November ’09

Hello there! Just a short update with some of my news. Feel free to unsubscribe- I wont be offended!

Scots Trad Awards Nomination 2009
I am delighted to have been nominated for Best Instrumentalist at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2009! The Awards will take place in Dumfries on the 28th November 2009. For more information and to vote, please visit:

Breabach Tune Up Tour 2010
In 2010, Breabach will be joining forces with the mighty Le Vent du Nord for a short tour of Scotland.
Here are the dates:

28th January – Celtic Connections, Strathclyde Suite, GRCH
2nd February – The Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline
3rd February – The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
4th February – Aberdeen Music Hall
5th February – The Universal Hall, Findhorn
6th February – The Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles

For more information about Breabach please visit

Bridging the Gap News
I’m also very excited to announce I will be touring Bridging the Gap next year and will keep you posted with the finer details.
As usual the album is available to buy on my website

‘Patsy has succeeded in creating an attractive fusion of Scottish traditional and classical music where other, more experienced names have been unable to deliver. It doesn’t just ‘bridge the gap’ – it lays down a sparkling tapestry between the two genres.’ Irish World Review

‘This is an astonishingly good CD….her three-movement fiddle concerto is a total triumph….essentially an excellent recording of contemporary Scottish fiddle.
Patsy Reid has done a perfect job of weaving all these strands into one cloth, giving us great width without compromising on quality.’ Alex Monaghan
Well that’s about all for now, thanks for taking the time to read this wee newsletter and please keep in touch and up to date with me via the website.
Hope to see you soon,

Patsy x

MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Dont forget to vote.


Nigel Hitchcock
Nigel is an internationally renowned virtuoso saxophonist who has worked with many top artists in the fields of pop and jazz. After nearly twenty years of recording and touring around the world Nigel set down roots in the Isle of Skye five years ago where Scotland’s ever-popular Celtic fusion band the Peatbog Faeries are also based. Nigel’s amazing skills, innovation and boundless musicality have brought exciting new dimensions to the Peatbog Faeries’ repertoire and performances.

Fraser Fifield
One of Scotland’s most innovative and creative musicians, Fraser Fifield is a multi-instrumentalist and composer with a distinctly original sound. His distillation of influences from such diverse sources as the Highland Bagpipe tradition, Jazz Saxophone, Bulgarian Kaval and others, has lead to a growing catalogue of critically acclaimed recordings. Fraser is also known to many for his work with various Scottish bands and musicians that cross a whole spectrum of music making, including Salsa Celtica, Old Blind Dogs, Mr McFalls Chamber any many more. His latest recording  Stereocanto  was released in October 2009.

Patsy Reid
Patsy Reid from Knapp in Perthshire grew up playing both traditional Scottish fiddle and classical violin winning the prestigeous Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship twice at just 15 and 16 years of age. Her exquisite tone, elegance and a deftness of touch are apparent in her work with the popular folk band Breabach and she is also in great demand as a fiddle teacher, on such notable couses as Alasdair Fraser’s at Sabhal Mor Ostaig  and the award-winning Taransay Fiddle Camp. Patsy’s Celtic Connections commission ‘Bridging the Gap’  was described  “an attractive and skilfully assembled work that is coherent, imaginative and beautifully performed”.

Lauren MacColl
Lauren MacColl learned fiddle through the thriving  Feisean movement in Ross-Shire and is an emotional and communicative performer of the music from her Highland tradition along with her trio ‘The MacCollective’. She won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2005 and two years on released her debut album ‘When Leaves Fall’, named ‘Classic Album’ of Celtic Connections festival 2008. Her second album ‘Strewn with Ribbons’ was released to critical acclaim in 2009, a recording of music researched from old Highland Collections married with her own tune writing. As well as with the MacCollective, Lauren plays in a duo with flute player Calum Stewart and in a new project Mackinnon | MacColl | MacPherson and is also fiddle tutor at RSAMD’s Junior dept. “Her slow airs may well make you cry…..stop-you-in-your-tracks gorgeousness” (The Herald)


Treacherous Orchestra
Emerging from the vibrant melting-pot of Glasgow’s 21st-century folk scene, The Treacherous Orchestra take Scottish dance music into a thrilling new dimension. Comprising a baker’s dozen of Scotland’s finest young instrumentalists, this truly turbocharged collective have incited merry mayhem at every one of their previously rare appearances, from remote Hebridean islands to the world-renowned Celtic Connections Festival. The band’s members, mostly still in their 20s, hail mainly from the length and breadth of Scotland and together represent the leading edge of the country’s ongoing folk revival. Having grown up under the influence of such pioneering fusion acts as Shooglenifty, Martyn Bennett and Wolfstone, they draw simultaneously on deep traditional roots and the full gamut of contemporary influences, interweaving these strands organically in a repertoire consisting almost entirely of original tunes.

Session A9
Showered with superlatives, Session A9 have been described as “The best band to have come out of Scotland in 100 years”, “Tighter than James Brown” and an “Amazing Festival band”, great praise indeed for a band formed through informal music sessions up and down the arterial Scottish road, the A9. Highly acclaimed concerts and festival appearances and a tune-up tour in 2009 have seen the band in increasing demand . With a four man fiddle frontline of  Charlie McKerron, Adam Sutherland, Kevin Henderson and Gordon Gunn plus Marc Clement on guitar;  Brian McAlpine on keyboards and David Robertson on percussion, Session A9 really are a  “Scottish super group”,

Face the West
Face The West are a young, fresh, Celtic Rock outfit with incredible talent. The group from the Island Of Lewis are hardworking and energetic. Powerful drums, deep bass lines, synths and keyboards provide the sound for the backing while traditional lead instruments get people’s hearts racing and feet tapping. At the 2009, Hebridean Celtic festival, their show on the main stage in the big blue tent was not only full of great music but created an irresistible ‘party’ atmosphere propelling even the most reluctant dancer on to the floor.