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Legacy Of The Scottish Fiddle, Volume One

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Miss Dumbreck/Miss Cameron Of Balvenie/Clydeside Lassies
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The Auld Brig O' Don
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The Beauty Of The North (Mais' An Taobh Tuath)
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Madame Neruda
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Chapel Keithak/Belmont
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Earl Haig
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Earl Grey/The Left Handed Fiddler
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Rose-Acre
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Craigellachie Brig/Largo's Fairy Dance
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The Ancient Barons Of Kilravock (Barain Chulrabhaig)
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Mrs. McPherson Of Gibton/The Novelty (Nuaghalachd)
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Lady Charlotte Campbell's New Strathspey/Lady Charlotte Campbell's Reel
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Miss Hannah Of Elgin/Sir George Clark Of Penicuik/Major L. Stewart Of The Islan
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Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite
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The Rose-Bud Of Allenvale
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Seann Triubhais Uilleachain (Willie's Auld Trews)
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Da Forfeit O' Da Ship/Da Grocer/Jack Is Yet Alive
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Mr. A. G. Wilken's Favourite/Jennie Hardie's Reel
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Mrs. Major L. Stewart Of The Island Of Java
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The Iron Man/The Smith's A Gallant Fireman/The Forth Bridge Reel/Gillan's Reel/
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Niel Gow's Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 21   Total Length: 59:42

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There’s a huge legacy of Scottish material for the fiddle, and its melodies are vastly different from the Irish. Who better to explore it than Alasdair Fraser, who’s not only a virtuoso on the instrument, but whose love of the music is apparent in every note he plays? In pianist Paul Machlis he has a very sympathetic companion — a man who can not only play the ceilidh style, but who can offer some sophisticated, but never overly so, fingerings behind the fiddle. Add in a bass and cello on some selections (like the beautiful harmony between cello and fiddle on “Chapel Keithack/Belmont,” for example) and you have a record that’s close to perfect. Fraser’s technique is impeccable, allowing him to attempt anything from a moving slow air to the almost impossible “Madame Neruda,” which he manages without even seeming to break a sweat. There’s beauty all through this record, not only in the playing, but also in the choice of material from many different composers, and Fraser touches on virtually every aspect of Scots fiddle music, including the wonderful strathspey of “Lady Charlotte Campbell’s New Strathspey,” which transforms into “Lady Charlotte Campbell’s Reel,” the notes cascading out like a fountain. Machlis works so well that often the listener barely realizes he’s the sign of the perfect accompanist, while he still keeps time and glorious underpinning on “Da Forfeit O’ Da Ship/Da Grocer/Jack Is Yet Alive.” As fine an album of Scottish traditional music as you’re going to find, performed with panache and high style. – Chris Nickson

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