Duncan Chisholm @TradFestival


1 Mar 19
by Nathon Jones

Duncan Chisholm

We are absolutely thrilled to announce the headline act for the Saturday night concert at this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival; one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers, the fabulous Duncan Chisholm.

Born and brought up near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice.  Fiddle playing at its best, Duncan's feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, lend his characteristic spine-tingling magic to his music.

Taught to play by the great Donald Riddell, few can match Duncan's expressive feel for a Highland air.  Duncan’s well-established musical career has taken him throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, both through his solo work and while playing with other musicians and bands.  Duncan plays regularly with gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis, sets the heather on fire with his folk rock band Wolfstone and is much sought after as a composer and accompanist.

Duncan's latest release, Sandwood, was awarded 'Album of the Year' at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018 at which he was also awarded as Composer of Year.

Duncan's Live at Celtic Connections release was awarded 'Album of the Year' at the Scots Trad Music Awards in December 2014.  Performed at an exclusive concert as part of the world famous Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Duncan recorded this special event where he played music from his acclaimed Strathglass Trilogy of albums, as part of a six piece traditional band who were backed by an orchestral ensemble.

The culmination of six years work, The Strathglass Trilogy – Farrar, Canaich and Affric, is Duncan's musical representation of the ancient Chisholm Clan lands.  With such a personal interest in and connection to these Highland glens, Duncan has worked hard to instil great pride and passion into three individual but very much connected musical masterpieces.  This unique and inspired idea of producing a suite of fiddle music recordings, influenced by one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of Scotland, gives a solid representation of Duncan’s ability to get right to the heart of a tune, and communicate the emotion behind it, in what seems a totally natural way.

Duncan's first solo album, Redpoint catapulted his solo career into the public eye.  The Door of Saints closely followed Redpoint; a beautiful album inspired by the music of Northern Spain.  Duncan then embarked on his Strathglass Trilogy, mixing traditional tunes with contemporary sounds.  Having composed music for several BBC documentaries and written more than half of the tunes presented on his latest release, Duncan has been labelled "the new sound of traditional Scotland."

"My creative world widens with each passing year and the possibilities for self-expression are limitless.  Enjoy the music."  Duncan Chisholm.

Duncan will be performing at the McMillan Hall, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 13th July 2019 with accompaniment from a stellar cast of musicians including Jarlath Henderson (Uilleann Pipes), Hamish Napier (Keys) and Innes Watson (Guitar).

This concert is included in the Weekend Pass ticket which is already on sale at the Box Office.  General sale tickets, for this event only, will be available from mid-March.

Duncan Chisholm Official Website

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