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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Wednesday, May 29 , 7:30 pm 9:30 pm

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, ‘the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling’ and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 20 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc) In 2011 he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of music, is one of the most sought-after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Iris supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittle, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfilment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra.

The duo’s debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted Scots Trad Music Album of the year award, the Scottish equivalent for a Grammy. Since its release the two have gone on to record five more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In addition to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

“Fraser, one of the most respected of all exponents of the Scots fiddle, would look long and hard to find a more appropriate cellist as a partner…a positive joy” – The Scotsman

£17 General Admission | £15 Concessions | £10 Under 16’s *

* We are offering a free carer/companion ticket for any disabled or wheelchair-user audience members throughout our shows this season. Please note that it is helpful if this is booked in advance via the WeGotTickets website, so that we can ensure that there is adequate accessible seating reserved on the day/night of the event.

Wheelchair access, or entry for people with a disability is available from the side entrance, by the Phoenix Café.

Tickets for our Spring/Summer 2024 events can also be purchased in person at the Phoenix Shop, Findhorn. These will be available for purchase from March.

Please note that this is a seated event.

Universal Hall

The Universal Hall, The Park, Findhorn
Forres, Scotland IV36 3TZ United Kingdom
01309691170
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