Review – Paul Anderson , at Celtic Connections 28th Jan by Danny Matheson
Paul Anderson at City Halls Recital Room on 28 Jan 2020
Throughout the years Scotland has always produced some tremendous fiddle players. Tonight was a night to remember them, their music and indeed their fiddles.
Accompanied by Brian McAlpine on piano, Paul Anderson brought history back to the current day. Anderson is a very fine fiddle player from Aberdeenshire. For one night only he was in possession of fiddles belonging to fiddle playing greats Neil Gow, William Marshall, Nathaniel Gow, Peter Milne and James Scott Skinner. These wonderful instruments are normally kept under lock and key and rarely seen, let alone played. Paul Anderson talked fondly about each instrument and played the music written and performed by the aforementioned musicians of yesteryear. Each instrument had its own unique tone and was played exquisitely by Anderson.
This was a short but wonderful concert in the intimate recital rooms. It was an honour to hear the fiddles and music of previous Masters and it was testament to the skills of Paul Anderson that he was given ownership of these instruments albeit for a very short time.
by Danny Matheson