October 7 , 2002

Alasdair Fraser on Tour...see schedule below

News: Here we go careering into the fall/winter months after another wild and crazy summer. Coming right up is a tour of the Northwest US with Paul Machlis. We'll be celebrating the material from our Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume One CD as well as a few other tunes from our various musical journeys over the years. Please note a couple of changes for this tour: the Sonora concert scheduled for OCT 18, 2002 has been moved to May 16, 2003. This enables us to have a fine old shindig at the Wallace Arms in Antioch, CA OCT 18. I will still be playing the Sonora Christmas Festival as scheduled at the end of November. The Eugene, OR concert, previously scheduled at Beal Hall, is now at the wonderful new venue The Shedd.

Something else to note for those of you who want to keep the new year celebrations going 'till well after Burns' birthday is the Alasdair Fraser School of Fiddle and Dance to be held at the prestigious Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland (where else?) in January 2003. Joining me to teach and explore for five days will be Aiden O'Rourke (fiddle), Clare Maclaughlin(fiddle), Karen Steven(fiddle), Natalie Haas(cello), David Milligan(piano), Mats Melin(dance) and others to be announced. A great opportunity to be present at the heart of the tenth anniversary year of this wonderful festival. Hope to see you there if not on the road beforehand......

Here's a little more information on this unusual and exciting event coming up next month. I first saw Lee Stetson perform as John Muir in Yosemite Valley in the mid eighties and enjoyed the man and the play immensely. A few years later I wrote my Lament for Hetch Hetchy for the beautiful valley of that name. Please go to Restore Hetch Hetchy for more information on this event.


Alasdair Fraser & Lee Stetson
Saturday, November 2, 2002
Angelico Hall, Dominican University, San Rafael, California

Acclaimed actor Lee Stetson depicts John Muir's last dramatic battle to preserve the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Valley, part of Yosemite National Park, but threatened by San Francisco's desire to construct a dam there, drowning it hundreds of feet deep. Audience members are his guests as they await final word of the Hetch Hetchy's fate from Washington decision-makers. While waiting, Muir' righteous anger at the 'temple destroyers' is tempered by his hearty good humor, and his relating of a number of his most extraordinary wilderness adventures. This program is a fine introduction to both Muir the man, his profound love of wildness, and his despair over the loss of Hetch Hetchy Valley.

Doors open at 6 PM, program begins at 7 PM.
Buy Tickets Online: $30 General Admission | $50 Priority Seating | $75 Rear Orchestra Seating | $100 Orchestra Seating
Or send a check payable to Restore Hetch Hetchy to:
Restore Hetch Hetchy Membership Office
926 J Street, Suite 612
Sacramento, CA 95814.


Oct 5


Felton, CA, Loch Lomond Highland Games, 831-457-6716

Oct 10


Portland, OR, The Old Church, with Paul Machlis, 530-477-0708

Oct 11


Redmond, OR, Redmond Community Church, with Paul Machlis, 530-477-0708

Oct 12


Ashland, OR, Rogue Valley Unitarian Fellowship, with Paul Machlis, 541-535-3562

Oct 13


Eugene, OR, The Shedd, with Paul Machlis, 800-248-1615

Oct 14


Port Townsend, WA, First Presbyterian Church, with Paul Machlis, 360-379-4905

Oct 15


Olympia, WA, United Churches, with Paul Machlis, Concert and Workshop, 360-357-7441

Oct 16


Seattle, WA, Tractor Tavern, with Paul Machlis, 206-789-3599

Oct 17


Fresno, CA, The Fresno Art Museum - Bonner Auditorium, with Paul Machlis, 559-431-3653

Oct 18


Antioch, CA, The Wallace Arms, with Paul Machlis, 209-532-2787

Oct 19


Auburn, CA, Placer High School Auditorium with Paul Machlis, 530-477-0708

Oct 20--

Oct 21

Chico, CA, Laxson Auditorium at CSU, with Paul Machlis, 530-898-6333

Nov 2


San Rafael, CA, Dominican College, with Lee Stetson

Nov 9--

Nov 10

Auburn, CA, Auburn Christmas Festival, 209-533-3473

Nov 30--

Dec 1

Sonora, CA, Sonora Christmas Festival, 209-533-3473

 2003 (more details will be announced in the next newsletter)

Jan 18--

Jan 26

Glasgow, SCOTLAND, Celtic Connections, various concerts - watch this space! 0141 353 8000

Jan 20--

Jan 24

Glasgow, SCOTLAND, Celtic Connections, Alasdair Fraser School of Fiddle & Dance, 0141 353 8000 from UK, 011 44 141 353 8000 from US. Call now to reserve your place at the hub of this incredible Festival!

Apr 4


Ogden, UT, Peery's Egyptian Theater, 801-395-3227

You will soon be able to hear Alasdair fiddling on Disney's animated feature film Treasure Planet, due out thanksgiving weekend in November 2002! He'll be playing one of his own tunes, "Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell" as well as pieces in the beautiful sound track by James Newton Howard.

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