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07 July 2008
The Alistair McCulloch Trio
The Alistair McCulloch Trio
At the Craigmonie Centre on Monday July 7th at 7.30pm
 
The Craigmonie Centre, is delighted to welcome back the Alistair McCulloch TrioGlen Urquhart High School, Drumnadrochit on Monday July 7th 2008 at 7.30pm to help us launch our summer programme.   (Alistair McCulloch: Fiddle , Mark Duff:  Whistle and Bodhran & Aaron Jones: Bouzouki, Guitar & Vocals) to the stage at
 
We want as many people to enjoy an evening with us and these fine musicians as possible, sowe have decided that YOU – the audience will set your own ticket price!  No excuses! Come join us for a fantastic night of entertainment for the whole family. Doors open at 7pm. Proceeds from the café bar will go to the Glen Urquhart Youth Club & you also have the chance to win tickets to upcoming performances by Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham and The Scottish Opera who are both taking to our stage this autumn.
Alistair McCulloch
 
Alistair McCulloch is one of the busiest and best-known fiddlers in Scotland and is in constant demand as a performer, teacher, adjudicator and composer. He studied music at the University of Strathclyde where he graduated with first class honours in 1998.
 
As well as having a highly successful solo career, Alistair is leader of the band ‘Coila’ and for several years was a soloist with the renowned Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. He has performed in some of the UK’s major concert halls, including The Royal Albert Hall, Earl’s Court and the Barbican in London, Ulster Hall, Belfast, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, York Barbican, Birmingham Town Hall and Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.
 
He also works widely as a session musician having performed and recorded with among others Donald Shaw, Alasdair Fraser, Malcolm Jones, Dougie Pincock, Anne Lorne Gillies, Chris Armstrong, Peter Morrison, John Carmichael, Moira Kerr and Donald Black. Alistair has appeared on over thirty commercial albums and was the fiddler on the hit BBC children’s TV programme, Balamory. 
 
Alistair has toured extensively and in recent years has been to Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Greece, France, Bulgaria, Iceland, Norway, Canada, America, China Australia, New Zealand, Venezuela, Nigeria, Dubai, Kuwait and Qatar. He also broadcasts regularly on BBC radio and has made numerous appearances on television. This year Alistair has performed at Celtic Connections, The Shetland Festival, Fiddle 2007, Speyfest the Niel Gow Festival and in August was invited to perform for the queen at Balmoral.
 
Alistair talents also lie in composition and one of his most recent commissions was to compose a suite for William Grant & Sons of Glenfiddich Whisky. His first book of compositions has recently been released to widespread acclaim.
 
Demonstrating his considerable talents as an instrumentalist, Alistair has released two solo albums, ‘Highly Strung’ and ‘Wired Up’.
 
His teaching roles include being fiddle tutor at the University of Strathclyde and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and musical director of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra.
 
Marc Duff
 
Marc Duff is undoubtedly one of the finest whistle players in Europe and is best known as a former member of supergroup ‘Capercaille’ which has sold well over one million albums worldwide. He studied classical recorder at Guildhall school of music in London where he graduated in 1987.
 
Nowadays Marc tours with various groups including Fred Morrison’s ‘Ceolas’ and Fred Freeman’s ‘Burns Ensemble’. He has recorded with countless artistes including ‘Fish’ and ‘Dick Gaughan’
 
Marc’s unique style of whistle playing has influenced many younger players and he is regularly asked to give recitals and workshops throughout the country. He works widely as a whistle and bodhran tutor.
 
The recording of Marc’s first solo album will commence this year.
 
Aaron Jones
 
Born in Poole, England, Aaron Jones currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has toured in the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe with countless artists and groups and has made numerous TV and Radio appearances worldwide. In 2005 Aaron was voted ‘instrumentalist of the year’ at the Scottish Folk awards.

Aaron is a founding partner in traditional music resource www.tradmusic.com which launched in September 2002 and regularly receives over 350,000 hits per week. He has recorded on numerous CD’s and continues to work regularly with some of the biggest names in traditional music, both as a performer and recently, as a producer.

As well as playing with Old Blind Dogs, Aaron is currently touring as part of a duo with Claire Mann with whom he released a debut duo CD entitled Secret Orders to great critical acclaim on their own record label.

Aaron is one of the official accompanists at the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician Awards at the Celtic Connections Festival in the Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. He was accompanist to the winning contestants in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.

Recent projects include accompaniment on CD releases by Mod Gold Medal winner, Gaelic vocalist Jenna Cummings, The Sensational Jimmy Shandrix Experience and the debut solo CD by Battlefield Band fiddler Alasdair White.
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