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16 Feb 2018
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A Glint O’ Scottish Fiddle – Available on all formats now

Yes it is finally here, you can now listen to and buy A Glint O’ Scottish Fiddle on all platforms.

You can order it from my shop.

Price including Postage

Alternatively it’s available from my distributor, Proper Music.

Or Amazon and other third party websites.

If streaming is your thing, the album is on my Soundcloud page as well as Apple Music & Spotify.



04 Jan 2018
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January 2018 | Review from Bright Young Folk

The first review of A Glint o’ Scottish fiddle is in and it’s a lovely one!

Thanks to the great people at Bright Young Folk.

A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle is the third studio album from accomplished Scottish fiddle player, and Breabach founder, Patsy Reid. It’s a composition of both deft fiddle and more meandering, introspective pieces, all of estimable quality.

Accompanied by Alistair Iain Paterson on the piano, Reid weaves her way through a collection of Scottish fiddle tunes, both contemporary and traditional.

The album opens with a set of five traditional tunes, beginning with the gentle Strathearn. It’s a nice introduction to the subtle emotiveness of Reid’s playing, beginning as meandering and wistful and then evolving into something warmer, though still with that wistful edge.

The addition of Paterson’s piano is often a very welcome one. It is a relatively soft touch, never replacing Reid as the driving force. An uncontroversial choice but probably the better one, since any time spent focused on Paterson’s playing (lovely as it is) would detract from the real star of the show, Reid.

Paterson does add some welcome rhythm and depth however. The pairing and interplay between the two throughout the album sets A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle apart from other trad fiddle albums. The ninth set particularly, comprised of Niel Gow’s Wife, Miss Whiteford, Mrs Graham of Balgowan, and Miss Grant, features a veritable dance between the fiddle and piano parts.

The short of it is – Reid is really a very good fiddle player, as if there was any doubt, and is also a dab hand at collating complementary tunes into evocative sets. There’s perhaps room for the emotional peaks to be higher and the troughs to be lower, but there’s something to be said for subtlety and it is nevertheless a fine release.

James Motteram

22 Dec 2017
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Gift Vouchers Available Now!

Due to popular demand, I have made tuition gift vouchers available to purchase. Music tuition can be an excellent gift for those who are tricky to buy for and there are a wide range of instruments and topics they can choose from.

I teach at home in Perth, Scotland and can provide tuition in fiddle, classical violin, viola, cello, piano, composition, arranging, orchestration and music theory. For those living further afield, I am happy to teach via Skype or FaceTime.

For the aspiring techies, we also have a recording studio in-house, so if anyone is interested in learning about recording, production and generally making music on computers, then we can offer that too!

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01 Dec 2017
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Pre-order for Christmas!

A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle

I’m very happy to have made a new album, A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle and this one is for all the fiddle lovers out there! Featuring the wonderful Alistair Iain Paterson on piano, the album is a compilation of tunes that I have played for years and others that I literally found a couple of hours before going into the studio! Some are well kent and others may be new to you, with a handful of contemporary compositions in there by the likes of Donald Shaw, Phil Cunningham, Gráinne Brady and the late Angus R. Grant.

Pre-orders are available exclusively through this website from 1st – 20th December.



10 Nov 2017
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A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle

CTREC003 Well I have a nice piece of news to share! I decided the other week to record an album of beautiful and some-lesser-played Scottish fiddle tunes. I then made it, thanks to the very talented team of Alistair Iain Paterson, Jamie Pryke, Stuart Hamilton, James Morrison & Birnam CD, and it’s going to be arriving next week!

And you know what that means….it will be available exclusively at the Scots Fiddle Festival in Edinburgh next weekend (18th Nov & 19th Nov). It’s called ‘A Glint o’ Scottish Fiddle’.

Here is the track info for all you tune guzzlers….



16 Jul 2017
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Summer 2017 News

Hello there! Just a quick note to let you know some of what I’m getting up to this summer!

Cambridge Folk Festival & Festival Interceltique de Lorient


I’m so happy to be returning to the Cambridge Folk Festival after quite a few years. I’ll be playing with two very talented musicians and friends, Rachel Newton and Kate Young. The gigs are two days apart so I’m delighted to have the Saturday in-between to take in the music and catch up with everybody. Come and see us! Rachel’s 5-piece band show is on the main stage on Friday and Kate’s string trio will be on Stage 2 on Sunday. I’m sure the times will be published a wee bit nearer the time.


