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Scotland’s most iconic and celebrated fiddle band Blazin’ Fiddles join forces with leading Scottish folk vocalist Emily Smith to play Queen’s Hall for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of their 2019 Scottish tour.
Hot on the heels of the special Blazin’ Fiddles’ 20th anniversary tour, that culminated with a Celtic Connections headline show in January, the prolific Scottish folk act is back with a series of performances throughout Scotland for 2019 with support from special guest singer Emily Smith.
For the past two decades, no other band has captured the excitement, passion and the sensitivity of Scottish music quite like Blazin' Fiddles. Fiddlers Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Rua Macmillan and Kristan Harvey will be joined by Anna Massie on guitar/fiddle and Angus Lyon on piano, each drawing distinct inspiration from their part of the Highlands and Islands to create a fiery blend of music known to audiences up and down the country.
Multi award winning singer Emily Smith is a leading figure in the Scottish folk scene. For over a decade she has entertained audiences all over the world with her blend of traditional and original songs, blurring the lines between old and new. Emily has released eight studio albums and collaborated with many musical greats from the folk scene and beyond including Barbara Dickson, Richard Thompson, Eddi Reader, Jerry Douglas and Beth Nielsen Chapman.
Take a group of the hottest contemporary fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and you've got Blazin' Fiddles on your hands. During a performance, the audience has a rare opportunity to hear pieces featuring the regional styles of each fiddler followed by all hands jumping in for a wonderful explosion of music. Fiddles and bows blaze away with guitar and piano for one of the most exciting and memorable fiddle ensembles ever to take the stage. What began as a project for the Highland Festival almost 15 years ago, continues as one of Scotland’s top traditional bands. From remote village halls to the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Blazin’ Fiddles has delighted audiences with their highlands and islands tunes and tales whilst embodying the excitement, passion and sensitivity of Scottish music.
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Dumfriesshire born singer Emily Smith first made her mark on the Scottish music scene when she won the 2002 BBC Radio Scotland's Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award. Her voice blends delicacy with surprising power and is equally alluring whether enriched by instrumental backing or unaccompanied. A talented songwriter and multi-instrumentalist as well as being recognised as one of the finest interpreters of Scottish song. Her affection for collecting poetry and song books often results in reworked ballads and original settings which are seamlessly interwoven with her own descriptive songs. 'One of Scottish folk music's brightest exports' (The Herald).
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