Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club – A Long Way From Home


A performance by the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club CD “A Long Way From Home” Includes the music for 23 tunes, all with some link between Scotland and Australia. NOTE: This album has a corresponding tune book: A Long Way From Home Tune Book – TN602-B $15

Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club and Friends: A Long Way From Home They’re a bit of an institution in Melbourne. The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club (MSFC) enables over 30 people of all ages to make music together, linked by a love of Scottish traditional music in Australia. This CD marks the 10th anniversary of the Club (in 2005) and sees the group romp through familiar and unfamiliar tunes – with some fascinating sideways connects such as Paul Kelly’s ‘From St Kilda to Kings Cross’ allied with ‘Shelley’s Reel’, and the traditional New Zealand tune of ‘Hoea Ra’. Neil Adam and Judy Turner have been driving forces within the MSFC (as its Musical Directors) and they feature her in voice and fiddle; they are also joined by guest musicians in front o the massed fiddles: Alex Legg, Jenny Thomas, Chris Duncane, the Hawthorn City Pipe Band and others. So not just fiddles, but also small (and highland) pipes, Chinese fiddle, cello, bass, accordion, mandolin, piano and drums appear in a joyous celebration of reels, marches, jigs and songs.
Review by Roger Holdsworth

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The Tune book to the CD

Now approaching our 25th anniversary and stronger than ever, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club explores the lively sounds of Scottish music, with repertoire that both acknowledges and reinvents traditional roots, drawing enthusiastic and loyal crowds. Regularly collaborating with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers deliver a charming and exhilarating show.

Musicians from 8 to 80 play together in our monthly gatherings, sessions and performances, and have recorded 7 CDs, with two of our CDs, “Gates of Gold” (2008) and “Of an Island” (2012), winning several awards. The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club performs in many festivals around Australia.

We have undertaken successful major tours including a 2 week tour of New Zealand in 2005, 10 day tours of Tasmania in 2008 and regional New South Wales in 2010 and a mini-tour of Western Victoria in 2012. Our last tour was the biggest ever: 18 days around Scotland, including Shetland, during September/October 2015. Next one – it’s a bit hush-hush as yet, but we’re looking at Canada in 2023!

The group collaborates regularly with some of the world’s best traditional musicians, such as American-based Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Chris Stout, Ross Couper and Catriona McKay from the Shetland Islands, Adam Sutherland from Scotland, as well as home-grown heroes such as Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt, Chris Stone and Catherine Fraser.

The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club always gives a lively and captivating performance, with a heart-warming mix of the traditional and the contemporary, of songs and of tunes, that will bring a smile to the lips and perhaps a tear to the eye of anyone who can trace a link back to Scotland, to Shetland or even to Nova Scotia.

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Weight .100 kg
Dimensions 14 × 12.5 × 1 cm


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