Blazin’ Fiddles are the world’s most prolific fiddle band, and have been described as the Led Zeppelin of Scottish music – each band member is full of fun and full of music – and over the course of the week in Beauly you will have the opportunity to be immersed in the Scottish musical tradition by those who have been steeped in the rich culture of the Highlands & Islands since birth. Like rare single malts, each member of Blazin’ Fiddles draws the distinct flavour of music from their part of the Highlands and Islands. From solo to ensemble sets, they all come together in a fiery blend that raises the roof – come to Beauly and join in the craic with the band!


Guest Tutors to be announced soon!



Bruce MacGregor – fiddle

Founder of Blazin’ Fiddles & Blazin’ in Beauly.  Bruce also presents Travelling Folk on BBC Radio Scotland.

 

 

 

 Jenna Reid – fiddle

Jenna has been a Blazin’ Fiddler since 2010.  Originally from Shetland, Jenna was taught by the late, great Willie Hunter.  Having started her musical career with Dochas & Deaf Shepherd, Jenna has since appeared on Transatlantic Sessions and released her own albums to critical acclaim.  She can also be found performing with RANT.

 

  

Rua Macmillan – fiddle

Hailing from Nairn, Rua Macmillan is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers. Having graduated with a B.A.(Hons) in Scottish Music from the R.S.A.M.D. (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland), and being awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year in 2009, Rua has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America, inlcuding performances at some of the world’s most prominent Folk Festivals, including  Celtic Connections (Sco), Cambridge (Eng), Ortigeuira (Spn), and Winnipeg (Can). His debut album, ‘Tyro’ (CDTRAX346) was voted instrumental album of the year in the Fatea Awards, and was picked by Songlines Magazine as a ‘Top of the World’ album. Rua joined the multi-award winning ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’ in 2014.

In addition to touring, Rua is in great demand as a tutor, and teaches regularly with Fèis Rois, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow Fiddle Workshop, as well as internationally.
 

  

Kristan Harvey – fiddle

Orcadian fiddler Kristan Harvey has been a regular on the Scottish folk scene since being crowned BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2011. Having left Orkney in 2007 to study music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, she remains in Glasgow, performing and teaching around Scotland and further afield.

Kristan is currently a member of several lineups including Blazin’ Fiddles, Fara, Robyn Stapleton and Orkney’s The Gathering. Over the years, she has also enjoyed touring with bands such as The Rua Macmillan Big Band, The Paul McKenna Band and her own band The Sanna, as well as joining string sections for Admiral Fallow, Belle and Sebastian, Rod Stewart and duetting with Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. 

 

  

Anna Massie – guitar

Anna plays the guitar in Blazin’ Fiddles but is also excels in fiddle, tenor-banjo and mandolin playing! She also plays with a whole host of other folk including Bella Hardy & The Midnight Watch and her duo Mairearad & Anna.   Winner – Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003

 

  

Angus Lyon – piano

Through his duo with fiddler Ruaridh Campbell, his work with the marvelously pigeonhole-resistant Halton Quartet and his achievements as producer on myriad recordings, accordionist and pianist Angus Lyon is one of the traditional music scene’s most creative talents. As well as his own projects Angus is also a member of Blazin’ Fiddles and has also performed with some of the biggest names in the music world including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Paul McCartney, Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Scott Mathews & many more.