Alistair adds more strings to his bow with show at Eastgate

Alistair McCulloch appears at the Eastgate next Saturday

Alistair McCulloch appears at the Eastgate next Saturday

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Former national fiddle champion Alistair McCulloch heads his self-titled trio at the Eastgate Theatre on Saturday, August 6.

One of the busiest and best-known fiddlers in Scotland, Alistair, pictured left, studied music at the University of Strathclyde, where he graduated with first class honours.

For several years Alistair was a soloist with the renowned Scottish Fiddle Orchestra, with which he performed in some of the UK’s major concert venues, including the Royal Albert Hall and Barbican in London, Birmingham Town Hall, the Ulster Hall, Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall and the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. He also works widely as a session musician and Alistair has appeared on 35 commercial albums and regularly broadcasts for the BBC.

And the former BBC TV children’s show Balamory featured Alistair on its soundtrack.

Alistair also leads the band Coila and produced their most recent release The Complete Ceilidh, while he has toured in Europe, Australia, China, South America, Africa and the Middle East.

A spokesman for the fiddler added: “Alistair is a renowned composer and commissions have included a piece premiered at the Edinburgh Festival celebrating the life and times of the Orkney writer, George Mackay Brown.

“Alistair’s teaching roles include being Scots Fiddle tutor at both the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the University of Strathclyde and musical director of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra and the sensational young string group, Innovation.”

Alistair is joined for this Peebles show by former Capercaillie member Marc Duff and Aaron Jones, Old Blind Dogs’ guitarist and bouzouki player.

The trio have become Celtic Connections favourites thanks to their performances in the annual Glasgow folk festival.

Tickets are priced at £13 for the 7.30pm gig – phone 01721 725777.