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Alasdair Fraser

Alasdair Fraser
Background information
Born May 14, 1955 (1955-05-14) (age 54)
Origin Clackmannan, Scotland
Genres Scottish fiddle
Instruments Fiddle
Labels Culburnie
Associated acts Skyedance

Alasdair Fraser (born 14 May, 1955, Clackmannan, Scotland) is a Scottish fiddler.

Fraser operates Culburnie Records, and is also one of the leading artists featured on the label. He has founded three summer fiddling programs - the Valley of the Moon fiddle camp in California (founded in 1984), a week-long course on the Isle of Skye (founded in 1987) and the more recent Sierra Fiddle Camp in California (founded in 2006). Adept in various Scottish idioms, in recent years, with cellist Natalie Haas, he has helped to reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello ("wee fiddle" and "big fiddle").

Fraser lives in northern California with his wife and two sons.



  • In the Moment with Natalie Haas, (Cello) - released 2007
  • Fire and Grace with Natalie Haas, (Cello) - released 2004 (winner, Scots Trad Album of the Year)
  • Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 2 with Muriel Johnstone (Piano) and Natalie Haas (Cello) - released 2004
  • Live in Spain with Skyedance Band - released 2002
  • Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol 1 with Paul Machlis (Piano) and Natalie Haas (Cello) - released 2002
  • Labyrinth with Skyedance Band - released 2000
  • Return to Kintail with Tony McManus (Guitar) - released 1999
  • Way Out to Hope Street with Skyedance Band - released 1997
  • Dawn Dance - Solo album - released 1996
  • The Driven Bow with Jody Stecher (Guitar) - released 1989
  • The Road North with Paul Machlis (Keyboards, Piano) - released 1987
  • Skyedance with Paul Machlis (Keyboards, Piano) - released 1985
  • Portrait of a Scottish Fiddler - Solo album -released 1982

Compilation appearances

  • The Narada Wilderness Collection
  • Celtic Odyssey (Narada)
  • Celtic Dance (Narada)
  • The Narada Nutcracker
  • Treasure Planet soundtrack (featured soloist, co-composer on "Silver Leaves" (contains "Alasdair Fraser's Compliments to Lorna Mitchell"))

External links


Michael Simmons. "Alasdair Fraser: Scotland's Ambassador of Fiddling", Fiddler Magazine (Fall 2002), online issue

Treasure Planet film credits at the Big Cartoon Database, [3]



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