Blazin’ Fiddles are the world’s most prolific fiddle band, and have been described as the Led Zeppelin of Scottish music – each band member is full of fun and full of music – and over the course of the week in Beauly you will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Scottish musical tradition by those who have been steeped in the rich culture of the Highlands & Islands since birth. Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof – come to Beauly and join in the craic with the band!
 



We are delighted to welcome Pierre Schryer as our guest Fiddle Tutor this year!

Pierre is one of Canada's leading traditional fiddlers. JUNO nominee, Canadian Folk Music nominee, and celebrated performer and producer, Pierre has established himself as a gem on the music scene among fans and fellow musicians. He was immersed from an early age in the Franco-Ontarian traditions of his heritage, through multiple fiddle competitions along with his triplet brothers. The Schryer Triplets recorded 2 albums and appeared several times on the "Tommy Hunter Show."

As a solo performer Pierre has received numerous titles and awards including Canadian Open Fiddle Champion, Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Champion, Violoneux Championnat, and North American Irish Fiddle Champion. Over the last decade, Pierre has released six solo recordings on his own label, New Canadian Records, of which "Blue Drag" was honoured with a nomination at the 2004 JUNO Awards for best Roots and Traditional Album of the Year, and "Mélange" was nominated at the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Instrumental Solo Album of the Year.

Pierre has shared the stage with many colleagues in the traditional music scene including Dermot Byrne, Martin Nolan, Quinn Bachand, Adam Dobres, Ian Clark, Brian Pickell, Julie Schryer, Pat O'Gorman, Nathan Curry, Brad Fremlin, Raynald Ouellet, Normand and Benoit Legault, Jake Charron, Duncan Cameron, Martine Billette, Joe Phillips, Andy Hillhouse, Jean-Francois Berthiaume and many more. He has performed with numerous symphony orchestras across Canada with his acclaimed Symphony Pops show.

 

...and Adam Dobres as our guest Guitar tutor

Adam Dobres is a folk-oriented guitarist with a fluid talent and adaptive sensibility. Born in Canada and currently living on Pender Island in British Columbia, he has toured all over the world with acts ranging from folk ensemble The Ruth Moody Band to pop rock singer Toni Childs. In 2016, he stepped into the spotlight with his eponymous debut album, earning him a nomination for instrumental artist of the year in the West Coast Music Awards.He also has a special place in his heart for beloved vocal group The Wailin' Jennies, with whom he's toured across America and played on acclaimed radio show the Prairie Home Companion.  He also recorded on their latest album, "Fifteen", which recently hit the #1 spot on the bluegrass charts as well as earning a Juno Nomination in 2018. Among the most exciting of Adam’s recent performances were the two tours he spent with the Ruth Moody Band opening for renowned guitarist Mark Knopfler, including 8 nights at the Royal Albert Hall in London.  Adam has shared a very special collaboration spanning many years with celebrated fiddler Daniel Lapp, starting in his fiddle orchestra at the age of fifteen and nowadays joining him around the world. They’ve played together in Glasgow at the Celtic Connections Festival, at the Celtic Colors Festival in Cape Breton, and once opened together for legendary lrish folk band The Chieftains.

 
 
We will also be offering afternoon singing classes with BBC RADIO SCOTLAND YOUNG TRADITIONAL MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR 2018, Hannah Rarrity
 
 
Recently featured in The Scotsman as ‘One to Watch in 2018’ and winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2018, Hannah Rarity’s spellbinding voice and warm, genuine stage manner have seen her become one of Scotland’s foremost young singers. Since graduating from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2016, she has toured internationally with the renowned Irish-American traditional group ‘Cherish the Ladies’, appeared as a soloist on BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay Live 2016, sold out her 2017 Edinburgh Fringe debut and featured in projects for the RSNO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and BBC Northern Ireland TV. Hannah's debut album is due for release September 2018.
 
 



 

 

 

Bruce MacGregor – fiddle

Founder of Blazin’ Fiddles & Blazin’ in Beauly.  Bruce also presents Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland.

 

 

 

 



 Jenna Reid – fiddle

Jenna has been a Blazin’ Fiddler since 2010.  Originally from Shetland, Jenna was taught by the late, great Willie Hunter.  Having started her musical career with Dochas & Deaf Shepherd, Jenna has since appeared on Transatlantic Sessions and released her own albums to critical acclaim.  She can also be found performing with RANT.

 

 

 

 


Rua Macmillan – fiddle

Hailing from Nairn, Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers. Having graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Scottish Music from the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and being awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, inlcuding performances at some of the world’s most prominent Folk Festivals, including  Celtic Connections (Sco), Cambridge (Eng), Ortigeuira (Spn), and Winnipeg (Can). His debut album, ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX346) was voted instrumental album of the year in the Fatea Awards, and was picked by Songlines Magazine as a ‘Top of the World’ album. Rua joined the multi-award winning ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’ in 2014.

In addition to touring, Rua is in great demand as a tutor, and teaches regularly with Fèis Rois, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, as well as internationally.
 

 

 

 


Kristan Harvey – fiddle

Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey has been a regular on the Scottish folk scene since being crowned BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2011. Having left Orkney in 2007 to study music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she remains in Glasgow, performing and teaching around Scotland and further afield.

Kristan is currently a member of several lineups including Blazin’ Fiddles, Fara, Robyn Stapleton and Orkney’s The Gathering. Over the years, she has also enjoyed touring with bands such as The Rua Macmillan Big Band, The Paul McKenna Band and her own band The Sanna, as well as joining string sections for Admiral Fallow, Belle and Sebastian, Rod Stewart and duetting with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. 

 

 

 

 


Anna Massie – group work

Anna plays the guitar in Blazin’ Fiddles but is also excels in fiddle, tenor-banjo and mandolin playing! She also plays with a whole host of other folk including Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch and her duo Mairearad & Anna.   Winner – Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003

 

 

 



Angus Lyon – piano/groupwork

Through his duo with fiddler Ruaridh Campbell, his work with the marvelously pigeonhole-resistant Halton Quartet and his achievements as producer on myriad recordings, accordionist and pianist Angus Lyon is one of the traditional music scene’s most creative talents. As well as his own projects Angus is also a member of Blazin’ Fiddles and has also performed with some of the biggest names in the music world including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Scott Mathews & many more.