Fiddle player Alastair Savage was born and raised in Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast. His early inspiration came at his Father’s knee, where the sound of the accordian introduced Alastair to the traditional music of his homeland. He studied fiddle and guitar as a child, playing both traditional and classical music, before heading to Douglas Academy Music School in his mid teens to study classical violin more intensely. Alongside this, he was also the winner of The Land O’Burns Scots Fiddle Competition. He then went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music in London, before returning northwards to join the BBC Scottish Symhony Orchestra. Alastair always kept in touch with his trad roots whilst studying, playing reguarly in ceilidh bands and other folk groups.

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Aug
11
Sat
Alastair Savage and friends: Scots fiddle old and new @ Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Aug 11 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair celebrates Scotland’s magical fiddle tradition in the glorious Canongate Kirk acoustic. Joining him are long-time collaborators Euan Drysdale (guitar/piano) and Iain Crawford (double bass) alongside folk music legends Eddie McGuire (flute), Ewan Robertson (whistle) and Perthshire fiddle ace Pete Clark. Plaintive airs and swashbuckling reels combine for a colourful and moving journey of melody – ancient and modern. A festival highlight not to be missed. ‘Spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery’ (FolkWords.com). ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Herald).

Aug
15
Wed
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 15 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Aug
16
Thu
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 16 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Aug
17
Fri
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 17 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Aug
20
Mon
Alastair Savage and Gregor Blamey: Scotland and Beyond @ St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh
Aug 20 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair Savage is one of Scotland’s most versatile fiddle performers. A prizewinner on traditional Scots fiddle, he has played throughout the world as a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and other leading instrumental ensembles.This exciting collaboration with pianist and accordion player Gregor Blamey of the Scottish Tango Ensemble focuses on 18th-century Scottish fiddle music by Niel Gow and Robert Mackintosh alongside melodies tracing the centuries old Scots immigration to Ireland and the American Appalachians. Alongside this, folk inspired sounds from mainland Europe including music by celebrated Hungarian composer Bela Bartok.

Aug
23
Thu
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 23 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Aug
24
Fri
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 24 @ 2:00 pm

An afternoon concert series by one of Scotland’s leading fiddle exponents. Alastair’s heartfelt journey features a unique tribute to his fellow Ayrshire man Rabbie Burns alongside the magical melodies of 18th-century master Niel Gow and 19th-century virtuoso James Scott Skinner. An invigorating and soulful hour not to be missed. ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com). ‘Panache, grace and affection’ (Jim Gilchrist, Scotsman). ‘The fiddle shows both sweetness and granite strength in Savage’s hands’ (Alex Monaghan, LivingTradition.com).

Sep
16
Sun
Alastair Savage Trio @ St Mary's Episcopal Church, Aberfoyle
Sep 16 @ 3:00 pm

An afternoon concert with the Alastair Savage Trio – Alastair Savage (fiddle), Euan Drysdale (guitar/piano) and Iain Crawford (double bass).