Fraser Fifield

A compelling instrumentalist, described by the Sunday Herald as (having) “emerged as one of today's outstanding talents” and by Jazzwise magazine, “an outstanding product of the Scottish jazz-folk scene who at one moment can blow a low whistle like Charlie Parker steaming his way through ‘Ko-Ko’ and at the next knock out an air on a sax like a Highland traditionalist”. Fraser Fifield as a whistle/sax/bagpipe player has played with a list of well known Scottish folk bands and artists, meanwhile leading numerous other projects of his own, since the mid 1990s. 

Songlines magazine commented upon on, 'Stereocanto', “ it’s the interplay between intellectual construction, fleeting modal improvisations and sheer emotional sensuality of the music that makes this such a satisfying, and strikingly unified, piece of work”, while Folkradio.co.uk added, more recently: "To call a musician’s work ‘unique’ is a bold statement. However, if any musicians come close, then Fraser Fifield would be among them. The originality of his work, the breadth of his inspiration, scope of invention and variety of instruments he uses to create his music make him unique – and one of Scotland’s most enthralling artists". 

6 albums of original instrumental music by Fraser Fifield are available:

Honest Water 2001

Slow Stream 2005

Traces of Thrace 2008

Stereocanto 2009

Esotero 2013  

'In Buenos Aires' 2017

A multi-instrumentalist, Fraser plays highland pipes, border pipes, low whistles, soprano saxophone and kaval. 

 

'Hands Up for Trad' presented Fraser an 'Ignition Award', for 'innovation in the field of traditional Scottish music' in Feb 2015.  

"At heart, Fifield is a melodist and his gifts as such are here in abundance - filed under adventure!" The Herald