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Gregg Violin USA Burns tour

In celebration of 20 years of the National Trust for Scotland's US Foundation, the much publicised Gregg fiddle US tour took in the cities of New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC and Los Angeles. A truly memorable trip featuring 21 separate events ranging from concerts and receptions to Burns celebrations, community concerts TV and radio. Highlights included performing alongside the world renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine at the University Club in Chicago, appearing alongside Lulu at the BAFTA USA Burns Bash in Santa Monica, the Scottish Universities Burns Supper at the Willard Hotel, Washington DC and performing at the Library of Congress which holds an impressive collection of Burns manuscripts. Special thanks to the Scottish affairs office in Washington DC for making it all possible together with NTS and NTS USA.

Alistair McCulloch Trio China tour 2020

Excited to announce that my trio will be travelling to China in August/September 2020 with four other Scottish groups to tour as part of a brand new Scottish cultural festival. Looking forward to teaming up with Manran, Elephant Sessions, Fara and the Claire Hastings Band. Details to follow.

 

Alistair McCulloch Trio 20th anniversary Scottish tour

Thanks again to all the promoters, venues and audiences who supported our 2019 tour. From Brora to Northumberland and Ullapool to Irvine it was another memorable tour! With the dust just having just settled it is already time to start looking ahead to 2020 which will be our 20th successive tour. More details to follow but we will be no doubt be visiting venues with which we have had a long association.

Burns meets Gow

Following the historic 'Twa Fiddles' show at the Gaiety Theatre Ayr on 23rd January 2019 when Niel Gow's fiddle and the 'Gregg' violin linked to Robert Burns were brought together for a very special evening of music, it was an honour to perform the show at the Scottish Parliament on 11th September. Special thank to deputy first minister John Swinney for sponsoring the event. It was a pleasure to work again with Pete Clark to perform a programme of 18th century fiddle music associated with the two gentlemen. Burns met Gow in the village of Inver during his highland tour of 1787 and subsequently in Dumfries. They exchanged letters as well as music.

 

Land O' Burns Fiddle Weekend

Organised in conjunction with Blair Parham of Scotia Arts the second Land O' Burns Fiddle weekend takes place at the Ayr campus of the University of the West of Scotland, 25th - 27th September 2020. Tutors are Jenna Reid, Gordon Gunn, Marie Fielding and myself. The tutors concert will take place at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway at 8pm on the Saturday evening.


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