Here it is, the official video for ‘Doddie’s Dream’!
The single will be available to buy this Friday with all proceeds going to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation. Pre-order the single here: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/doddies-dream-feat-nicola-benedetti-sharon-shannon/1556909643
Blazin’ Fiddles and The Scottish Folk Orchestra featuring Nicola Benedetti release charity single for Doddie ‘Doddie’s Dream’ will raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation
A star-studded line-up of some of the most revered musicians on the international folk scene, alongside classical violinist Nicola Benedetti, have teamed up to release a charity video and single in aid of the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
Set for release on Friday 12 March 2021 and featuring a host of famous faces, the track entitled ‘Doddie’s Dream’ was composed by renowned Blazin’ Fiddles member and BBC Radio Scotland broadcaster Bruce MacGregor, and recorded remotely in different locations throughout Scotland, Ireland and America.
Led by Scottish supergroup Blazin’ Fiddles, the musical scrum entitled Blazin’ Fiddles and the Scottish Folk Orchestra features an array of special guests, including Grammy Award-winning Nicola Benedetti who records exclusively for Decca Classics, Irish accordion legend Sharon Shannon and American Dobro master Jerry Douglas.
Doddie Weir, OBE said: “What a beautiful piece of music – it really is special, and I am so humbled to think these world class and brilliantly talented musicians have all been part of this. I’d like to thank everyone involved and of course especially Bruce, he’s a better fiddler than rugby player! If ever we needed some uplifting music, it is now, and my old teammate Stewart Campbell has produced a fantastic film to accompany the music. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!”
Whilst taking part in the challenge, Bruce MacGregor decided he would write and record a track with fellow musicians in a bid to raise more money for the charity, he said: “I was lucky enough to play a bit of rugby and even managed to squeeze into a squad with Doddie at student level. I have been so inspired by the big man’s approach to dealing with this disease, he’s incredible. So, whilst cycling out by Loch Ness last month as part of Doddie Aid, I had this idea of doing a charity single with a whole host of fellow musicians playing along with me and the Blazers. The tune has a real positive lift to it and hopefully it fits in with that amazing collective spirit that was on display during Doddie Aid in January. All sales of the track are going to Doddie’s Charity so I hope everyone gets behind it and we can raise as much money as possible for this brilliant cause.”
Nicola Benedetti said: “It is a total honour to perform with such an incredible line up of folk musicians and for such an important cause. All the proceeds will go to Doddie’s Charity which helps fellow sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease and funds much needed research into this cruel illness. I hope everyone enjoys our wee tune and helps us to raise awareness of MND.”
Joining the prestigious line-up is revered songstress Julie Fowlis, highly acclaimed composer and fiddle player Duncan Chisholm, fiddle and accordion duo Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, musician and composer Donald Shaw, BBC Take the Floor Presenter and member of Mànran Gary Innes, Megan Henderson, Ewan Robertson and James Lindsay of Breabach, Skerryvore’s Martin Gillespie and Scott Wood, BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad winner Ali Levack, piper and whistle player Ross Ainslie, fiddle and cello duo Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Iain Sandilands on percussion, harp and fiddle duo Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson, Douglas Montgomery and Brian Cromarty on fiddle and cittern, multi-award winning concertinist Mohsen Amini, member of Treacherous Orchestra and Session A9 Adam Sutherland and Scots fiddle maestro Paul Anderson.
The My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was launched in November 2017 by Scottish Rugby legend Doddie Weir OBE after being diagnosed with motor neurondisease. The charity strives to help fellow MND sufferers and fund research into the currently incurable disease. In January this year, the charity launched Doddie Aid which saw over 30,000 participants running, walking and cycling to rack up miles for their chosen district and ultimately raising over £1 million for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The single was recorded, mixed and mastered at Gran’s House studio by Angus Lyon & Chris Waite. The video was created by former Scotland rugby internationalist Stewart Campbell at Tigershark TV.
The track will be available to buy & download on Friday 12 March 2021 with all proceeds going to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.
