Alastair Savage with Gregor Blamey and Ewan Robertson, Scots Fiddle Old and New

Saturday 23 September, 2023

Alastair Savage is originally from Ayrshire and has performed traditional and classical music throughout his life. He was winner of the ‘Land O’ Burns’ Scots fiddle competition in his youth and has been a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since 1997 touring Japan, China, USA, South America and throughout Europe. As traditional fiddle soloist he has performed on BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland, on national radio in the USA and has made six critically acclaimed albums featuring the great Scots fiddle composers of centuries past alongside his own unique compositions. His music has been used by BBC Alba for documentary purposes and in 2021 he was shortlisted for a Scottish Award in New Music in recognition of his compositional work. He continues to work within a variety of musical settings including a unique series of contrasting concerts celebrating his 50th birthday at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival. As a session musician he has recorded with many top artists crossing different musical genres including Belle and Sebastian, Karen Matheson, Justin Currie and Ricky Ross.

Joining him on piano and accordion is Gregor Blamey, a graduate of the RSAMD (now the RCS) and also the University of St. Andrews where he completed the Certificate of Jazz and Jazz Diploma courses. He has enjoyed a varied musical career as a pianist, performing as an accompanist with numerous professional companies, ensembles, and soloists. He has been involved in new initiatives such as the British Sinfonietta Orchestra’s ‘Computer Games Live’ series as well as giving solo recitals and regular performances of George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue throughout Scotland. As well as being a freelance performer Gregor also teaches piano and is currently employed by Falkirk Council and Dollar Academy.

Completing the lineup is Ewan Robertson on whistle and flute. Ewan born in Airthrey Castle, now part of Stirling University but has lived for most of his life in the village of Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire. He was 2nd Flute and Piccolo in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera from 1984 – 1994, returned in 2016 and retired in May 2021. During the interim he was a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 1994 – 1999 and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1999 – 2016. Although now retired from orchestral playing, Ewan continues to be in demand as one of Scotland’s most versatile instrumentalists, forming a central role in Alastair Savage’s most recent album ‘Tunes From The River’, released in 2022.

Dates & Times

Paisley Abbey
Abbey Place, Paisley, PA1 1JG
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Sat 23 Sep 12:30- 13:30

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