Saturday, 30 January 2010

Scottish highland fiddle music


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101 Reasons to do Nothing by Bruce MacGregor
This is the first solo recording for Inverness’s Bruce Macgregor, who is a founder member of Blazin’ Fiddles and member of the excellent Gaelic group Cliar.
£12.50





A Fiddler's Tapestry by Archie McAllister
Some of the best tracks of champion fiddle player Archie McAllister from 4 previous albums.
£8.99





A Long December Night (CD) by Ivan Drever & Duncan Chisholm
With the byline "Live by the fireside" this album gives a rare taste of these two fine musicians in relaxed mode.
£12.99





An Clàr Geal (The White Album) by Alasdair White
Fiddle player Alasdair White is a wonderful musician. Now aged 23, having been highly regarded and talked about since his early teens, An Clàr Geal is his first solo album.
£12.99





An Island Heritage by Iain McLachlan
Traditional music of the Western Isles
£12.99





Aonghas Grant - The Hills of Glengarry by Aonghas Grant
A long-awaited recording from the famous 'left-handed fiddler' Aonghas Grant
£12.50





Blazin' Fiddles - Magnificent Seven by Blazin' Fiddles
The third CD featuring the fab five fiery fiddlers.
£12.99





Blazin' Fiddles Live by Blazin' Fiddles
With the fiddlers in the band hailing from Mallaig (Allan Henderson) Shetland (Catriona Macdonald), Glenfinnan (Iain MacFarlane), Inverness (Bruce MacGregor) and Oban (Aidan O'Rourke), it's fair to say that Blazin' Fiddles embodies the spirit of today's Highland fiddle music.
£12.99




Bowstroke by Gregor Borland
A lovely fiddle CD featuring Gregor Borland who learned his craft from master musicians Donald Riddell and Hector MacAndrew.
£12.50





Collectors' Items by Duncan Dyker
The great composers are represented - the Gows, Marshall, Mackintosh, Skinner et - but some of the joy of this recording is the discovery of amazing tunes from lesser-known sources which are rarely performed.
£12.50




Estd. 1976 by Allan Henderson
This long-awaited CD features West-Highland fiddler Allan Henderson. Well known for his fine work with Blazin' Fiddles, Allan is also a talented piper and composer.
£12.50





Farrar by Duncan Chisholm
Duncan Chishom's fiddle playing is one of the most sensitive and beautiful sounds today. This is Duncan's third album and a classic.
£12.99




Fiddlers Rock by Archie McAllister
What a player! The amazing Archie McAllister on crackling form!
£12.50





Fire On! by Blazin' Fiddles
'Blazin' Fiddles are one of Scotland's top bands of the moment. Every where they go people remember them and they are definately staking a claim as Scotlands most fun band.
£12.50





Flying Fiddles by Flying Fiddles
A striking group of young fiddle players from the Outer Hebrides with some fab musical guests!
£12.50





Glad Company by Anna Massie
Debut CD from BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician 2003. Virtuoso fiddler and guitar player Anna is joined on accordion by Mairearad Green and Jenn Butterworth on guitar and vocals.
£10.99





Lan Tighe Chaileagan (A House Full of Lasses) by Teine
An album of stirring vocal harmonies, marvellously fluent fiddle playing and sheer cool fun!
£12.99





Loch Ness by Bruce MacGregor
For centuries the composition of Scottish traditional music has been inspired by the beauty of the landscape and the people who live there. This CD is about the places and the folk of Loch Ness-side
£12.99





Music Of The Fiddle Volume 1 (CD) by Charlie McKerron
A great selection of tunes on this album, with Capercaillie fiddler Charlie McKerron and Keith Collins on fiddle, George Cowie on Bass and Jennifer Wilson on piano.
£9.99





Nesta by Sarah-Jane Summers
Sarah-Jane Summers is a great Scots fiddler from Inverness and on her CD Nesta she demonstrates that she is also an excellent Hardanger fiddle player
£12.50


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