Nestling on the banks of the River Tay, Perth indeed merits the name of “The Fair City”. Steeped in Scottish history and adjacent to Scotland’s ancient capital, Scone, crowning seat of Scotland’s early Kings, Perth provides the ideal backdrop for the latest DVD release from the SFO.
The DVD was recorded in Perth Concert Hall.
With conductor, Blair Parham, and leader, Bill Cook, the recording has all the musical ingredients which have made the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra known the world over. From foot-tapping fiddling to stirring songs of Scotland, the programme provides a musical feast which is guaranteed to grab your attention from beginning to end.
Thrill to the brilliant reels and jigs played by the massed orchestra.
Lose yourself in the haunting melodies of SFO soloist, Yla Steven, and the sheer beauty of Colette Ruddy’s singing – surely one of Scotland’s finest voices. Never one to be forgotten, tenor, Dennis Haggerty, entertains and sings as only he can. For good measure, the Clark sisters perform their own graceful dance arrangements.
The sound of the pipes is always one to raise the hairs on the back of the neck.
Vale of Atholl Pipe Band do not disappoint, with their contribution to the recording confirming their standing as one of the country’s finest piping ensembles.
The SFO’s annual visit to Perth is not one to miss and this record of our 2016 concert – compered by Robert Lovie (who was celebrating his first anniversary with the orchestra) – includes all the elements which made it such a memorable evening for us and, we hope, for you too.
How can you get your copy of the SFO In the Fair City?
With a total running time of just under 1 hour 30 minutes, the DVD includes traditional favourites – such as The Eightsome Reel set (probably the overall 2nd-favourite among the SFO’s audience) and MacPherson’s Farewell – as well as more modern classics by composers including Ronnie Cooper, Dave Richardson and Phil Cunningham.