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Alastair Savage with Gregor Blamey (piano and accordion) and Ewan Robertson (whistle and flute) at Edinburgh FC / EFC
Ukrainian Community Centre
Edinburgh United Kingdom
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Alastair Savage with Gregor Blamey (piano and accordion) and Ewan Robertson (whistle and flute) at Edinburgh FC / EFC
Alastair Savage is originally from Ayrshire and has performed traditional and classical music throughout his life. He was winner of the Land O Burns Scots fiddle competition in his youth and has been a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since 1997 touring Japan, China, USA, South America and throughout Europe. As traditional fiddle soloist he has performed on BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland, on national radio in the USA and has made six critically acclaimed albums featuring the great Scots fiddle composers of centuries past alongside his own unique compositions. His music has been used by BBC Alba for documentary purposes and in 2021 he was shortlisted for a Scottish Award in New Music in recognition of his compositional work. He continues to work within a variety of musical settings and presented a unique series of contrasting Scots fiddle concerts celebrating his 50th birthday at the 2023 Edinburgh Festival. As a session musician he has recorded with many top artists crossing different musical genres including Belle and Sebastian, Karen Matheson, Justin Currie and Ricky Ross.

Joining him at Edinburgh Folk Club on piano and accordion is Gregor Blamey, a graduate of the RSAMD (now the RCS) and also the University of St. Andrews where he completed the Certificate of Jazz and Jazz Diploma courses. He has enjoyed a varied musical career as a pianist, performing as an accompanist with numerous professional companies, ensembles, and soloists covering many different styles including folk, jazz and classical. He has been involved in new initiatives such as the British Sinfonietta Orchestras Computer Games Live series as well as giving solo recitals and regular performances of George Gershwins Rhapsody in Blue throughout Scotland.

Completing the lineup is Ewan Robertson on whistle and flute. Ewan born in Airthrey Castle, now part of Stirling University but has lived for most of his life in the village of Uplawmoor in East Renfrewshire. He was 2nd Flute and Piccolo in the Orchestra of Scottish Opera from 1984  1994, returned in 2016 and retired in May 2021. During the interim he was a member of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 1994 - 1999 and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 1999 - 2016. Although now retired from orchestral playing, Ewan continues to be in demand as one of Scotlands most versatile instrumentalists, forming a central role in Alastair Savages most recent album Tunes From The River, released in 2022.

a must for aficionados, a primer for anyone with a notional interest in Scottish traditional music (Herald)

spectacular in simplicity, scope and delivery (Folkwords)

There is a breathtaking effortlessness to Savages musical
art (Bright Young Folk)

a master of the instrument ( Edinburgh Three Weeks)

panache, grace and affection (Scotsman)

www.alastairsavage.co.uk
@Scotsfiddler

Location

Ukrainian Community Centre (View)
14 Royal Terrace
Edinburgh EH7 5AB
United Kingdom

Categories

Music > All Ages
Music > Celtic
Music > Folk

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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Accessibility

UCC has relatively easy access for wheelchair users. There's a portable ramp to enable the wheelchair to get past 3-4 steps from the street to the main door. Once inside everything is on the same level (ground floor) - performance room, bar and disabled-friendly toilets.

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