Scottish Musician Alasdair Fraser Roams the Planet With "Fiddlespeak"

Aug 19, 2014

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and Scottish fingerstyle guitarist Tony McManus perform at Irish Fest.
Credit Bonnie North

Alasdair Fraser is one of the world’s preeminent Scottish fiddlers and teachers. 

His playing is vibrant, authentic, and inspirational and he is deeply committed to encouraging the next generation of musicians by conducting fiddle camps around the world.

Fraser was in Milwaukee last week to teach at the Irish Fest Summer School and he performed at the festival with Scottish fingerstyle guitarist Tony McManus. Fraser stopped by the Lake Effect studio to talk with Bonnie North about what makes the Scottish fiddle tradition distinct and how it fuels his passion.

"As an artist I think you have to be naked, there's no hiding. You kind of have to be yourself, and if you love this tune, this material, then you bring everything you have to it," says Fraser.