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Alasdair Fraser  Main Performer

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1 Calliope Meets Frank: Calliope House/MacArthur Road/Franks Reel Richardson/McCusker 5:55
2 Stirling Castle Set: Stirling Castle/Forth Bridge/Jenny Dang the ... Wilmot/Blyth/Briand 6:37
3 Josefin's Waltz Tallroth 4:11
4 St. Kilda Wedding/Brose and Butter Traditional 4:37
5 The Scandinavian: Släng Polska/Rumbling Quadrille Traditional 4:59
6 Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch Traditional 4:39
7 The Sailor's Wife/The Lads of Duns Traditional 3:12
8 Shetland Set: Christmas Day Ida Moarnin/Lady Spence's Reel/Sleep Soond Traditional 4:04
9 Prince Charles' Last View of Scotland Traditional 4:24
10 The Duchess: The Duchess of Bedford/Lady Hope of Pinkie/Lady Montgomery Marshall/Gow 6:14
11 Rob Roy Crosses the Minch: Rob Roy MacGregor/Bog an Lochain/Flora ... MacLeod 5:30
12 Da Slockit Light Anderson 3:53
13 The High Reel Set: The Hut on Staffin Island/The Barrowburn Reel/The ... Harper/Cunningham 6:38
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Fire & Grace

Audio Compact Disc

Label: Culburnie Records

Style: Celtic

Fire & Grace

UPC: 755997012122

Release Date: 04/20/2004

Original Release Date: 04/20/2004

Number of Discs: 1

Tracks: [Calliope Meets Frank: Calliope House/MacArthur Road/Franks Reel, Stirling Castle Set: Stirling Castle/Forth Bridge/Jenny Dang the ..., Josefin's Waltz, St. Kilda Wedding/Brose and Butter, The Scandinavian: Släng Polska/Rumbling Quadrille, Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch, The Sailor's Wife/The Lads of Duns, Shetland Set: Christmas Day Ida Moarnin/Lady Spence's Reel/Sleep Soond, Prince Charles' Last View of Scotland, The Duchess: The Duchess of Bedford/Lady Hope of Pinkie/Lady Montgomery, Rob Roy Crosses the Minch: Rob Roy MacGregor/Bog an Lochain/Flora ..., Da Slockit Light, The High Reel Set: The Hut on Staffin Island/The Barrowburn Reel/The ...]
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Chris Nickson

Alasdair Fraser is already well known and lauded as a Scots fiddle player, giving Natalie Haas (a member of Mark O'Connor's band) a lot to live up to. But she manages it with flying colors, and between them they take a virtual tour of Scotland and beyond. Some hundred years ago the mix of violin and cello was common in Scots music, but most probably not like this. Even on slower pieces like "Prince Charles' Last View of Scotland," the imagination and deftness to the playing demonstrate huge talents at work. On the faster pieces -- which are numerous -- Haas' cello becomes a bass counterpoint and underpinning to Fraser's wild but precise playing. The sharp tacks of mood as the album criss-crosses the bonnie land -- ranging from the Shetlands to the mainland and even across the North Sea for "The Scandinavian" -- is a joy, whether they're entertaining the lightness of "Josefin's Waltz" or the centerpiece of "Rob Roy Crosses the Minch," where both musicians are stretched to the absolute limits of their abilities, with exhilarating results for the listener. A future classic of a Scots album. ~ Chris Nickson, Rovi