Alistair McCulloch
Alistair McCulloch celtic fiddler

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  • Iain and Shirley's Wedding and Farewell to Whalley Range 'I composed the first of these tunes for the marriage, on the 30th June 2001, of Iain and Shirley Cathcart of Kilwinning, both fine accordionists. Farewell to Whalley Range is a slip jig written by the renowned Mancunian flautist Michael McGoldrick.'

  • Magdalene Fjord and The Ook Pick Waltz 'The Beautiful Magdelene Fjord is situated near the north-western corner of Spitzbergen in the high Artic. Its spectacular jagged peaks are typical of those that inspired Dutch explorers to name the island Spitzbergen, which literally means 'pointed mountains'. I visited this region whilst performing aboard the Black Prince cruise liner. The Ook Pick Waltz in a American tune I first heard on a Boys of the Lough album.

  • Tom McKerron's Reel and Humors of Westport 'The outstanding Scots fiddler Charlie McKerron, who is a member of Capercaillie, wrote Tom McKerron's Reel for his uncle. Humors of Westport is a well known session tune from Ireland.

Wired Up

Wired Up

Highly Strung

highly strung CD

  • Eamon Gilmartin's Session and the Silver Spire 'The first tune has an Irish connection. Eamonn Gilmartin is a friend of mine from Portroe, Co. Tipperary and the tune was written after some great sessions in the Barge Inn, Garrykennedy. 'The Silver Spire' is a well known traditional Irish reel.'

  • Back Up and Push and the Crazy Creek Reel 'A couple of exciting reels which I picked up on a tour of Canada.'

  • Dargai 'Dargai is a pibroch style air commemorating the famous heights in India which were taken by the Gordon Highlanders in 1897.

1. The New Dawning.

2. The 5am Ceilidh.

3. Cabrach.

4. The Tivoli Waltz.

Own compositions

Alistair has been composing music for over ten years and around 30 of his tunes have been commercially recorded. A few examples of his work follow.

He has undertaken various commissions ranging from single tunes to an entire suite. If you are interested in Alisair's music and would like any further information please email.

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