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Portrait of a Fiddler: Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser (fiddle)
Bobby Brown (accordion, piano)
Kathy Fraser (piano)
John Allan Cameron (guitar)
Paul Langley (bass)
Fred Collins (drums)

Laura Nashman (flute)
Erica Goodman (harp)

For his first album Alasdair selected some of his favourite gems among the rich fiddling repertoire of Scotland.  Many of the tunes have long been a part of the tradition, others are more recently composed.  It reveals the depth and variety of Scotland's musical traditions as well as the virtuosity, charm and extraordinary versatility of one of its finest exponents.

Portrait of a Scottish fiddler was recorded in 1984 and re-released on CD in 1996.
1
Sands of Murness (F. Jamison)   *  Auld Willie Hunter (Ronnie Cooper)
Strathspey and reel.
2
The Acrobat  *  The Shelburne Reel (A "King" Ganam)
Hornpipe and reel.
3
Tog Orm mo Phiob (Patrick Mor MacCrimmon)  *  Braigh Loch Iall (C Laing)  *  Miss Brady
Lament, air and reel.
4
Mrs E. M. Ross's Welcome to Kiltarlity Cottage (James Scott Skinner)  *  The Kirrie Kebbuck (James Scott Skinner)   *  Culburnie Cottage (Alasdair Fraser)
March, strathspey and reel.
5
The Weeping Birches of Kilmorack (James Scott Skinner)
Slow air.
6
Miss MacPherson Grant (William Marshall)  *  Loch of Lumgair (C Sherritt)
Jigs.
7
MacCrimmon's Lament (Donald Ban MacCrimmon)
Lament.
8
Miss Wharton Duff (William Marshall)
Marching air.
9
J. F. Dickie's Delight (James Murdoch Henderson)  *  J. F. Dickie's Reel (James Murdoch Henderson)
Slow strathspey and reel.
10
Allan's Reel (W Acheson)  *  Fiddler's Whim  *   Kiley's Reel
Reels and jig.
11
The Nameless Lassie
Slow air.
12
The Braes of Castle Grant (D MacDonald)  *  Captain Horne  *  The Apple Tree
March, strathspey and reel.
13
Down the Vale (F L Moir)
Pastoral air.
14
The Mathematician (James Scott Skinner)  *  Sir David Davison of Cantray (J Lowe)
Hornpipe and reel.
  All tunes traditional except where credited.
Production and arrangements by Bobby Brown.


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