Iain Macfarlane &
Together multi-instrumentalists, Iain & Ingrid create a sound which is reflective of the stunning, culture-rich Lochaber area they grew up in.
Based mainly on harp and fiddle, these stalwarts of the traditional music world combine rousing marches, jigs and reels with poignant slow airs and Gaelic songs of love and loss, giving the listener a unique insight into the culture, history and stories of the West Highlands.
“Stories of the derivation of tunes and recollections enrich MacFarlane’s superbly fluent, always expressive way with a melody” Rob Adams, Herald
“Ingrid complements the playing with intuitive insight adding colour but never overshadowing the lead instrument.” D. MacNeil, Folkmusic Radio
” a musician of quite outstanding calibre, a virtuoso in terms of sensibility….”
The Hendersons of Lochaber are custodians of a musical lineage stretching back several centuries. Originally pipers to the MacDonald’s of Glencoe (Clann Iain Abrach), the present generation, to which Ingrid belongs, have become widely known as fine instrumentalists and singers.
Ingrid was the youngest ever recipient of the Radio 2 Young Traditional Musician of the Year award, winning it at the tender age of thirteen and since then has cemented her position as one of the finest instrumentalists in Scotland today, playing with the likes of Gaelic supergroup Cliar, Blazin’ Fiddles and more recently with Margaret Stewart & the Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. She is principal harp tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and until recently lectured on the BA Gaelic and Music at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye. She is also much in demand as a Musical Director having worked on various BBC Alba television projects including the flagship Hogmanay Show, Ceilidh na Bliadhn’ Ùire.
Born and bred in the historical West Highland village of Glenfinnan, Iain MacFarlane has been immersed in Highland music and song all his days. From a young age he received tutelage on the bagpipes and fiddle from his father, Charlie and also from famed Loch Ness-side fiddler, Donald Riddell as well as Pipe Major Evan MacRae.
The world renowned Blazin’ Fiddles ensemble was the main stay of his performing work over the past twenty years but Iain has also been involved in musical collaborations with Boys of the Lough, Phil Cunningham, Iain MacDonald and the toe-tapping Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band. Iain and Ingrid also run Old Laundry Productions, a studio and music production company based in Glenfinnan which has produced award winning albums such as Duncan Chisholm’s ‘Farrar’ and Julie Fowlis’s ‘Dual’ .