To have an artist of Duncan's reputation and talent to come to The Duncairn is simply mind-blowing and we urge anyone that hasn't heard this master musician yet, to get their tickets early.
NEW ALBUM TOUR FROM TOP SCOTTISH FIDDLE PLAYER DUNCAN CHISHOLM (RADIO 2 FOLK AWARDS & SCOTTISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR NOMINEE)
RECORDED AT THE CELTIC CONNECTIONS FESTIVAL 2013
**** The Guardian ****The Telegraph
**SOLO TOUR FEB 2016 (accompanied by Matheu Watson and Jarlath Henderson)
“One of the best fiddle players ever to have come out of Scotland." (Mike Harding)
“This man is living each note, putting his soul into every moment. The hands, the fiddle, the bow and Duncan's body become one dance, one expression."(Mike Scott, The Waterboys)
“The great thing about being an instrumentalist is being able to transport your audience somewhere else just by using sound. I love songs, and great songwriting, but without words there's no narrative imposed, so the stories or pictures people feel in the music can be very much their own." (Duncan Chisholm)
Recent years have been somewhat memorable for Duncan Chisholm, long revered as one of Scotland's all-time great fiddle players - not least as anchorman with seminal Highland folk-rockers Wolfstone – and now increasingly making his mark internationally as a solo artist. After winning two nominations in the Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013 (Musician of the Year and Best Traditional Track), his latest studio release, Affric, was also shortlisted for Scottish Album of the Year 2013, alongside the likes of Django Django, Emeli Sandé and Calvin Harris.
“It is a very visual thing for me - thinking about all the places and people, the history and stories that are tied in with these albums; trying to piece together the right music to capture them," Chisholm says. “I've always loved concept albums, too, things like Shaun Davey's The Brendan Voyage, or Moving Hearts' The Storm, which have some kind of overall cohesion, or sense of narrative movement, so that was another influence behind the trilogy."
Joining Duncan for these solo tour dates in Feb 2016 are the aforementioned dream-team talents of Jarlath Henderson, on uilleann pipes and whistles, and guitarist Matheu Watson, locking into the trio format that Chisholm relishes just as much as The Strathglass Suite's lavish line-up.
“They're both unbelievable musicians: I just love the connection we have together," he says. “Obviously it's a big contrast to the suite, but the heart of the music is exactly the same. It's a different kind of intensity, with all the extra space and freedom between just three of us, but that magic of all being totally in the moment together is still what I'm aiming for."