Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, mix with some wonderfully sympathetic piano and guitar arrangements and you’ve got the award-winning Blazin’ Fiddles on your hands.
They’ve been called ‘the Led Zeppelin of the folk world’ and ‘the U2 of their genre’ – high praise indeed and well deserved.
Blazin’ Fiddles are six extraordinary folk musicians at the peak of their powers.
The band first came together as part of the year of Highland Culture in 1998 where they originally come together to put on a one-off tour to showcase the various fiddle styles of the Highlands and Islands.
Their unique name makes reference to the burning of fiddles that was done by the Church in parts of Scotland in the 19th-century
In the past decade no other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin’ Fiddles have.
Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. Blending solo and ensemble sets, aged with the occasional insightful tale, they all come together in a fiery blend to excite your senses.
From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey are joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on piano to deliver a musically intoxicating evening for all.
The band are heading out on a Scottish tour which sees them take in Stornoway, Pitlochry, Lanark, Fochabers and Drummadrochit before heading to England and then over to France.
Blazin’ Fiddles play An Lanntair, Stornoway on Thursday, March 2 at 8pm.
To book tickets and for more information call 01851 708 480 or alternatively visit www.lanntair.com/events/event/blazin-fiddles/. To find out more about what Blazin’ Fiddles are up to, visit www.blazinfiddles.com.