The single is available to pre-order on iTunes and pre-save on Spotify, buyers can go to www.facebook.com/blazinfiddles for more information.
Individuals can donate directly to the foundation via the website: www.myname5doddie.co.uk
We hope you're enjoying the first weekend of this year's virtual Celtic Connections as much as we are, fantastic to see some of our favourite musicians and bands back on the stage making music!
We're about to join in the fun, and from this Monday - Thursday we'll be hosting live online teaching classes as part of the festival! They'll run from 6 - 7.30 every evening (finishing just in time to catch the night's concert) and are open to everybody, from beginners to the more advanced. We'll finish the week with our gig which goes out on Friday 22nd, and follow that with a wee zoom session - byob, everybody welcome!!
If you can't make the live classes (or you're just hungry for more!) we also have prerecorded video bundles of tunes by every member of the band, that you can watch at your own pace.
Gig/festival ticket: celticconnections.com
BlaZoom in Beauly ticket: blazininbeauly.com/online-2021
We're absolutely thrilled to announce that we'll be back performing on the BBC One Hogmanay Show this year!
What a way to round off 2020...
Thoroughly delighted to bring you our Spring dates for 2020!
We'll be spending our tour mostly down in England this time, with a brief stop in Scotland on the way home.
Word is just in that both Sage Gateshead and Wiltshire Music Centreare VERY close to being sold out, so please get in there quick to avoid disappointment!
See you along the way folks!
Last August, we had the time of our lives touring about the homeland seeing you all. So much so, we’ve decided to do it all again this year! This August we’ll be joined by sensational Scots singer Emily Smith, for a run of dates from Inverness down to Dumfries.
Get your tickets quick folks. Word has it Emily might bring an accordion… but don’t let that put you off. ?
See you in August!
14th & 21st Aug - The Queen’s Hall, EDINBURGH
15th Aug - Eden Court, INVERNESS
16th Aug - The Old Fruitmarket, GLASGOW
17th Aug - Music Hall, ABERDEEN
18th Aug - Festival Theatre, PITLOCHRY
22nd Aug - The Albert Halls, STIRLING
23rd Aug - Easterbrook Hall, DUMFRIES
It has been quite a year and we are thrilled that so many of you have joined us as we celebrate 20 years.
Opening the year at Celtic Connections and welcoming back old members was a true highlight, huge thanks to Donald Shaw for the invitation and of course the gang; Iain McFarlane, Allan Henderson, Aidan O’Rourke, Duncan Chisholm, Catriona Macdonald, Andy Thorburn & Marc Clement - what a lineup, we’ll have to do that again one day!
In true Blazers style, we couldn’t stop at one party….Oban Live, Eden Festival, HebCelt, Cambridge Music Festival. Assnyt & Frome - Thank you ALL for being part of the story - you, the tickets buyers and of course the festival organisers behind the scenes, it has been so memorable and we have loved every minute.
As the summer season continues we are about to embark on probably one of the most exciting collaborations. A one-off series of concerts in Scotland where we will be joined by the one and only Karen Matheson
Songs and tunes, old and new - join us as we take a trip down memory lane along side the stunning vocals of one of the jewels in Scotland’s crown.
24th 25th - The Queens Hall, Edinburgh
29th - Eden Court, Inverness
30th - The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen
31st - The Albert Halls, Stirling
1st - Concert Hall, Perth
2nd - The Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow
www.blazinfiddles.com/gigs for tickets
Blazin' Fiddles celebrate 20 years of touring and recording in 2018 and are delighted to honour this birthday with a string of special performances throughout Scotland with special guest singer Karen Matheson.
Having performed our premiere 20th anniversary gig at Celtic Connections in January, we can’t wait to take to the road to continue the celebrations during the late summer months.
Visit our Gigs page for tickets.
We're delighted to officially launch Blazin' in Beauly 2018! This year we welcome Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas as our guest fiddle and cello tutors.
You can get all the informations about the week over at www.blazininbeauly.com