Whilst they were billed as the support act, Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas could quite easily have been the headlining act of this evening. Alasdair and Natalie were at their magnificent best.
With Alasdair’s magical playing of the fiddle and Natalie’s wonderful cello playing the audience were soon entranced with the music being played. From the opening set of Strathspeys to the final set of reels this was a masterclass in traditional music.
Not only was the music of the very highest standard but the humour from Alasdair as he regaled the audience with tales on how the tunes got their names was also second to none. It was very apparent that both he and Natalie were thoroughly enjoying themselves on stage which subsequently transferred to the audience. From tunes such as “On The Wings of a Scorrie” to one he had written for a friend of his who runs a brewery called “The Kelburn Brewer” they were all extremely entertaining. Little did Alasdair know at the time but the brewer who had a tune written for him reciprocated by brewing a beer in his name called Fraser Fid-ale. A worthy response.
At the end of their all too short a set, the applause was warm and hearty from a truly appreciative crowd. They wanted more, but unfortunately due to time restraints, an encore was not allowed. However, those hungry for more, were able to purchase Alasdair and Natalie’s latest album “Abundance” which was aptly named in light of how many were being sold. This album will be a huge success if the performance on the night is anything to go by.
Danny Matheson (Presenter at Celtic Music Radio)