Champion piper Fred Morrison on winter tour

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Renowned piper Fred Morrison sets out from South Uist on a Winter Tour playing in venues across the islands and stopping in Stornoway.

The tour promises a showcase of Fred’s technical prowess which is second to none, and has seen him win countless fans and prestigious competitions internationally.

Western Isles tour dates include Benbecula, with a show in Liniclate Theatre on Thursday, November 27th, and an Lanntair in Stornoway on Friday, November 28th.

Fred said: “The last time I played in Stornoway was two years ago at around the same time of year at an Lanntair.

“It was great. It must have been a full house that nightand An Lanntair is such a great venue.

“I do love playing in the islands because I have a strong island background; my Dad was from South Uist and my kids were born here. Playing in the Hebrides is always special.”

Fred has been among the first names in Gaelic and Scottish music since the 90s, when he released his first album, The Broken Chanter, whilst also being a member of both Scottish supergroup Clan Alba and Celtic stars Capercaillie.

Now, after releasing a handful of albums, holding the record for the most Macallan Trophy wins at Brittany’s Lorient Festival (seven), and being voted Instrumentalist of the Year at the Scots Trad Music awards, Morrison has won fans from around the globe.

He continued: “I do a lot of in the States, Canada and Spain, and all over Europe.

“Gaelic is a thriving scene now and it’s seen as really cool.

“There has been a massive revival due to a lot of new and really talented musicians now playing. It’s an exciting scene.”

Fred’s music is firmly rooted in the musical tradition of South Uist, but he is also influenced by contemporary blends. He is recognised by many as an outstanding composer, and demonstrated that with an orchestral composition, Paracas: Rhapsody of the Gael, performed by over 100 musicians at the opening concert of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections

He said: “It seems over the last 20-25 years things have just completely changed as far as the music I play is concerned.

“I’ll tell you the things that stand out in my mind: first thing is the Bothy Band, who made Irish music really popular in the 70s.

“Then we had bands like the Tannahill Weavers later in the 80s. They were a really kicking ass band and a really exciting blend of pipes and rock, and now Americana is really popular, and that takes its roots in Scottish music.”

Fred is now planning a new album release in spring next year, and his Winter Tour will give fans a taste of his new songs, along with the classics when he takes to the stage with his Highland Bagpipes, Irish Uilleann pipes, low whistles and Reelpipes.

Fred said: “The shows are going to have new material, and a lot of favorites. A lot of the songs that people who go really want to hear. The usual blend of fireworks and moody moments as well. A cross section of songs to pick you up and lay you down.”

As well as the performances in Stornoway and Benbecula, Fred’s Winter Tour plays in Sleat, Achiltibuie, Banchory, Plockton, Tobermory, Oban, Aberfeldy, Dundee and Stirling.

For more information visit http://www.fredmorrison.com/, or www.lanntair.com for Stornoway tickets.