OSAS Fiddle Class 2022

All Students are expected to bring their own instrument.

Playing pipe tunes on the fiddle

Alasdair says he often get asked about playing pipe tunes. He played the pipes when he was younger and he’s spent his career playing with pipers and interpreting the pipe music he loves on the fiddle.

In this class, you’ll cover some classic pipe tunes from the Hebrides and how to interpret them in a way that sounds both natural on the fiddle and is faithful to the piping tradition. If you haven’t played highland pipe music before, or even if you don’t have a specific interest in this area, fear not! There will be plenty of techniques that can be applied to many other fiddle styles too.

It often pays to be specific, so in addition to repertoire, lessons will address elements such as sharpening up your left hand ornaments, making your bowing stylistic, or maybe getting your fluidity back in faster tunes after a year in lockdown, depending on the wishes of the class.

All classes will be accompanied by recorded and annotated written materials.

About our 2022 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’.
Please Note:  Instructor(s) are subject to change based on enrollment