Fraser Fifield

Musician

Fraser Fifield is a multi-instrumentalist who has developed an distinctive sound across the variety of instruments he plays, and an approach to music-making which has lead to collaboration with a diverse list of artists. To date, he has released four solo albums on his own Tanar label.

Fraser performs an uncommon combination of instruments, which perhaps goes some way to explain his highly individual approach to music: Highland Bagpipes, Border Pipes, Low Whistles, Soprano Sax, Bulgarian Kaval and Percussion. An open-minded musician, Fraser has collaborated with many artists including Afro Celt Sound System, Hidden Orchestra, Mr McFalls Chamber, Graeme Stephen Sextet, Moishe’s Bagel, Nedyalko Nedyalkov, Jan Bang & Erik Honoré, Karine Polwart and Kamilya Jubron. He has toured and recorded extensively, performing on more than 100 recordings and touring in Scotland, England, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, USA and Azerbaijan.

As a composer, Fraser is responsible for the original content of his four instrumental albums plus a range of other work including commissions for Mr McFalls Chamber, Orchestra of Combined Specialist Music Schools in Scotland, Celtic Connections Festival, Hebridean Celtic Festival, Creative Scotland, BBC Natural World, BBC Alba and ITV. He was nominated as 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2009 Scots Trad Music Awards and nominated 'Composer of the Year' in the 2010 awards.

“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” Jazzwise magazine