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Alasdair White is well known as Battlefield Band’s virtuoso fiddle player. In these past four or five years, his musicianship and tune making have had a great influence on the bands repertoire and continuing success, and playing with Battlefield Band has given him that wider audience that his music deserves.

Alasdair comes from the Island of Lewis, one of the Gaelic speaking Outer Hebrides where music and culture remain strong daily forces. It would be easy to emphasise his youth, but in fact he is as complete a musician and composer as any of us have heard, of any age. Alasdair has been an award-winning fiddler since he emerged at age thirteen. The Scotsman praised him as a “13 year-old maestro of the Highland fiddle playing surging strathspeys and reels with maturity and expertise beyond his tender years”.

He recorded with Face The West, a band from the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, was selected to represent the Western Isles at the Millennium Dome in London, and then joined Battlefield Band at 18 years of age. He has since toured the world with the band, taking in America, Australia, Malaysia, Canada, Europe, China and Uzbekistan along the way, and released his first solo album 'An Clàr Geal' in 2006.

For those fiddle enthusiasts among you, he plays in what might be called a “North-west” Scottish style, heavily derived from the piping tradition. For those that love just good music, then Alasdair’s playing and tune making offer a privileged panorama of the exciting traditional music of Scotland today.

On An Clàr Geal, Alasdair plays fiddle and whistles and is also joined by Aaron Jones (bouzouki, bass guitar), Ewen McPherson (guitar, tromb, mandolin, banjo), Battlefield Band-mate Mike Katz (Scottish small pipes, highland pipes), Iain Copeland (percussion), Russell Hunter (piano) & Alison Kinnaird (Scottish harp)



Lori Watson teaches some essential Borders repertoire, style and technique. The music of the Borders is full of character and charm yet has remained relatively unexplored by those outwith the area. With its growing popularity and recognition as an important thread of traditiional music, here is an opportunity to discover, learn and enjoy this exceptional music.


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