Alasdair Fraser is one of the greatest exponents of the Scottish fiddle music tradition. His warmly expressive playing, instrumental mastery and deep understanding of his native music as a venerable and continually evolving art is an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. This master fiddler from the Scottish Lowlands plays a major role on the world stage as a both a performer and proponent of the traditional arts.
While Fraser treasures an experimental spirit and an extensive web of artistic collaborations, he’s also an exacting master who draws inspiration from the tensions inherent in the Scottish fiddle tradition. A body of tunes played on bagpipes blossomed when an infusion of Italian culture in 18th-century Edinburgh led to a violinistic, almost chamber-music approach to folkloric melodies. At the same time, fiddlers evoked the tradition’s ancient, wild roots as ecstatic dance music for communal celebrations.
He has appeared live with The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Itzhak Perlman and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on innumerable broadcasts including A Prairie Home Companion and CBS TV’s Kennedy Center Honors and on film soundtracks including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. A performer, educator and cultural activist, Fraser has nurtured several generations of string players, but his influence extends far beyond the bandstand. In kindling a revival of traditional music at home, he’s provided a rousing score for Scotland’s rediscovery of itself.
The Folk Project is honored to present this world-renowned, top class, honored talent. We welcome Alasdair Fraser to The Acoustic Stayaway and invite you all to join us.