Regarding Bonnie's Pibroch playing:
"...Simply stunning musicianship."
- NEW YORK TIMES
she performs with staggering intensity. The music was a complete revelation to me. The first track, McDougall's Gathering, makes the viola sound like I've never heard it. The instrument speaks with a massive, mythic power.......
- Tom Service -
THE GUARDIAN, UK
"...Spectacular display of fiddling artistry..."
- WASHINGTON POST
"...stellar fiddling from an elegant master..."
"...the pibroch is a tour de force for Rideout, who cannily summons the sound of the Great Highland bagpipe with only bow and strings.""
- WASHINGTON POST
"Well worth waiting 200 years for."
- THE SCOTS MAGAZINE
"Rideout's fiddle playing is at the pinnacle of the piobaireachd art...an optimistic return!"
- THE SCOTSMAN
It's Here! New From Tulloch Music...
View the YouTube trailer here.
Internationally acclaimed Scottish fiddler BONNIE RIDEOUT
joins forces with renowned musicologist DR. JOHN PURSER
to present an exciting new double CD release honouring the 600th anniversary of the
famous battle at Harlaw - July 24, 1411. For centuries this battle
has been remembered in music and poetry depicting as many conflicting stories
as the battle itself.
For the first time in history prominent scholars and musicians from
Scotland, America, Canada, and France have collected the songs and stories
on a new, beautifully illustrated and comprehensive two CD project.
Disc one features Rideout's stellar fiddle playing of three
ancient piobaireach: The Battle of Harlaw, Cogadh no Sith (War or Peace), and The Battle of the Birds.
Fifteen of the world's finest Celtic musicians join Rideout on this musical journey including Glenuig
piping legend Allan MacDonald who sings and plays the powerful 500-year-old Gaelic incitement to the battle;
Andy Hunter sings the 16th-century ballad, accompanied by Bonnie, and William Taylor on Celtic harp;
and Elizabeth Stewart sings her commanding north-east Aberdeenshire version of the ballad. Several stunning
solo versions of the ancient melody Battel Harloe are performed by Billy Jackson - harp,
Ronn McFarlane -lute, Chris Norman - flute, Grant Herreid - theorbo, and more.
On the final track, Barnaby Brown plays triple pipes reconstructed from 1000 years ago, and with Bonnie
accompanying, creates a haunting and beautiful version of The Battle of the Birds.
On the Narration CD, award-winning broadcaster and Scottish music historian, John Purser, tells the story
of Harlaw and leads discussions with Elizabeth Stewart and Glasgow University Professor Alan Riach.
Elizabeth tells a ghost story from the battlefield itself passed down from her grandfather of the Northeast travelling folk.
The outstanding line-up of musicians accompanies the narration to create a beautiful and fascinating listening experience.
Recently from Bonnie Rideout...
"Rideout’s contribution to the sustaining and development the piobaireachd art form is unmatched;
and this CD is a landmark, not just in the history of Scotland’s music, but in the history of
music for stringed instruments. These are ambitious works. Their themes are carefully constructed,
and they are followed by extended variations, often thrilling in their technical demands; but their
beauty and intensity amply reward both the performer and the listener."
"...the gemstone is Rideout's Pibroch..."
New York Times
Dear Listeners and Friends,
Scotland's Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume II is now in the works. Volume I was launched a year ago with
a special one-hour feature by Fiona Ritchie on NPR's Thistle and Shamrock and three celebratory concerts.
The disc quickly sold out it's 1,000 unit run and is already in it's third pressing! Order up today and
find out why The Guardian, U.K. called it "...a complete revelation."
The list of performers participating in Bonnie's recording sessions continues to grow. Here is a sample
of some of the wonderfully talented musicians taking part in the last three projects (listed alphabetically).
We encourage you to visit their websites and see them in concert whenever and wherever possible!
Click on "Scrapbook" for photos of her travels and the sessions.
Bonnie has recently been re-elected to the board of Governors for the Washington D.C. National
Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). This will be her third consecutive term.
In addition to presenting the GRAMMY Awards, NARAS provides valuable services to communities
across the country. To learn more, follow this link:
Bonnie's music has been on the soundtracks of several PBS documentaries. (link to PBS here).
Currently she is on Ken Burns' new documentary "PROHIBITION".
Burns' recent series, "The National Parks, America's Best Idea"
also features Bonnie's fiddle and is a must see! Bonnie can be heard on three of his previous films.
Another interesting documentary is "Africans in America" on PBS and WGBH, Boston.
The soundtrack was composed and compiled by Bernice Johnson Reagon.
Bonnie's fiddling accompanied Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Also featured is Uilleann piper Jerry O'Sullivan who has toured with Bonnie for many years.
Mel Bay presents Bonnie's new book: The Scottish Fiddle Encyclopedia (MB99268).
This work is part of the publisher's ongoing Encyclopedia Series. A long awaited collection
representing thirty-five years of tunes from Bonnie's vast personal repertoire, The Scottish
Fiddle Encyclopedia includes 136 pages of fantastic tunes from the 18th century to the present.
Now available on Bonnie's website store.
For more Mel Bay music, click here.|
In collaboration with renowned strings educator, Bob Phillips,
Bonnie has written and compiled two full scores for jr. and high school orchestra. Published by Alfred Publishing, it has
become a hit in schools nation-wide.
Click here to order.|
Bonnie was recently honoured with the Flora MacDonald Award from St. Andrew's Presbyterian College for her contributions to the
arts and to the North American Scottish community. For more information please click HERE.
Ms. Rideout will not be touring in the 2011/2012 season, allowing her time and space to continue working
on Piobaireachd, Volume II. Also in the works is a project of all Slow Airs and Strathspeys and an additional musical
surprise which departs from Scotland, this time focusing on our American founding Father, George Washington!|
Find out why the Edinburgh SCOTSMAN wrote: "...her fiddle playing is at the height of the Pibroch art...an exceptional call
to the lamenting soul of the Highlander." STAY TUNED for ongoing individual performances and future CD releases!