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If you haven’t bought tickets and fancy it, have a look at the amazing lineup and booking info.

The following weekend will take me to Brittany to play at the fantastic Festival Interceltique de Lorient. I’m particularly looking forward to this as we will be bringing Donald Shaw’s beautiful scores from the BBC Hebrides and Highlands TV series’ to life in Scotland’s Wild Heart, having never performed them live before. If you can’t make it to France, read on….


Scotland’s Wild Heart | Edinburgh Festival Fringe

This will be a mesmerising gig at the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh this summer. In fact there are 3 shows to choose from on 22nd and 23rd August. Watch the promo video below and get tickets!

Scotland’s Wild Heart – ‘In concert’ promo from Vertical Records on Vimeo.

Folk traditions meet orchestral grandeur in this audio-visual spectacular. A world-class ensemble led by award-winning composer/pianist Donald Shaw (Capercaillie) features the cream of Scotland’s musicians, including Patsy Reid (fiddle), Michael McGoldrick (flute and pipes), Sorren MacLean (guitars), James MacKintosh (percussion) and a handpicked string section led by Grit orchestrator Greg Lawson (fiddle). They will perform Shaw’s stunning soundtrack live to specially edited HD clips of the sublime Maramedia/BBC nature film Scotland’s Wild Heart, immersing you in the landscape and seasons of Scotland. Part of ‘One of the most beautiful films I have ever seen’ (Ewan McGregor).



28 Jul 2016
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New Album

I’ve been a bit quiet of late, working away on my next album of songs and tunes. We’re making it in-house; slow and steady, and I’ve been so lucky to have a fabulous array of musicians join me so far, including Ben Nichols on Double Bass, Marit Fält on Lötmandola, Alistair Iain Paterson on Harmonium & Keys, Mhairi Hall on Piano, Signy Jakobsdóttir on Percussion & Drums and Ewan MacPherson on Mandolin & Guitars.

There are no deadlines and I’m really enjoying taking my time to get it right! Check back soon for updates on a release!

30 Jun 2015
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First Solo Fringe Gig!

I’m very happy to tell you about my first solo appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

I’ll be joined by a wonderful band of Signy Jakobsdóttir (percussion), Ewan MacPherson (guitar & mandolin) and Alistair Iain Paterson (piano & harmonium).

We’re delighted to be playing in the fab Acoustic Music Centre and our slot is at 8pm on Wednesday 26th August.

It’d be really great to see lots of you there! To book and find out more, visit




05 May 2015
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Sweet Liberties

Sweetliberties_picI’m delighted to have been asked to be involved in what promises to be a hugely interesting and fulfilling collaboration later in the year.

As the UK marks a year rich in constitutional anniversaries, including 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta and 750 years since the Simon de Montfort parliament, four folk songwriters are invited to celebrate our pursuit of democracy.

BBC Folk Singer of the Year Nancy Kerr, Martyn Joseph, Sam Carter, and Maz O’Connor will compose new music in response to the rights and liberties that people have fought to achieve and protect over the past eight centuries.

They will consider milestone moments that mark the passage of key pieces of legislation, and also review moments when the aspiration for rights or liberties were articulated. To support the creative process, the artists will have access to the Parliamentary Archives and historians, together with folk material from the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

The four songwriters will be joined by musicians Patsy Reid and Nick Cooke for the culmination of the project – a UK tour in November 2015. The group will also perform at the Folk by the Oak festival in Hatfield in July 2016.

The project has been commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and Folk by the Oak in partnership with the Houses of Parliament’s 2015 anniversaries programme, Parliament in the Making. It is partly funded by the PRS for Music Foundation.

Tour Dates

Tues 24th November – Cambridge Junction

Wed 25th November – Colston Hall, Bristol

Thu 26th November – The Met, Bury

Fri 27th November – St David’s Hall, Cardiff

Sat 28th November – Cecil Sharp House, London

Sun 29th November – Sage, Gateshead


05 Mar 2015
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Spiral Awards 2015 Nomination


I’m absolutely delighted to announce that I’ve been nominated in the Musician of the Year category of the Spiral Earth Awards 2015. And it’s up to the public vote so from tomorrow (6th March 2015), you can vote for your favourites in the various categories.

Here’s a link to find out more and vote!