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Biography


From the CD Booklet “The Explosive Fiddlers”

Charlie McKerron is one of Scotland's finest Fiddle players, Charlie won the daily Record
Golden Fiddle Award, He has been a member of Capercaillie Scotland's foremost Celtic band
for 12 years, They have sold over a million albums and toured in 25 countries. An
accomplished composer Charlie's music has been widely recorded and he has contributed to
the film 'Rob Roy'. Over the years he has performed with a wide variety of artists including
Fish, The Pearl Fishers and Fred Morrison.
For Mayfest 1996 he produced the exciting new show 'Celtic Grooves', and he and John Saich
completed an album in Celtic World Music working with leading Scottish roots and Celtic
Musicians

Duncan Chisholm is regarded by many as one of the finest Scottish fiddle players of his
generation, Duncan is a musician who explores his tradition with passion and grace.
For the last ten years Duncan has been touring throughout North America and Europe with
Celtic Rockers Wolfstone, the band he formed in 1987. Throughout his band years he has
recorded five critically acclaimed productions, selling over 200,000 albums.
Duncan has been in recent years concentrating on a solo career which has already proved
to be potentially explosive. The release of his solo album 'Redpont' in the Spring of 1997
potentially explosive. The release of his solo album 'Redpont' in the Spring of 1997 was a
major triumph. Alastair Clark of 'The Scotsman' - "if the slow air can be reckoned as the
true test of a fiddler's worth. Chisholm emerges with top marks, his tone, timing and
expressive vibrato telling us that, at 28, he has matured into a formidably endowed
musician".

James Alexander is widely acknowledged as a leading exponent and teacher of Scots Fiddle. He
adjudicates regularly at most Scottish Festivals including the National Mod and the Highlands
and Islands Festival and more recently he has been in demand to lead fiddle workshops. having
taught at Aberdeen University's William Marshall commemorative lectures and celebrations
in 1998. Later this year he will be leading the traditional fiddle workshops for the very
successfull Orkney Traditional Music Project. When not teaching. his time is mainly spent
playing with, and organising, the Fochabers Fiddlers which he formed in the early 80's. With the Fiddlers he has performed in Europe and in 3 American tours including guest
appearances at the world famous Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Disney World,
Florida. Having recorded as a session musician and worked as a freelance producer on well over 100 albums, he has recently become a partner in 'Acorn Audio', a recording company which specialises in CD, tape and video production and internet marketing as well as PA sound hire.

Paul Anderson started fiddle lessons at school with Andrew Linklater then shortly after
started playing with the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society. He had a few lessons from
Angus Shaw and then for several years with Douglas Lawrence (the most acclaimed pupil of
Hector MacAndrew). Paul won many competitions at junior and senior levels, including the
Glenfiddtch Scottish Fiddle Championship (1995) held each year in Blair Castle. So far he
has recorded 3 solo albums, though he is recording a live album in Co Cork in May. He has
done regular TV and radio performances and played all over the world. He is now playing
professionally which also takes in teaching traditional Scottish fiddle. As well as playing with the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society he has played with 'The Cutting Edge'
and he is now playing with Rock Salt and Nails. When he is not playing he helps on the family farm at Tarland.

Andy Thorburn has for some years now, been one of Scotland's busiest and most individual
musicians. A respected pianist, composer. musical director and teacher, he prefers not to
pigeon-hole, rather to blend the many styles and influences that fill today's musical world.
His recent commission for 1999 Celtic Connection in Glasgow 'Tuath gu Dea' was met with
great acclaim by audience and critics. For 12 unaccompanied singers it is a continuing
development of writing following other works from 1998 - a theatre score for 'Don Juan',
for trombone / sackbut. cello and clarsach, for 'Camster' a soundtrack realised with
samplers and keyboards, the popular slow air 'Marni Swanson of the Grey Coast'. and
arrangements and direction for the 'Songhunter' project. Regular activities involve band
work, work with the Blazin' Fiddles, Ben Wyvis, The Ghillies,Azitiz and the Loveboat Big
Band, teaching with Feisean nan Gaildheal throughout the Highlands and Islands, travelling
between Glasgow. Edinburgh and Inverness for rehearsals and sessions; and music
typesetting, currently preparing a book of bagpipe tunes for Rory Campbell - see also 'The
Nineties Collection' from 1995, New Projects include a composition for string ensemble and
voice, for the Highland Festival 1999, a CD recording of Tuath gu Deas, a companion piece
for choir, and tours with various performers during the Summer - with a week in Cape
Breton at the 'Fiddles of the World Festival', and a week's teaching at Sabhal Mor Ostaig on
Skye with Alastair Fraser. Andy also inspects seed potatoes.





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