Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, vol. 2
Tulloch TM506, 2013
Bonnie Rideout’s second CD continues the themes of the first, presenting a mixture of ensemble pieces and solo fiddle performances. A couple of the tracks on this second volumes are re-releases from Bonnie’s earlier CDs but they are well chosen and delicious performances.
The tracks include traditional fiddle pibroch, as well as other traditional tunes related to the genre, and also some of Bonnie’s own compositions in the traditional style.
The collaborating musicians do not necessarily enhance this disc; Allan MacDonald’s voice and pipes are always a delight, and Barnaby Brown’s triple pipes are just astonishing, but the modern lever harp and bodhran are less beguiling, and to be honest I truly do very much prefer Bonnie’ solo unaccompanied performances. She plays this repertory like no-one else, with powerful emotionally charged passion, which is gripping and compelling - just the woman and the fiddle and the wild wide world of ceòl mór.
Read more about this music on my ceol mor pages.
For more info on old Scottish fiddle music, inlcuding the fiddle pibroch, see David Johnson's book, 'Scottish Fiddle Music in the 18th Century'. You can hear some of the tunes on Bonnie's CDs performed on early Gaelic harp on the following recordings:
'The Lament for the Bishop of Argyll' and 'The Battle of Harlaw' on Simon Chadwick's CD Clàrsach na Bànrighe.
Lament for the Earl of Wigton, on Ann Heymann's CD Cruit go nÓr and also on Alison Kinnaird's The Silver String. You can also hear a wonderful solo fiddle performance of this tune by Bonnie Rideout online at the BBC website.