francisco Early Music Society) on percussion, Mick Linden (known for his adapting R&B and African rhythms to the bagpipes) on standup bass, and long-time Fraser collaborator Paul Machlis on piano and keyboards. 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 Machlin recorded in 1986. Fraser has appeared as a guest during concerts by Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Waterboys. ~ Craig Harris
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dawn Dance

1. First Light / Dawn Rant

2. Dawn Dance

3. Wooden Whale / Leaps & Bounds / Skye Barbeque

4. Stratherrick

5. Funky

6. Rain On Rannoch

7. Common Ground

8. Eilidh's Frolic

9. Sally Mo Ghradh

10. Independence Trail / Galen's Arrival

11. Pamela Rose Grant

12. Free Rein

13. Theme For Scotland

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Track List: Portrait Of A Scottish Fiddler

1. Auld Willie Hunter

2. The Shelburne Reel

3. Braigh Loch Lall / Miss Brady

4. The Kirrie Kebbuck / Culburnie Cottage

5. Slow Air: The Weeping Birches Of Kilmorack

6. Loch Of Lumgair

7. Lament: MacCrimmon's Lament

8. Marching Air: Miss Wharton Duff

9. J.F. Dickie's Reel

10. Fiddler's Whim / Kiley's Reel

11. Slow Air: The Nameless Lassie

12. Captain Horne / The Apple Tree

13. Pastoral Air: Down The Vale

14. Sir David Davison Of Cantray

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Track List: Muriel Johnstone / Natalie Haas / Legacy Of The Scottish Fiddle, Volume 2

1. Lady Mary Hay's Scotch Measure

2. Hoop Her & Gird Her / Merrily Danced The Quaker's Wife / The Hemp Dresser

3. Afton Water

4. Earl Of Hyndford's Reel / Miss Farquharson Of Invercauld's Reel / Hon. Mrs. Campbell Of Lochnell's Reel

5. Hey, Tutti, Taitie (Scots, Wha Hae)

6. Corn Rigs / Sic A Wife As Willie Had / Duncan Gray / Red House

7. O'er The Muir Amang The Heather

8. My Wife's A Wanton Wee Thing / Deuks Dang Ower My Daddy / I Hae A Wife

9. Ca' The Ewes

10. The Lea Rig / Rattlin Roarin Willie / Col. David Stewart Of Garth

11. Killiecrankie

12. Rothiemurchus Rant / Bonnie Lass Of Fisherrow / The Marquis Of Queensberry

13. The Highway To Edinburgh

14. Mr. Ferguson Of Raith's Strathspey / Green Grow The Rashes / Tibby Fowler O' The Glen / The Drummer

15. My Nanie, O

16. Dainty Davie / Mr. John Trotter Of Castlelaw's Hornpipe

17. Major Graham Of Inchbrakie / McLauchlane's Scots Measure

18. Bonny Wee Thing / Wha Can Help It

19. Bonnie Anne / The Highlandman Kissed His Mother / Push About The Jorum / Lady Mackintosh's Reel / Edinburgh Castle Reel / Up, And Warn' A', Willie

20. For A' That An' A' That (A Man's A Man)

21. The Gates Of Edinburgh / The Bottom Of The Punch Bowl / The Cairdin' O't

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No one plays sensitive fiddle better than Alasdair Fraser. His tune First Light/Dawn Rant on Dawn Dance is to Celtic music what The Lark Ascending is to classical music.
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missykmartin e z
this song and artist is great!!!!!
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Loooove Scottish fiddle
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Just saw Natalie Haas play with her guitarist husband; she is a master!
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dylan.bresli n
Love this Celtic music!!!!!.
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dylan.bresli n
Love Th
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rpugel
I've actually had the opportunity of meeting mr Fraser, because a few of my friends play with him in his concerts. He's a very lovely person and extremely charming.
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I just love Celtic music. It always lifts my mood. Thumbs up everyone!!!!
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Always a joy to hear this. So inspiring! I will play this for my family for years to come. Be well everyone. Happy Holidays 12/19/14
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scotsladye
I love listening to his music. Such a sweet and funny man as well.
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annetryba
One of my absolute favorites. Brilliant.
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Awesome rythm! It flows so smooth. Celtic is the only music that helps me calp down after a hard long day. Thank you Pandora for this station.
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dianadyermsr d
Could listen all day to Alasdair Frasier
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very good
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Such a distinctive style - his own unique voice, if you will. . .always recognizable ; always, always superb!
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Brings me back 2 my roots love it
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Well, to the dorks on here, don't let the door hit you in the tush. I'm with Andrea. Can't be grumpy when your dance'in all day can you darlin. DMB
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So uplifting .. This makes you want to get up and dance all day
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dianadyermsr d
Oh my, hearing this tune just brought me back from another world (in the middle of writing a book proposal) to my roots, my home. Thank you Alisdair, and thank you Pandora.
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Lovely Celtic spirit. They weave harmonic threads together beautifully.
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Very nice, not traditional but nice to listen to. I really liked the pipework on this piece, very subtle
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please delete this artist and similar artists
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blaba39
wonderful talent and is able to mesh his music with many different instruments.
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very beautiful and moving
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robotsam
I'm afraid that I must respectfully disagree - I find his music quite musical.
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