Twenty years ago this summer, the first issue of Penguin Eggs surfaced on the Internet. This publication continues to be bursting with features, interviews, news and reviews from the traditional scene and the current summer special 20th Anniversary Issue (No.78) is no exception. Read Roddy Campbell’s full review of Sandwood, accessible via the publication here, as […]
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Duncan has been invited to perform at the Millenium Hall, Egerton toward the end of October 2018. Known for its triennial summer music festival, Egerton continues to invite musicians to perform between festivals whilst promoting the arts in the Kent area. Duncan will perform as part of a quartet including Conal McDonagh, Ali Hutton and Megan […]
In midsummer week, BBC Radio 3 enters one of the most potent sources of the human imagination. Into the Forest (BBC R3 daily between 630-9am, 18 – 22 June) explores the enchantment, escape and magical danger of the forest in summer, with slow radio moments featuring the sounds of the forest, allowing time out from today’s […]
RUNRIG: THE LAST DANCE Duncan is thrilled to be performing with Julie Fowlis at Runrig’s The Last Dance concerts in Stirling on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th August. Duncan has been a huge fan of Runrig over their career and feels privileged to be a part of this weekend, celebrating Runrig, their music, and their legacy. […]
Sandwood is now on general release, available to buy / stream / download, worldwide. Please do visit our ‘Shop‘ where you can purchase the album in CD or download format. Enjoy the music….
We are delighted to let you know that Sandwood will be on general release, available to buy / stream / download, worldwide from Friday 27 April 2018. For those of you who are keen to listen now, please do visit our ‘Shop’ where you can purchase the album in CD or download format. Enjoy the […]
We are delighted to announce additional tour dates as Duncan presents music from the new album in venues and festivals throughout the U.K. and beyond. Duncan and the band look forward to performing in the north of England during June 2018 in Reeth, Ulverston and Manchester. Please see our Live page for ticket information. Thank […]
14-18 NOW have unveiled their 2018 season of extraordinary arts events focusing on WW1 Centenary Art Commissions. This programme of events features brand new artworks by some of the world’s leading contemporary artists which will be presented during the lead up to Armistice Day 2018. As part of this significant programme of events 14-18 NOW have […]
The world premiere of Bothy Culture & Beyond; a music-vision-dance-bike spectacular featuring The GRIT Orchestra and Danny MacAskill will be performed at The Hydro, Glasgow on Saturday, January 27th as part of the Celtic Connections Festival 2018. The GRIT Orchestra presented their unforgettable debut at the opening concert of Celtic Connections 2015. Comprising around 80 […]
To all those who have purchased tickets to join us at the Royal Concert Hall’s New Auditorium on February 4th for the sold-out premiere performance of music from Duncan’s brand new album, Sandwood, thank you for your support. Please do visit the bursting special anniversary programme for Celtic Connections 2018 to see the wealth of […]
Duncan Chisholm is one of Scotland’s most recognised and accomplished fiddle players and composers. Born and brought up near Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland, Duncan has spent most of his life developing his unique musical voice. Fiddle playing at its best, Duncan’s feather-light handling of dynamics and ornamentation, allied with his pure-distilled tone, lend his characteristic spine-tingling magic to his music.
Taught to play by the great Donald Riddell, few can match Duncan’s expressive feel for a Highland air. Duncan’s well-established musical career has taken him throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, both through his solo work and while playing with other musicians and bands. Duncan plays regularly with gaelic singing sensation Julie Fowlis, sets the heather on fire with his folk rock band Wolfstone and is much sought after as a composer and accompanist.
Duncan’s latest release Live at Celtic Connections, was recently awarded ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards in December 2014. Performed at an exclusive concert as part of the world famous Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Duncan recorded this special event where he played music from his acclaimed Strathglass Trilogy of albums, as part of a six piece traditional band who were backed by an orchestral ensemble.
The culmination of six years work, The Strathglass Trilogy – Farrar, Canaich and Affric, is Duncan’s musical representation of the ancient Chisholm Clan lands. With such a personal interest in and connection to these Highland glens, Duncan has worked hard to instil great pride and passion into three individual but very much connected musical masterpieces. This unique and inspired idea of producing a suite of fiddle music recordings, influenced by one of the most beautiful wilderness areas of Scotland, gives a solid representation of Duncan’s ability to get right to the heart of a tune, and communicate the emotion behind it, in what seems a totally natural way.
Duncan’s first solo album, Redpoint catapulted his solo career into the public eye. The Door of Saints closely followed Redpoint; a beautiful album inspired by the music of Northern Spain. Duncan then embarked on his Strathglass Trilogy, mixing traditional tunes with contemporary sounds. Having composed music for several BBC documentaries and written more than half of the tunes presented on his latest release, Duncan has been labelled “the new sound of traditional Scotland.”
“My creative world widens with each passing year and the possibilities for self-expression are limitless. Enjoy the music.” Duncan Chisholm.