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Alistair McCulloch is one of the most sought after fiddlers in Scotland today, both as performer and teacher. His versatility and breadth of repertoire have kept him at the forefront of the tradition for over 15 years.

Six months in the making, Alistair's long awaited third album 'Four Seasons In One Day' was released in August 2009. The beautifully textured recording captures Alistair's playing at its best, with renewed freshness combined with supreme musicianship.

Four Seasons in One Day
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Trip to New Zealand & Australia

Huge thanks to all students and staff for making me so welcome at the 2014 Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle at Camp Kaitoke, New Zealand – www.shissf.com. Great end of camp gig! Thanks also to everyone who supported my concerts in Australia - a brilliant experience and it was a pleasure to work with Catherine Fraser (fiddle), Duncan Smith (piano) and Renata Bratt (cello).

Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week

Delighted to be one of the 28 tutors at this year's Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week (13th - 20th July) in North Carolina, USA. Looking forward to teaming up with some amazing fiddlers -Brian MacNeil (my old boss!), Martin Hayes, Liz Carroll, Kimberley Fraser, Colin Farrell and Liz Knowles.



  • 10th - 17th August 2013 - tutoring at the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School, USA
  • 4th Sep 2013 - Craigmonie Centre, Drumnadrochit (with Loch Ness Strings)
  • 5th Sep 2013 - Bettie Church, Fochabers (with Fochabers Fiddlers)
  • 6th Sep 2013 - Sabl Mor Ostaig, Armadale, Skye
  • 7th Sep 2013 - Aros Centre, Portree, Skye
  • 25th Sep 2013 - BBC live broadcast in Aberdeen for opening of Her Majesty's Theatre
  • 28th Sep 2013 - Innovation Gaiety Theatre, Ayr (with Alistair MacDonald)
  • 18th October – Warsaw, Poland David Vernon
  • 27th Oct 2013 - Adjudicating Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship, Blair Castle
  • 23rd Mar 2014 – Workshop and performance at Lochwinnoch Arts Festival
  • 17th Apr - 6th May 2014 NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA
    • 19th - 26th Apr - Tutoring Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle
    • 26th Apr - Concert Genesis Energy Theatre, Upper Hutt, NZ
    • 27th Apr - Concert Somervell Church, Aukland, NZ
    • 30th Apr - Concert Promethean, Adelaide, AU
    • 1st May - Concert Strathalbyn, AU
    • 2nd May - Concert Castlemaine, AU
    • 3rd May - Concert Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, AU
    • 4th May - Concert Benalla, AU
  • 24th May 2014 – Innovation in concert at Glasgow University Union Debating Chamber
  • 13th - 20th July 2014 - Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week, North Carolina
    • 4th Aug - Ceilidh Place, Ullapool
    • 5th Aug - Old Bridge Inn, Aviemore
    • 6th Aug - Colonsay Village Hall
    • 7th Aug - Abbotsford Hotel, Ayr
  • 13th Aug 2014 – Linlithgow Palace (Iain Cathcart SDB)
  • 9th – 12 Oct 2014 – Shetland Accordion & Fiddle Festival
  • 28th Nov 2014 – Warsaw (David Vernon)
  • 26th & 27th Mar 2015 - Shetland trip (Iain Cathcart SDB)


Boston Harbor Fiddle School
Thank you to everyone involved for a fantastic week on Thompson Island - the music was great and the craic even better! Special thanks to Marcie Van Cleave and Carolyn Ramm for making it all possible. Great to work with the other international tutors, Catherine Fraser and Kevin Henderson - lots of photos on my Facebook Page.

Skype lessons
I am pleased to announce that I am now offering Skype lessons. Visit the online shop for details.

Youtube TV Channel
I have recently set up the Alistair McCulloch channel on YouTube which includes some performance and composition footage. Feel free to subscribe to the channel.

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Traditional Music Graded Exams
Alistair has been working for several months on the syllabus review for the exams which will include a refreshed repertoire and updated supporting tests for fiddle, accordion and harp. The new syllabus will be launched in Autumn 2014. For further info visit - www.rcs.ac.uk/jr/tmge

All material copyright Alistair McCulloch 2013. Alistair is leader of one of the top Ceilidh bands in Scotland