In 1998, Bruce MacGregor assembled a selection of Highland and island fiddlers, spotlighting distinctive regional styles, for a one-off two-week tour, named to reflect the fiery young talents involved.
Twenty years on, Blazin’ Fiddles rank securely among Scotland’s foremost folk acts, sought-after headliners across the Celtic scene. Today’s line-up - MacGregor, still, with Jenna Reid, Rua Macmillan, Kristan Harvey, Anna Massie and Angus Lyon – retains the founding format of multiple frontline fiddles, plus powerhouse piano and guitar, and their signature incandescence. Featuring ex-Blazers Duncan Chisholm, Aidan O’Rourke, Catriona Macdonald, Iain MacFarlane, Allan Henderson, Marc Clement and Andy Thorburn, tonight’s anniversary celebrations, also toasting new ninth album The Key - promise a truly spectacular conflagration.
On their new release California Calling, Berklee-schooled singer-songwriter and fiddler Laura Cortese, with all-gal cohorts The Dance Cards, stirs up bewitching sweet/sharp concoctions of Americana, retro-pop and chamber-folk flavours, blending string-quartet instrumentation and spine-tingling swathes of harmony.