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by Sarah-Jane Summers

A beautiful debut CD of traditional & contemporary Scottish fiddle & hardanger - "lush Highland fiddle with a Nordic edge" (Cromarty Old Brewery Arts Centre); “…performed exquisitely… Soaring, sonorous, ringing and richly textured.” (fRoots)
Genre: Folk: Scottish Traditional
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Happy Hardanger
6:12 album only
2. Tha M' Aigne Fo Ghruaim
3:43 album only
3. Guddlin' in the Burn
3:41 album only
4. Fionn's
5:12 album only
5. The Bonny Breast Knot
4:39 album only
6. Spike On a Bike
6:14 album only
7. Tha Mi Tinn Leis A' Ghaoil
5:51 album only
8. Maggie Cameron
3:34 album only
9. Dancing Dolly
4:23 album only
10. Lady Madelina Sinclair
3:19 album only
11. Athole Brose
6:19 album only
12. The Lewisman in Exile
3:01 album only
13. Urban Trad
5:43 album only


Album Notes
Sarah-Jane Summers' long-awaited solo CD has received great critical acclaim...

“…performed exquisitely… Soaring, sonorous, ringing and richly textured.” (fRoots)

"a deft touch and lyrical grace" (The Scotsman) 4/5*

The fifth generation of her family on the same farm in the Scottish Highlands, Sarah-Jane Summers was brought up steeped in the local fiddle tradition. Add to this a love of Norwegian fiddling and you get a unique combination, described as "lush Highland fiddle music with a Nordic edge" (Cromarty Old Brewery Arts Centre).

The fiddle and hardanger player in Nu-Nordic band, Fribo, Sarah-Jane has performed all over the world and at festivals such as Womad and Celtic Connections. She has played with many top outfits, including Malinky (with Karine Polwart), Box Club, The Grand Union Orchestra...

Keen to pass on the tradition and encourage others on their own personal musical journey, Sarah-Jane loves teaching and is the principal tutor at Glasgow's RSAMD (Junior Academy), as well as teaching regularly world-wide.

Musicians on the album:
Sarah-Jane Summers - fiddle and hardanger fiddle
Ewan MacPherson (Fribo) - 6 & 12 string guitars, Jew\'s harp
Kevin McGuire (Eddie Reader/Karine Polwart) - acoustic bass
Paul Jennings (Croft No. 5) - percussion
Barry Phillips - 5-string cello
Liz Knowles (String Sisters) - fiddle
Guy Veale - Tibetan Singing Bowl, programming

Artwork by Annabel Wright
Design and art direction by Emlyn Firth

"exhilarating and heart-breaking in turns, but always beautiful and intensely moving"
(Dunoon Observer and Argyllshire Standard)

"the distinctive fiddle and hardanger fiddle playing of Sarah-Jane is a revelation - so light and jaunty in one tune, all darkness and brooding in another" (Taplas)



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Andrew A Alexis

Stunningly Beautiful
A unique blend of Nordic and Celtic fiddling, incredibly beautiful.