Apr 26, 2014
The Celtic Music Radio Album of the Week commencing Saturday 26 April is the fourth CD album from the dazzling duo of master fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic cellist Natalie Haas called Abundance.
Alasdair Fraser is recognised as one of Scotland’s finest exponents of the fiddle, and for some time now has enjoyed an artistic collaboration with the wonderful cellist Natalie Haas.
Once again they unleash their teamwork, with driving, dancing rhythms and a shared passion for taking the infectious melodies and grooves of Scottish and Celtic music on an exciting new journey. On this album they have invited eight session musicians to join them.
The Referendum tune was composed by Alasdair for the occasion of Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond’s visit to Alasdair’s fiddle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye, and to celebrate the upcoming Scottish referendum.
Long regarded as Scotland’s premiere fiddle ambassador, as much for his warm personality as for his powerful playing, Alasdair’s concert and recording career spans over 30 years, with a lengthy list of awards and accolades.
The talented young Californian cellist Natalie Haas first met Alasdair at his Valley Of The Moon fiddle camp in California. They went on to successful international touring as one of Celtic music’s top live acts, and recordings that have been acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Abundance album features: Alasdair Fraser (fiddles, baritone fiddle, viola, kalimba) and Natalie Haas (cellos, kalimba) with special guest musicians Donald Shaw (piano, accordion), James Macintosh (percussion), Corey DiMario (bass), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), Brittany Haas (fiddle), Hanneke Cassel (piano), Stefan Amidon (percussion), Kai Welch (trumpet) and Oscar Utterström (trombone, bass trombone, euphonium).
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