Saturday Recitals, Summerhall Dissection Room

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12-12:50 p.m.: Archie McAllister

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Playing the fiddle for over 30 years, Archie has played with many top musicians like Ross Kennedy and The Jura Ceilidh Band, and produced his own acclaimed album ‘Fiddlers Rock’. 2004 saw him nominated for best musician at the annual Trad awards. Presently he plays with his own band as well as Kinloch Ceilidh band and also as a session musician with the likes of Skipinnish. He now passes on his skills and knowledge through teaching youngsters and continues with radio and TV work.


1-1:50 p.m: Mairi Thérèse Gilfedder

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From South Uist, Mairi Thérèse was immersed in local Gaelic song and piping traditions from very young before taking up the fiddle. Part of the young fiddle group Flying Fiddles, she then studied music at Glasgow Uni. Today’s recital features a blend of old and new, Gaelic Airs as well as some of Mairi Thérèse’s own compositions. She’s joined by Pablo Lafuente on guitar and Alistair Iain Paterson on piano and harmonium.


2-2:50 p.m: OBT

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OBT is comprised of Tom Oakes, Jon Bews and Daniel Thorpe who came together in 2016 to explore Scottish, Irish and English traditional music alongside contemporary arrangement ideas resonating in the sphere of world music. Lush strings, driving rhythms and intricate melodies playing on fiddle, Nylon String ‘Alto’ guitar and Wooden Flute, OBT bring a wide range of experience. Dan and Jon are both experts in Scottish traditional dance music and Jon is frequently in demand in the contemporary music scene playing with James Yorkston and the Last Battle. Tom comes from the Irish music world but also composes everything from electronic soundscapes to string quintets and theatre scores.


3-3:50 p.m: Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach

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Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach’s music is as much based on self-penned material as it is informed by their native musical traditions. Their collective voice, captivating fiddle supported by sensitive piano, is the product of hundreds of gigs and innumerable hours playing together. From a mellow base, the music rises and falls, slowly building to moments of intensity, breaking away into powerful improvisation. Their album “Waves Rise from Quiet Water” captures this essential fiddle/piano combination with a number of instrumental additions.


4-4:50 p.m.: Carly Blain

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Carly from Kelso, graduated from Newcastle University with a Folk and Traditional Music Degree. She’s performed widely from Kazakhstan to Borneo among many others, with the bands Real Time and Monster Ceilidh Band, and duos with Graeme Armstrong. She uses her own compositions for teaching and on her CDs. Musical director of award winning Stocksfield Stompers folk band, Carly released a book of her compositions which will be performed today with Harris Playfair on piano.


Sunday Recitals, Summerhall Dissection Room


12-12:50 p.m.: RCS Junior Conservatoire

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The RCS Junior Conservatoire Traditional Ensemble is created by young traditional musicians aged 11 – 18 years old. They hail from all corners of Scotland from Benbecula to Dumfries, and from Aberdeen to Glasgow. Led by renowned fiddler Lauren MacColl, they rehearse weekly at the RCS from September to June. The students create their own arrangements of tunes, as well as working with pieces arranged by tutors and leading names in Scottish traditional music.


1-1:50 p.m.: Fika Collective

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Fika Collective are a new group of fiddlers sharing a passion for Scottish & Nordic folk and other unusual world music. Choosing their tunes around stories with distinct visual imagery, they’ve played together in different combinations for many years. Lachlan Green is from Canberra and has performed as a Hardanger fiddler in Australia, Scandinavia and the UK. Libby McGugan is from Glasgow, studied at UHI, and is a trad session addict, co-running Nordic sessions with Lachlan. Fiddler, bouzouki player and singer Malcolm Bushby is from Tasmania with Scottish roots who also studied at UHI and Sally Simpson from Portobello, studied at The National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music as well as in Stockholm.


2-2:50 p.m.: Pete Clark and Muriel Johnstone

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Pete Clark lives in highland Perthshire and plays regularly throughout Scotland and beyond. His most frequent musical companions are Muriel Johnstone (piano), Gregor Lowrey (accordion) and Ron Shaw (cello). He features in the 4-piece line up, “Auld Hat, New Heids” featuring singing brothers Fraser and Ian Bruce.

Pianist extraordinaire and prolific composer, Muriel Johnstone is highly acclaimed in the world of Scottish country dancing. Starting piano lessons aged 7, she obtained a B(Mus) degree from Edinburgh Uni and teaching qualification from Moray House. Although classically trained, she always found the pull of traditional music irresistible, and has played and taught for Scottish country dance all over the world, working with Angus Fitchet and Alasdair Fraser among others.


3-3:50 p.m.: Sally Simpson and Catriona Hawksworth

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Sally and Catriona form a striking and dynamic fiddle and piano duo playing repertoire from the Scottish traditions alongside new compositions. Their music is influenced by Scottish music whilst also incorporating elements of traditions from further afield. Their sound is intimate and personal, focusing on the link between the two musicians, making full use of dynamics and textures, while respecting the traditions from which their music is taken.


4-4:50 p.m.: Amy Geddes

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Musician & educator Amy Geddes grew up in Galloway and is widely recognised as a leading light in the world of contemporary Scottish Fiddle. She is an inspirational tutor and Fiddle 2017 sees the launch of her first book Fyne Fiddles Volume 1, a suite of lessons available also online and on CD. Amy has recorded 3 solo fiddle CDs but her most recent release, Redwood Mountain, highlights her combined vocal & instrumental skills in a reimagining of old American folk songs.


SATURDAY 18TH NOVSaturday Day Ticket

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ARCHIE MCALLISTERSH DISSECTION ROOM12.00 - 12.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
MAIRI THERESE GILFEDDERSH DISSECTION ROOM1.00 - 1.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
SH DISSECTION ROOM2.00 -2.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
SH DISSECTION ROOM3.00 - 3.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
Accompanied by
Harris Playfair
SH DISSECTION ROOM4.00 - 4.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
SUNDAY 19TH NOVSunday Day Ticket

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FIKA COLLECTIVESH DISSECTION ROOM1.00 - 1.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket
AMY GEDDESSH DISSECTION ROOM4.00 - 4.50pmDay Ticket / Festival Ticket