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Scots Fiddle Festival 2015 October Press Release


Free Come and try Fiddle Session at Fiddle 2015

Saturday and Sunday 1:00pm - 2:00pm at Fiddle 2015
Pick up the fiddle for the first time and try some simple techniques and notes.

©2011 Ros Gasson,

Bottle Bank Band

Friday Night's Concert: Bottle Bank Band

Bottle Bank Band brings together the talents of four Tyneside fiddlers: Sophy Ball, Chloe Jones, David Jones and Stewart Hardy. The band takes its name from the one-time residence of Tyneside’s most famous fiddling son, James Hill. Their repertoire is firmly rooted in but by no means limited to the North East of England - a region which enjoys a centuries old tradition of fiddle playing. Individually the members of Bottle Bank Band have all established reputations as outstanding musicians. In this combination, they create an exciting and exhilarating musical landscape: the glorious sound of four fiddles, rich in harmony and captivating arrangements and underpinned by an instinctive understanding of traditional playing.


Friday Night's Concert: Habedekuk

Powerful horns, toe-tapping fiddle and contagious rhythms characterise Habadekuk – one of Denmark’s leading folk bands, guaranteed to get you on the dance floor.

With a vibrant mix of folk, rock, salsa and big band jazz, the lively eight-man band catapults old folk melodies into the 21st century. Expect everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes and rough n’ ready sailor songs in an unforgettable live experience.

Their debut album “Hopsadaddy” was awarded Album of the Year at Danish Music Awards 2011 (Danish Grammys). Habadekuk released their latest album “Kaffepunch” during summer 2014. The album won Folk Album of the Year at DMA Folk 2014, and the band also received the prestigious Tradition Award for a second time.

Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson

Saturday Night's Concert: Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson

Multi-instrumentalists Iain & Ingrid create a sound which reflects their Lochaber origins. They combine marches, jigs and reels with slow airs and Gaelic songs of love and loss, giving unique insights into West Highland culture. Iain MacFarlane has always been immersed in Highland music learning bagpipes and fiddle from his father Charlie, fiddler Donald Riddell and Pipe Major Evan MacRae. In addition to preforming with Blazin’ Fiddles, Iain has collaborated with musicians including Phil Cunningham and Iain MacDonald.

Ingrid Henderson's ancestors were originally pipers to the MacDonald’s of Glencoe. Playing clàrsach, she received the Radio 2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year award aged just thirteen and is now one of the finest instrumentalists in Scotland. She is principal clàrsach tutor at Plockton and lectures at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

The Wrigley Sisters

Saturday Night's Concert: The Wrigley Sisters

Combining mastery with mischief, and tradition with modernity, twin sisters Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley are the multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed fiddle and guitar duo from the Orkney Islands. Their playing is a blend of traditional, contemporary and original material, with jazz, blues and ragtime flavours. Like an Orkney sunrise, the duo are bursting with light, colour and dizzying energy while reflecting a confidence and maturity honed from years of touring and playing. The sisters began performing together - Jennifer on fiddle and Hazel on piano and guitar – when they were 8. Their universal audience appeal shows both the calibre of their music and the charm of their performances. They have won both national and international awards, with Jennifer herself a past winner of the BBC Young Tradition Award.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

Sunday Night's Concert: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’ comprise three master fiddle players from three different and very distinctive Nordic countries/regions. Kevin Henderson (Fiddlers’ Bid, Boys of the Lough’ and ‘Session A9) hails from Shetland; Olav Luksengard Mjelva is an award winning fiddle player from Norway and Anders Hall is an acclaimed exponent of the Swedish fiddle tradition.

Combined as ‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’ they skilfully weave the many components of their three musical cultures and traditions together in a hugely atmospheric and dynamic fashion, all laced through with liberal helpings of humour for good measure.

Any lover of great quality fiddle playing should not miss ‘The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc’ in concert.

"This trio are endlessly varied, powerful and beautiful.....a shimmering display of accurately pitched, highly skilled musical accomplishment" (The Scotsman)

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