Fiddle Friends - Debbie Ross, Olivia Ross & Louise Douglas
Playing at the pop-up book shop and gallery on Saturday from 1 - 2.30 p.m. Debbie comes from Alness and is one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players. She is a renowned Strings Instructor in the Highlands and leads the local group ‘Gizzen Briggs’ which have 6 highly acclaimed CD’s to their name as well as playing at such concerts as Runrig’s 40th Anniversary. Her dedication to the tradition is endless and she is also in high demand as a performer and regularly plays with the band, ‘RhythmnReel’ who have also recorded several CD’s. Debbie was also nominated for Tutor of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2014.
Olivia hails from Hilton of Cadboll and is a superb fiddle player and singer. In 2006, she graduated with first class Honours from Newcastle’s Traditional Music Course. As well as performing with one of the top bands in the traditional music scene, ‘The Shee’, she also teaches and is an accomplished song writer. ‘The Shee’ have recorded several albums and later on this year, Olivia is also recording her eagerly awaited debut solo album.
Louise, from Nigg in Easter Ross, was taught by three of Scotland's most respected and treasured Tradition bearers - Angus Grant, Alasdair Fraser and the late Dr Tom Anderson and was greatly inspired and influenced by their playing and teaching. She also enjoys composing and her tunes are played throughout the tradition. Louise is also a greatly sought after teacher, and as well as being a Strings Instructor in East Sutherland for HLH, she annually teaches on the Alasdair Fraser course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye and regularly teaches for Fèis Rois. In 2020 she was nominated as Tutor of the Year in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards.
Music with Ruairidh Gollan
Ruairidh Gollan is a fiddle player and an accordionist from Edderton. He graduated with a BA Applied Music from the UHI in 2020 and has been performing in bands and as a soloists for many years. He most recently toured as part of the House band for Eden Court’s Under Canvas on Tour and played at The Gathering Festival in Inverness. Ruairidh has always had a passion for traditional music and was brought up playing with Gizzen Briggs and learning with the local Fèiseans. Ruairidh will be supporting three author events during the festival - Gordon Morrison Launch on 23rd Sept; Helen Sedgwick on 25th Sept and Sally Magnusson on 27th Sept.