After the success of the debut album from Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, which was voted Album Of The Year at the Scots Trad Awards, this brilliant combination of fiddle and cello are back with more great music. In The Moment is an absolutely must-buy album.
"I liked the first CD very much, but this one has gone to new heights, brilliant throughout!" Box & Fiddle Magazine.
Valley Of The Moon Reel; Between; Alien Ceilidh; Salamanca; Cuillin Nights; John MacDonald's; Miss Laura Risk; Giga De Tenerife; Natalie Mariah; Trip To Pakistan; Christina; Cameron's Capers; Willie Fernie; Rob Fraser's Welcome To San Francisco.
In The Moment follows on from their award-winning album Fire and Grace, which won Scots Trad Album of The Year for 2004. The music on this album is highly original with most of the pieces being written by Alasdair Fraser and a wonderful new composition by Natalie Haas.
“Four Stars! Scots fiddle master Alasdair Fraser and young American cellist Natalie Haas have already created a considerable stir in their concert performances….. A highly engaging session” The Scotsman.
“….So the idea of pairing a master fiddler such as Alasdair Fraser with the sublime cello playing of Natalie Haas might seem like a stroke of brilliance, something bold and new. But according to Alasdair, it’s a pairing that has deep roots in Celtic tradition. “People may be familiar with the gorgeous, melodic cello sound,” Fraser says, “but they’re surprised to learn that the cello used to comprise the rhythm section in Scottish dance bands.” John Ginn, Eugene Weekly, USA.
Alasdair Fraser is unquestionably one of the finest fiddle players in the world, both in performance and his tireless promotion of Scottish music. His repertoire spans the centuries of Scottish music with a willingness to push those forms in new directions.
Natalie Haas, now in her early 20’s, first came to Alasdair’s attention at age 11 while attending one of his Valley of The Moon Scottish Fiddling School camps in the USA. Encouraged by Alasdair, she began to investigate the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes.
In 2004, the musicians joined forces for Fire and Grace, an award-winning album that showcases a wide range of styles, from sizzling reels and airs to the lush melancholic pieces that are also a hallmark of Celtic music. The new album is well balanced, with Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas sharing the spotlight and complementing each other with effortless grace. Alasdair’s fiery fiddle is matched and mellowed perfectly by Natalie’s rich, sonorous cello.
Scots music, traditional music, fiddling music.
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