Traditional Artist in Residence
Fraser Fifield, born 1976, is a multi-instrumentalist and composer from Scotland, performing on low whistle, saxophone, and bagpipes. His distinctive instrumental voice draws influence from many sources; Scottish folk is identifiably present but also Jazz, Indian, Balkan and more.
8 solo album releases place Fifield’s compositions and instrumental performances alongside a range of international stars such as Sabir Khan on sarangi (In Mumbai, 2020), bandoneonist Walther Castro (In Buenos Aires, 2015) and Nedyalko Nedyalkov on kaval (Traces of Thrace, 2008). Leading Scottish guitarist and composer, Graeme Stephen (Esotero, 2013 / Slow Stream, 2005 / Stereocanto, 2010 / Honest Water, 2001) is a long-term collaborator.
From the mid-90’s Fraser has worked with many artists in the Scottish folk scene, including, Old Blind Dogs, Salsa Celtica, Capercaillie, Karen Matheson, while further afield with Zakir Hussein, Afro-Celt Sound-System, Balkanopolis (Srb), Nordanians (Nl). In 2014 his low whistle featured on Montenegro’s Eurovision entry song, in 2015 an award from Hands Up for Trad for 'Innovation in Scottish Traditional Music'. Celtic Connections Festival 2020 commissioned, ‘Secret Histories’, performed in its opening concert, by the 70-strong Grit Orchestra.
Fifield’s current album release, Piobaireachd / Pipe Music (2021), boldly reimagines an ancient Scottish piping style, juxtaposing classic pieces with innovative new compositions, winning praise from piping aficionados and general music press alike.