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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Jun
30
Fri
Alastair Savage: Kirkmichael Parish Church @ Kirkmichael Parish Church, Maybole
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm

Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert of Scots fiddle music old and new in the picturesque village of Kirkmichael in rural Ayrshire.

Tickets available on the door.

Jul
2
Sun
Alastair Savage: Cathedral of the Isles @ Cathedral of the Isles, Millport
Jul 2 @ 3:00 pm

Alastair is joined by Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass for a special concert in the wonderful setting of the Cathedral Of the Isles. Featuring Scots fiddle melodies ancient and modern.

Tickets available on the door.

Aug
15
Tue
Alastair Savage: Scots fiddle old and new @ Canongate Kirk, Edinburgh
Aug 15 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair presents his annual celebration of the Scots fiddle tradition in the Canongate Kirk’s vibrant acoustic. Joining him are regular collaborators Euan Drysdale on guitar/piano and Iain Crawford on double bass, alongside a host of special guests. Folk music legend Eddie McGuire will feature on flute along with Perthshire fiddle ace Pete Clark and the exuberant Ewan Robertson on whistle. Plaintive laments mix with toe-tapping strathspeys, jigs and reels, taking the listener on a magical journey of melody ancient and modern. ‘Spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery’ (FolkWords.com). ‘Invigorating and soulful’ (ThreeWeeks).

Aug
18
Fri
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 18 @ 2:30 pm

A series of solo concerts celebrating the magical Scots fiddle tradition by one of the country’s leading exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Alone With History features melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner alongside a unique tribute to Rabbie Burns. The performance represents a heartfelt journey of Scottish history. ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Keith Bruce, Herald) ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com).

Aug
19
Sat
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 19 @ 2:30 pm

A series of solo concerts celebrating the magical Scots fiddle tradition by one of the country’s leading exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Alone With History features melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner alongside a unique tribute to Rabbie Burns. The performance represents a heartfelt journey of Scottish history. ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Keith Bruce, Herald) ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com).

Aug
20
Sun
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 20 @ 2:30 pm

A series of solo concerts celebrating the magical Scots fiddle tradition by one of the country’s leading exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Alone With History features melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner alongside a unique tribute to Rabbie Burns. The performance represents a heartfelt journey of Scottish history. ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Keith Bruce, Herald) ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com).

Aug
21
Mon
Alastair Savage: Scotland and Beyond @ St Cuthbert's Church, Edinburgh
Aug 21 @ 8:00 pm

Alastair is joined by virtuoso cellist Tom Rathbone for a concert of fiddle music inspired by Scotland and beyond. Featuring music inspired by WWii sites in Northern France alongside classic Scots fiddle repertoire by Niel Gow, Robert MacKintosh and William Marshall.

Aug
23
Wed
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 23 @ 2:30 pm

A series of solo concerts celebrating the magical Scots fiddle tradition by one of the country’s leading exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Alone With History features melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner alongside a unique tribute to Rabbie Burns. The performance represents a heartfelt journey of Scottish history. ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Keith Bruce, Herald) ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com).

Aug
24
Thu
Alastair Savage: Alone with History @ Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre, Edinburgh
Aug 24 @ 2:30 pm

A series of solo concerts celebrating the magical Scots fiddle tradition by one of the country’s leading exponents. Alastair’s critically acclaimed 2016 album Alone With History features melodies by Niel Gow and James Scott Skinner alongside a unique tribute to Rabbie Burns. The performance represents a heartfelt journey of Scottish history. ‘A must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music’ (Keith Bruce, Herald) ‘There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savage’s musical art: technical and intricate without ever overshadowing the music itself’ (Su O’Brien, BrightYoungFolk.com).