Pleased to present this new track, recorded at home during this first period of being at home all the time! (April 2020)

The first melody, Breizh, I've played for many years and was written by Fred Morrison, the acclaimed Scottish piper. The second tune I've known for a long time too, a tale of revenge from a age long gone.  A Flame of Wrath for Squinting Patrick was composed by Donald Mor Macrimmon.  

Hope you enjoy the music!

2020 to date...

early 2020 summary

... 2020 began with the experience of hearing my composition, Secret Histories, performed by the Grit Orchestra, part of the opening concert of Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall. Quite a thing. The orchestra went on to perform at Glasgow's Barrowlands a couple of nights later, reprising the much loved repertoire of the late Martyn Bennett. 

A variety of interesting encounters followed: meeting and improvising with Routes Quartet,  a day with students at Newcastle University, a run of gigs with the Tannahill Weavers, followed most recently with an enjoyable gigs at the Traverse Theatre with guitarist, Graeme Stephen and in Leith with Don Patterson's Quartet... the journey continues, the music gets better... Hope to see you along the way before too long if you're reading! 

p.s. do pop over to the 'music' page and pick up one of the 6 albums of original music available there, perfect to accompany periods of quiet reflection we may encounter... 

photo of Grit Ochestra by, ABCassidy Photography 

Old Woman's Lullaby - video 

Old Woman's Lullaby, a traditional Scottish melody from the bagpipe piobaireachd tradition, arranged by Fraser and Lolanders, recorded in Rotterdam, June '19.

Lolanders live in Rotterdam 

'Punja B', a composition by Oene Van Geel played by the Lolanders live at Injazz, Rotterdam in June 2019

jazzenzo 

Excellent comment on one of our recent Lolanders performances in Netherlands, of which more news soon...

http://www.jazzenzo.nl/?e=4232

"Een geslaagde fusie tussen jazz en world vormt het optreden van het sextet Lo-Landers. De bezetting bevat bekende namen als altviolist Oene van Geel, doedelzakspeler Fraser Filield, gitarist Graeme Stephen, basgitarist Mark Haanstra en percussionist Udo Demandt. Het enthousiasme spat van de muziek af en de doedelzak van Fifield – die ook op pennywhistle is te horen -…

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LoLanders in Nijmegan 

part of our arrangement of 'The Old Woman's Lullaby', a tune I learnt in the Scottish Bagpipe style known as Piobaireachd. 

#meet Lo-Landers 

we really enjoyed visiting and performing at Nijmegan Music Festival ... a great setting in the trees, the attentive audiences made us feel very welcome.

We're now looking forward to the next few gigs round England - Bath, Sheffield, Ambleside, Newcastle - and one in Glasgow Jazz Festival, plus Bimhuis, Amsterdam and Rotterdam Injazz Festival. Would be great to see you over the next weeks of June if you're in those areas

concerts in June 

CELTIC ROOTS ENSEMBLE are happy to be performing on 3rd June in Bergen International Festival, 

while 

LOLANDERS are performing extensively in June in the UK and Netherlands and are equally, if not more, happy about this: 

 

7th June: Durham Jazz Festival 

https://www.musicdurham.org/djazz-the-durham-city-jazz-festival/

8th June : Nijmigen Music Meeting 

https://musicmeeting.nl/

19th June: Jazz at The Lescar, Sheffield

 

http://www.jazzatthelescar.com

 

20th June: Zefirelli's Jazz Bar, Ambleside 

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The Wizard of Skene 

The first melody I self-assembled was in 1987, intended for the Highland Bagpipe, it's a reel in four parts named after my maternal Grandfather, John (Ian) Davidson of Garlogie, Skene. The tune's title refers to a nickname given locally on account (hopefully) of his polymath approach to life post WW2 upon returning to Aberdeenshire as self-taught repairer of clocks and watches, maker of off-grid electricity, wine, guns and four children.  The title refers also to the local legend of the (Wizard) Laird of…

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"In Praise of Chamber Music" + Brave In Concert, Celtic Connections 

https://www.heraldscotland.com/opinion/17379775.keith-bruce-in-praise-of-chamber-music/

"....Two days later, in the neighbouring Strathclyde Suite, came the debut of another new Scots-born chamber ensemble, this one combining musicians supported by Dutch Performing Arts with three locals: Hardeep Deerhe on tabla, jazz guitarist Graeme Stephen and the whistle and pipes of Fraser Fifield. There was groove-aplenty from the LoLanders too – no matter whose composition was on the music stand, these experience…

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