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Bonnie Rideout Scotland's Fiddle Piobaireachd vol 1 (album)

Fiddle piobaireachd (pibroch) grew out of the centuries-old classical music of the great Highland bagpipes and the clarsach (Celtic harp).  The music is embedded in Scotland’s past and reflects a Celtic way of life still surviving today. 

Bonnie Rideout is the foremost performer in the world to seriously engage with this repertoire. The first written examples of fiddle piobaireachd are from the early 18th-century, and explore the potential of the fiddle in remarkable ways, with re-tuned strings, double-stops, new bowing patterns, and complex ornamentation similar to that used by pipers and in Gaelic song. Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd Volume 1. is a rare opportunity to experience this unique and beautiful music.

Bonnie Rideout's contribution to the development and sustaining of this remarkable art form is unmatched; and this project is a landmark, not just in the history of Scotland's music, but in the history of music for stringed instruments. 

Excellent sleevenotes by world-renowned Scottish musicologist Dr John Purser

''The gemstone is Rideout's pibroch.'' New York Times''
''... a complete revelation...'' The Guardian, U.K.
'' ...Stellar fiddling from an elegant master...'' Billboard.


William Jackson, Allan MacDonald, Chris Norman, Simon O' Dwyer, John Purser, Bonnie Rideout
Tune Types:
Fiddle pibroch
ca. 1 hour, 8 mins
Bonnie Rideout

Table of contents

  • MacDougall's Gathering
  • Lament forthe Bishop of Argyll
  • McGrigor's Search
  • Dargai
  • Bodaich nam Briogais
  • Lament for the Earl of Wigton
  • Marsail Lochinalie
  • The Selchie
  • Ion-do, ion-da


“...stellar fiddling from an elegant master...”


“Bonnie Rideout has assembled a stellar cast of friends old and new in this mighty venture, with the able assistance of musicologist John Purser. John is also the producer . . . This is a listening experience to be savoured. It is a most impressive and moving remembrance, to quote John Purser, ‘of the age old battle between war and peace’. This is a landmark recording.”

Geordie McIntyre, The Living Tradition, Issue 88.

“...a complete revelation...”

The Guardian

“The gemstone is Rideout’s pibroch...”

New York Times