2017 Fiddle Class

All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.

In this class we’ll be looking at different types of tunes from the Highlands and North West coast of Scotland in the main and the stylistic means to play them, focusing on grace notes and articulation to give your playing authenticity and swing.

Particular attention will be paid to tunes and idioms from Gaelic ‘puirt a’ beul’ music and the piping tradition, music perhaps seldom heard very widely. We’ll also talk about the background of the tunes and discuss the regional musical styles of Scotland.

Teaching will be primarily by ear but sheet music for the tunes covered will be provided, where possible, during classes. All sheet music will be provided by the end of the camp.

The reason for this distinction is that it will allow us greater flexibility within the class. If we’re enjoying a particular type of tune we can maybe look at another similar one, for example, rather than sticking to prepared tunes the whole time.

It will be very useful for you to have some kind of audio recorder (be it on your phone or a dictaphone) for future reference.


About our 2018 Fiddle Instructor

Alasdair White is an exceptional exponent of West-coast Scottish music and is widely regarded as one of the foremost Scottish fiddler players of his generation.

He was born and brought up on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, a chain of islands of singular importance to Gaelic Scotland’s musical heritage and is perhaps best known as having been a member of Scotland’s seminal Battlefield Band for over 16 years, touring extensively in that time throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.
Now resident in New York, Alasdair has performed and recorded as a guest with many of the most well known names in Scottish, Irish and Breton traditional music including Kathleen MacInnis, Julie Fowlis, Eddie Reader, Allan MacDonald, Manus Lunny, Nuala Kennedy, and Arnaud Ciapolino. Current ongoing projects  include Daimh, the Alan Kelly Gang and of course Battlefield Band. Alasdair also recently premiered a major commission at the Hebridean Celtic festival in Stornoway, an hour long original piece entitled ‘an Iuchair’.