"JUST AS IT WAS" by Alasdair Fraser & Muriel Johnstone
3 CD set of live recordings of Alasdair & Muriel in full swing playing for dances from Blair Castle to San Diego
Award-winning duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas once again unleash their dazzling teamwork, driving, dancing rhythms, and shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey.
Special guests include top players from the Celtic and new acoustic world: Irish fiddle/guitar combo Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, old-time fiddle master Bruce Molsky, Brittany Haas from trend-setting band "Crooked Still", Hanneke Cassel, Laura Risk, Ryan McKasson, Evan Price, Emily Onderdonk, Mike Block, Tristan Clarridge. Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Haas continue to delight audiences with live performances throughout the US, Canada and Europe and with their seminal and highly inspirational previous releases “Fire & Grace” and “In the Moment”.
Dawn Dance NAIRD Indie Award Winner for
Celtic Music Album of the Year.
Skyedance A classic album with widespread appeal.
Auld Lang Syne This rich, evocative compilation celebrates the old and the new in Scottish music.
Perennial favorite from Alasdair Fraser and Master Celtic Guitarist Tony McManus
Return to Kintail "Two of Scotland's most sublime
instrumental talents." —The
This eagerly awaited recording pairs
two of Scotland's most respected
artists - renowned fiddler Alasdair
Fraser and guitar phenomenon Tony
The project was inspired partly by the comprehensive book The Songs of Robert Burns by James C Dick, published in 1903. The author meticulously sets the historical and social context of Burns' work, and re-connects his lyrics to the melodies that Burns had intended. The published collections of Burns' day became the basis for selecting tunes for this recording.
Also available: Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume 1
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Labyrinth"Alasdair Fraser, and his trusty ensemble, have produced yet another amazing album of virtuoso music. Skyedance is a group that excels with talent, warmth and joy. They play together as if they are speaking to each other, with a combination of affection and aggression. Full of contemporary style and romanticism, they are unique and original in their approach to arrangements of original as well as traditional compositions. It is stunning to hear a group of such caliber. The recording itself is highlighted by an extreme spectral clarity and separation of instruments. It is very much as if you were sitting with the ensemble around you."
—Ben Kettlewell, Alternate Music Press
Labyrinth from the band Skyedance, whose members feature on soundtracks such as Titanic, Braveheart and Last of the Mohicans, interweaves Scottish roots with influences from around the world, threading the path of discovery with melodic, harmonic and rhythmic interplay.