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The Road North CD

The Road North: Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis

Alasdair Fraser (fiddle, viola)
Paul Machlis (grand piano & synthesizer)
Michael O'Domhnaill (guitar)
Tommy Hayes (bodhran, tarbukas, bendir, friction drum)
Glen Moore 
(string bass)

Ranging from wistful to wildly exuberant, this second album by Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis has a new cover to celebrate it's tenth year as one of the most acclaimed Celtic fiddle albums ever! Featuring original pieces and improvisations along with traditional Scottish tunes with bassist Glen Moore (Oregon), Michael O'Domhnaill, (Nightnoise) guitar, and Tommy Hayes on percussion. From the plaintive, ancient Gaelic melodies that become indelibly imprinted in memory after just one listening, to the exuberant Highland reels and jigs that nearly compel the body to dance, The Road North is a dazzling testimony to a unique blend of timeless musical heritage with creative, contemporary musicianship.

"...jazzy undercurrents and Fraser in full, graceful flight." - The Scotsman

"...will bring passionate tears to the hearts of the most hidebound traditionalists" - LA Times

"...the spirit of the Scottish people comes through Alasdair Fraser's fiddle on the Road North."Jazziz

Laughing Wolf/Mountain Madness (Fraser/Machlis) - 3:16
Traditional Gaelic Melody (Traditional) - 3:13
Tommy's Tarbukas (Fraser) - 2:32
Bennachie Sunrise/Willie's Trip to Toronto (Holland/Machlis) - 6:03
Slow Train (Machlis) - 5:43
Invercassley Falls/Trip to Ballyshannon (Fraser/Machlis) - 4:54
Calliope House/The Cowboy Jig (Richardson/Traditional) - 4:03
Bovaglie's Plaid (Skinner/Traditional) - 3:55
The Banks of Spey/Brenda Stubbert's Reel (Holland/Marshall/Traditional) - 3:55
The Road North (Fraser) - 4:14


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