New face among the fiddles
This article is from 2009.
Blazin’ Fiddles first appeared on the Scottish folk scene for a series of concerts at the old Highland Festival a decade ago. They were supposedly only getting together as a one-off project, but proved such a success that they became a fixture. Duncan Chisholm left the original line-up early on, but the band otherwise remained remarkably stable given how busy they all are.
Earlier this year they announced their first major personnel changes in over a decade. Fiddler Aidan O’Rourke decided to step down in order to concentrate on his other main project, the increasingly in-demand Lau, and guitarist Marc Clement also opted to focus on other projects.
The band moved quickly to secure a top-class replacement, and went for a musician who plays both guitar and fiddle. Multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie took her place alongside fiddlers Catriona MacDonald, Bruce MacGregor, Iain MacFarlane and Allan Henderson, and pianist Andy Thorburn in the new line-up in May.
Brunton Theatre, 17 & 18 Aug, 7.30pm, £14.50 (£12.50); Queen’s Hall, 19 Aug, 10pm, £15 (£13).