Fraser Fifield

One of Scotland's most compelling instrumental performers, described by the Sunday Herald as having “emerged as one of today's outstanding talents” and by Jazzwise magazine as “an outstanding product of the Scottish jazz-folk scene who at one moment can blow a low whistle like Charlie Parker steaming his way through ‘Ko-Ko’ and at the next knock out an air on a sax like a Highland traditionalist”, Fraser Fifield has consistently been collaborating as a whistle/sax/bagpipe player with a list of bands and artists at the forefront of the Scottish music scene since around the mid 90s.

 

photo by Douglas Robertson

Songlines magazine commented upon on, 'Stereocanto', “ it’s the interplay between intellectual construction, fleeting modal improvisations and sheer emotional sensuality of the music that makes this such a satisfying, and strikingly unified, piece of work”, while Folkradio.co.uk added, more recently: "To call a musician’s work ‘unique’ is a bold statement. However, if any musicians come close, then Fraser Fifield would be among them. The originality of his work, the breadth of his inspiration, scope of invention and variety of instruments he uses to create his music make him unique – and one of Scotland’s most enthralling artists". 

6 albums of original music are released on his Tanar label so far:

Honest Water, 2001,

Slow Stream, 2005,

Traces of Thrace, 2008,

Stereocanto, 2009

Esotero, 2013  

'In Buenos Aires', 2017.

A multi-instrumentalist, Fraser plays highland pipes, border pipes, low whistles, soprano saxophone and kaval. 

'Hands Up for Trad' presented Fraser an 'Ignition Award', for 'innovation in the field of traditional Scottish music' in Feb 2015.