I’m loving fiddler Adam Sutherland’s new album Squall. I’ve watched Adam play as a member of various bands over the year (Peatbog Faeries, Treacherous Orchestra, Scottish Stepdance Company) and I suppose never really heard him properly on his own. Well on this album he sounds fantastic. His fiddle tone is so strong and he leads the band with real flair. I hope he gets lots of bookings for next summer as he should be heard!
I was out and about last weekend at the brilliant Scots Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh. I love this festival – it’s one of the best community events I attend. They do a great job of promoting many fiddlers from Scotland and abroad. A question did occur to me though! How do we get our next generation of fiddlers well known enough to pull crowds like Alasdair Fraser can. We need the acts that pull crowds through the door to keep ‘regenerating’ (It’s Doctor Who week) so everything is refreshed and festivals can make enough money to survive.
Here’s a video of the making of Adam’s CD.