Inverness Fiddlers' Rally
After another very successfull Rally in 2023, our next Annual Rally will be held on Saturday 16 March 2024 in the Empire Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness.
As always, Inverness Fiddlers will be joined by players from all over Scotland and beyond and we hope again to create an orchestra of nearly 100 musicians. This year we are very pleased to welcome Gary Coull as our Compere.
Our Special Guests for our 2024 Rally are renowned local musicians, Fiddler Bruce MacGregor and multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie!
Bruce MacGregor has been one of the most influential traditional musicians in Scotland over the last two decades. Forming the multi-award winning Highland fiddle super group “Blazin’ Fiddles” in 1998, Bruce is also one of the voices of Scottish folk, as long term presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s “Travelling Folk”, which he presented for over a decade.
A pupil of the legendary fiddle teacher, Donald Riddell MBE, Bruce has taken Highland fiddle music to a new level across the world, featuring on TV, theatre and video game (Assassins Creed III) and his compositions have been recorded across the planet.
MacGregor’s book, “The Highlander’s Revenge – tunes and tales from a Blazin’ Fiddler” was published in 2019 and this new recording, “The road to tyranny”, was launched at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness on Saturday 15th January 2022, featuring music from the collection.
“Doddie’s Dream” was composed on Hogmanay 2020, and dedicated to the former Scottish rugby legend Doddie Weir who was suffering from MND. The tune was recorded by Blazin Fiddles with the help of such notable musical friends as Nicola Benedetti, Aly Bain, Phil Cunningham, Julie Fowlis and Sharon Shannon. The single hit no 9 in the UK charts and has helped raise thousands of pounds for the My Name5 Doddie Foundation as well as being performed at our Inverness Fiddlers' Rally in 2023 along with a supporting collection for the charity.
Equally at home as accompanist or melody player, Anna Massie is one of Scotland’s foremost guitarists. A skilled multi-instrumentalist, she also excels on the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo. Renowned for her work with Blazin’ Fiddles, Mairearad Green and RANT, her reputation as a producer, presenter and musical director grows with each passing project. 2022's Producer of the Year and three-time nominee for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards, she is a highly talented musician.
She is now the presenter of BBC Radio Scotland's flagship traditional music programme Travelling Folk, and her Black Isle Correspondent vlog saw her win the Trad Music in the Media award at the 2020 Scots Trad Music Awards.
Musical Societies or individual players interested in joining us on stage shoulkd contact the Rally Secretary via firstname.lastname@example.org Information for visiting Rally players can be found on our Player Information Page.
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