Scottish Fiddle - Feb 13, 2021

Gordon Gunn

Wick

Gordon Gunn is one of Scotland’s top fiddlers and a member of the hugely successful Scottish band Session A9. He is also regarded as a talented composer, especially of slow airs which are the envy of all tunesmiths.

Born and brought up in Wick, Caithness, Gordon was taught by the highly respected violin teacher Margaret Henderson and was soon involved in different aspects of Scottish music. After recording Shoreside with The Gordon Gunn Band for Greentrax records in 2000, Gordon was invited to join top Scottish band Session A9 and also Anam.

He continues to gig with The Gordon Gunn Band which these days consists of Brian McAlpine (keyboards) and Phil Anderson (guitar). Gordon is also in demand as a fiddle tutor and has participated in workshops at many major music festivals throughout Scotland. As a session musician he has worked on several albums.

On his lastes album Wick To Wickham, Gordon has surrounded himself in the studio with not only Brian and Phil but also Marc Clement (guitar), David (‘Chimp’) Robertson (percussion), Tim Edey (melodeon) and Marc Duff (whistles). Together they produce a rich and exciting sound.

Adam Sutherland

Errogie

Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland.  In his late thirties, he is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers in a thriving scene, drenched with talent.

Outfits that Adam has been a part of include The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft no. Five.  He has also played with a host of other well known acts including Salsa Celtica and Manran.

Adam’s tunes are perhaps his most impressive legacy and are played in music sessions and on youtube videos in the following countries:  Scotland, England, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Norway, USA, Canada (Canadian Celtic Music Top-Ten with Flook’s version of ‘The Road to Errogie’), Korea, Australia, New Zealand and who knows where else.

Catriona MacDonald

Shetland

Catriona started studying fiddle with legendary Shetland fiddler Dr Tom Anderson at the age of 11, and just two years later won the Shetland Young Fiddler of the Year. After four years at the Royal College of Music in London in the early '90s Catriona moved to the Scottish Borders where she is now based. She is an active teacher: currently a senior lecturer on the BMus Folk Degree at Newcastle University, and tutors regularly at various summer schools. She was a member of the group Blazin Fiddles and now plays with her own band, Scots super group The Unusual Suspects, and the female super group the String Sisters.

Louise Bichan

Orkney

Louise is an artist and musician who grew up in Orkney, a group of islands in the north of Scotland. She graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2011 with an honours degree in Visual Communications, specialising in photography.

Growing up on a farm, she has always been inspired and influenced by the landscape and nature around her and feels privileged to be able to use her creativity and love for art and music to make her living. Louise shoots mainly on 35mm film using an Olympus OM2 once belonging to her father. She uses natural light to capture images which are honest and organic. 

As a fiddle player, Louise enjoys a wide variety of music, but mostly plays and writes folk and traditional Scottish music. After being awarded a place and a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, Louise traveled to Boston in September 2015 to take some time to explore other genres of music.