June 6, 2002

Hello!  June is jumping...

This week finds Alasdair Fraser in Texas, appearing this Thursday, June 6, at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, and making his annual appearance at the Texas Scottish Festival in Arlington at the weekend (June 7-9).  Alasdair will be accompanied by Natalie Haas on cello on this trip, and during several concert and festival appearances over the summer. (See schedule below.)

Alasdair, Natalie and renowned Scottish dance pianist Muriel Johnstone have just completed recording the music for the second CD in our Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle series.  The trio blends gorgeously on renditions of 18th century Scottish music, featuring dance tunes to which Robert Burns wrote lyrics, and other melodies popular during Burns' day.  Look for the release of Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Volume Two this fall!

Our latest release, Skyedance Live in Spain, now also available from Scotland's Greentrax label, continues to attract critical acclaim.  

Just in from BBC Radio:

Skyedance alone are a formidable proposition; add heavyweight Spanish guests in the form of Asturian piper José Manuel Tejedor, Galician singer Mercedes Peón, Basque accordionist Kepa Junkera, Latin Grammy nominee Hevia (midi bagpipes), Joxan Goikoetxea (accordion), Mikel Laboa (vocals) and Oreka TX (txalaparta) and the result is out of this world. This album is the result of a nine-year, two-way love affair between violinist Alasdair Fraser and the country of Spain culminating in a series of three live concerts in October 2000, and every note of it celebrates a musical marriage made in heaven.

The keyword is passion: instruments, voices, words, spirit. From start to finish superb musicianship, powerful emotional complexity, exuberance. The recording is dedicated to inter-cultural collaboration and it's that at its best. Standout tracks in a standout album: Mercedes Peon's heart-stoppingly beautiful Marabilla; Stoney Run in which Eric Rigler's pipes, the Basque txalaparta (a wooden instrument played by two people with mallets) and Peter Maund's percussion run a Celtic-jazz riot with fiddle, flute and bass; Paul Machlis' Basque-flavoured Donostia, opening with the strange, magical sound of duetting Asturian and Uilleann pipes; Alasdair Fraser's rich, majestic, soaring Theme For Scotland; Cries And Shrieks Of Woe, a wooden flute solo from Chris Norman; The Spark, a mad romp from the full weight of Skyedance with Hevia's Asturian pipes and Joxan Goikoetxea's accordion...it's hard to stop.

The 8+ minute finale gives full rein to uproarious high-energy party-pieces. And the production is superb - you can't better the combination of a storming live performance with an excellent mix from the desk. The explosion of superlatives in this review is unavoidable. I've started measuring albums in levels of Grin Factor lately. This one is off the scale.

Review by  Mel McClellan, May 2002

Alasdair Fraser's Schedule
Information is current as of 06/01/02. We recommend contacting the information number provided or Culburnie Records to confirm details. Performances are concerts unless otherwise noted.

2002

6/6

   

Texas

Austin

Cactus Cafe

with Natalie Haas

512-475-6515

6/7

-

6/9

Texas

Arlington

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games

Scottish Festival

817-654-2293

6/14

   

California

Nevada City

Music in the Mountains

with Natalie Haas

530-265-6124

7/5

   

North Carolina

West Jefferson

Christmas in July

with Natalie Haas

336-246-5855

7/6

   

North Carolina

Asheville

Diana Wortham Theater

with Natalie Haas

828-298-7928

7/18

-

7/21

California

Grass Valley

California World Music Festival

with Natalie Haas

530-891-4081

7/29

-

8/3

SCOTLAND

Isle Of Skye

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Fiddle Course

01-471-888000

8/6

   

FRANCE

Lorient

Festival Interceltique

with Natalie Haas

(33) 2 97 21 24 29

8/6

   

FRANCE

Lorient

Festival Interceltique

Fiddle Workshop

(33) 2 97 21 24 29

8/8

   

FRANCE

Lorient

Festival Interceltique

Mark Sheridan fiddle concerto with Natalie Haas

(33) 2 97 21 24 29

8/15

   

California

Culver City

City Hall Courtyard

with Natalie Haas

310-398-2583

8/16

   

California

Redlands

Redlands Bowl

with Natalie Haas

909-793-7316

8/22

   

California

Berkeley

Celtic Fiddle Summit

with Ellika Frisell, Christine Primrose, et al

510-548-1761

8/23

-

8/31

California

Boulder Creek

Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School

 

415-566-4355

8/30

   

California

Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium

Valley of the Moon 19th Annual Concert

831-420-5260

9/1

   

California

Pleasanton

Pleasanton Scottish Games

Scottish Festival

800-713-3160

9/13

-

9/15

New Hampshire

Lincoln

New Hampshire Highland Games

Scottish Festival

800-358-7268

9/27

-

9/29

California

Sebastopol

Sebastopol Celtic Festival

 

707-829-7067

10/18

   

California

Sonora

Sonora Opera House

with Paul Machlis

209-532-2787

10/20

-

10/21

California

Chico

Laxson Auditorium at CSU

with Paul Machlis

530-898-6333

11/2

   

California

San Rafael

Dominican College

with Lee Stetson

 

11/16

-

11/17

California

Auburn

Auburn Christmas Festival

 

209-533-3473

11/30

-

12/1

California

Sonora

Sonora Christmas Festival

 

209-533-3473

     

2003

       

1/18

   

SCOTLAND

Glasgow

Celtic Connections

Music from the Musical Ark

0141 353 8000

1/20

-

1/24

SCOTLAND

Glasgow

Celtic Connections

Alasdair Fraser Fiddle School

0141 353 8000

4/4

   

Utah

Ogden

Peery's Egyptian Theater

 

801-395-3227


THANKS for your support!  Hope to see you this summer!

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