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CANCELLED Alasdair Fraser and “The Groove is Not Trivial” at the 2020 Young Tradition Festival

27 April 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BCA Center

This concert and film showing is a part of Young Tradition Festival (April 27-May 3), and is one of 5 early evening acoustic concerts (no sound system) at the BCA Center in Burlington.

After each concert starting at 8pm there will a Festival Club at Half Lounge, across the street from BCA Center, featuring the 2020 Festival Host Band Spintuition.

Alasdair Fraser is one of the greatest carriers of the Scottish fiddle music tradition, a fiddler whose warmly expressive playing, mastery of his instrument and deep understanding of his native music as a venerable and continually evolving art is an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

Alasdair was born in Clackmannan on May 14, 1955 and began taking classical violin lessons at the age of eight, enduring much teasing and leg-pulling from fellow school pupils at a time when carrying a fiddle case around was considered far from cool. In his teens Alasdair played with dance bands and began gathering the compositions of great fiddling forebears including Niel and Nathaniel Gow, William Marshall and James Scott Skinner into a repertoire that is now vast. Twice winner of the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, he also began to notice the connection between speech patterns and musical expression, especially among Gaels and the Doric speaking players in the north-east, and incorporated this into his fiddle style.

Alasdair passes on his passion and skills through programmes such as the Valley of the Moon fiddle camp in the Californian Redwoods, which he founded in 1984 and still directs, the fiddle course that he’s run on the Isle of Skye since 1987, and the more recently established Sierra Fiddle Camp, near his home in California.

As a fiddler equally capable of playing haunting Gaelic airs and rumbustious dance tunes and improvising endless variations on traditional themes, Alasdair has worked in a variety of successful partnerships, including his duos with pianist Paul Machlis and guitarist Tony McManus and his acclaimed band Skyedance. He has guested with The Chieftains, The Waterboys, Itzhak Perlman and Los Angeles Master Chorale, appeared on innumerable broadcasts including A Prairie Home Companion and CBS TV’s Kennedy Center Honors and performed on film soundtracks including The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. His compositions have featured in works by the Richmond (Virginia) Ballet and Shiftworks Dance Ensemble and his commissions include Fettercairn Suite.

Since 2003 Alasdair has featured in a duo with cellist Natalie Haas, restoring the wee fiddle and big fiddle partnership that flourished in eighteenth century Scotland to contemporary prominence at the cutting edge of tradition-rooted creativity. Their debut album, Fire and Grace, was voted Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.

Other festival events include school and hospital programs during the week, the annual contest finals (with guest sets by Spintuition and other TBA performers) (11am to 3pm) and the mentor/student showcase (6pm) on May 2nd at City Hall.

Tickets for the evening concerts will be available soon at through Seven Days Ticketing. Limited seating for all evening concerts-purchase your tickets early!

Admission to the contest finals, the mentor-student showcase are by suggested donation (no advance tickets). Questions or additional info about the festival from mark.sustic@gmail.com