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 Troy MacGillivray as our guest Fiddle Tutor this year!

Nova Scotia's Troy MacGillivray has a musical prowess that can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. From a young age, Troy was impressing audiences with his fiddle, piano and step dancing, skills. He has completed Grade 7 of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, spent 4 years in a stringed orchestra, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. F X University and received an Applied Music Technology Diploma for recording engineering. He has a roots-centered approach to his fiddling and piano playing that has the power to inspire any audience and has played across Canada, the US and UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Japan and Australia. Troy plays the music of his ancestors who immigrated to Canada from Scotland over 200 years ago. Today, he focuses on playing not only traditional tunes but also his own compositions which are receiving international recognized and are being recorded by other artists from across Canada and around the world. Troy recently composed The New Tunemakers which was a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition in the Instrumental Category. With over 15,000 entries submitted, Troy was one of only 7 Canadians to reach the finals!

The multi-talented, multi-award winning instrumentalist is known for his ability to unearth the lesser-played but great tunes of respected composers. With such tunes in his repertoire, Troy has assembled his 6th album called Tune Poets which weaves some of his own compositions alongside fantastic and unique arrangements of great composers from the traditional fiddle world to present a wide and varied mix of music that will captivate fans old and new alike. Tune Poets is an instrumental recording that highlights the great composers Calvin Vollrath, King Ganam, Scott Skinner, Andrea Beaton, Phil Cunningham, Gordon MacQuarrie, John Campbell, Donald Angus Beaton, Wilfred Gillis, Dougie MacDonald and Natalie MacMaster. 

In addition to Tune Poets, Troy has an additional 5 CD's to his credit: Live At The Music Room, received several awards, including the East Coast Music Association's Instrumental Recording of the Year and the Music Nova Scotia's Traditional /Roots Recording of the Year. His project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that clearly showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game by being nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and also by winning another East Coast Music Association Award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year!

 
 
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 – guitar

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

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.