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Sunday, May 31, 2015
Alistair McCulloch with Eamon Sefton perform in Newton 7/21
Alistair McCulloch and Eamon Sefton
Tuesday, July 21, 2015, 8pm Carriage House of Violins, 1039 Chestnut Street, Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464
Alistair McCulloch is one of the most sought after fiddlers in Scotland today, both as performer and teacher. His versatility and breadth of repertoire have kept him at the forefront of the tradition for twenty years.
Alistair McCulloch hails from Ayr in Scotland and is one of the country's best known fiddle performers, teachers and composers. Past winner of many fiddle championships, Alistair is fiddle instructor at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and has tutored many of the new generation of rising stars.
To date Alistair has performed in over 20 countries, also including China, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Nigeria, Venezuela, Canada and throughout Europe. To date, he has released three solo albums, most recently 'Four Seasons in One Day' – says the Scotsman "As the mountain of fiddle CDs rises even higher, this one can climb straight to the summit ridge".
His tunebook the 'Alistair McCulloch Collection' was recently reprinted and he is currently working on a new collection featuring a number of commissioned tunes. Commissions have included a suite for William Grant & sons of Glenfiddich whisky and an orchestral score to celebrate the visit of the Olympic torch to southern Scotland.
Alistair has directed several fiddle groups and ensembles including the dynamic young group 'Innovation' and was formerly a soloist with the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra. His playing style is driving and precise, described by the Living Tradition as "fresh, fiery and full of fun".
Alistair is an enthusiastic and inspirational teacher and has recently been invited to tutor at the Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week in North Carolina, the Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddling in New Zealand and Boston Harbor Fiddle School.
Alistair will be accompanied on guitar by Eamon Sefton, who studies at Berklee and is a two-time notloB veteran (Cat and the Moon, Fresh Haggis).
First two rows $25, general admission $20. A limited number seats are available on a first-come/first-served basis to seniors and students, $15.