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Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser is one of Scotland's most influential tradition-rooted fiddlers. A two-time winner of the open competition of the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, Fraser continues to expand the musical traditions of his homeland with his expressive and virtuosic playing. In addition to performing more than 50 times on BBC radio and television shows (and, in the U.S., on A Prairie Home Companion), Fraser has been featured on the soundtracks of such films as Titanic, Braveheart, The Spitfire Grill and The Last of the Mohicans. Fraser's 1996 album, Dawn Dance, which represented his first all-original recording, received a NAIRD award as best Celtic album of the year. The album's success inspired Fraser to form a band, Skyedance, with the musicians featured on the album. The group includes Eric Rigler (a veteran of concerts and/or recordings with Paul McCartney, Rod Stewart and Michael Oldfield on Scottish and Irish bagpipes, Chris Norman (a member of the early music ensemble The Baltimore Consort and a founding member of the international trio Helicon) on wooden flute, Peter Maund (a founder of the medieval and renaissance music group the Ensemble Alcatraz and the president of the San Francisco Early Music Society) on percussion, Mick Linden (known for his adapting R&B and African rhythms to the bagpipes) on standup bass, and long-time Fraser collaborator Paul Machlis on piano and keyboards. Fraser and Skyedance released their first album as a band, Way Out to Hope Street, in 1997. The album included 13 group composed instrumentals and a reworking of a medley of traditional dance tunes that Fraser and Machlin recorded in 1986. Fraser has appeared as a guest during concerts by Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Waterboys. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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annetryba
One of my absolute favorites. Brilliant.
Awesome rythm! It flows so smooth. Celtic is the only music that helps me calp down after a hard long day. Thank you Pandora for this station.
dianadyermsr d
Could listen all day to Alasdair Frasier
very good
Such a distinctive style - his own unique voice, if you will. . .always recognizable ; always, always superb!
Brings me back 2 my roots love it
Well, to the dorks on here, don't let the door hit you in the tush. I'm with Andrea. Can't be grumpy when your dance'in all day can you darlin. DMB
So uplifting .. This makes you want to get up and dance all day
dianadyermsr d
Oh my, hearing this tune just brought me back from another world (in the middle of writing a book proposal) to my roots, my home. Thank you Alisdair, and thank you Pandora.
Lovely Celtic spirit. They weave harmonic threads together beautifully.
Very nice, not traditional but nice to listen to. I really liked the pipework on this piece, very subtle
please delete this artist and similar artists
blaba39
wonderful talent and is able to mesh his music with many different instruments.
very beautiful and moving
robotsam
I'm afraid that I must respectfully disagree - I find his music quite musical.
rn52
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