Bruce MacGregor is one of Scotland’s most celebrated and accomplished fiddle players. Taught by the great Donald Riddell CBE, Bruce’s style encapsulates the finest points of Highland fiddle music – bold and rugged at times, lyrical and beautiful at others.
For Bruce, the essence of Scottish fiddle music lies in its ability to retain its heart and soul, whilst displaying diversity and a sense of adventure that, when brought together, make it truly unique in terms of traditional music.
Bruce is probably best known as founder and driving force behind the multi award winning Blazin’ Fiddles. He also toured and recorded with the first incarnation of Gaelic supergroup Cliar.
As well as a touring musician Bruce’s composing skills have seen his work commissioned for TV, radio and stage. He also features on many soundtracks across television and radio.
“Bruce MacGregor has something of the Midas touch. This has nothing to do with luck; it has everything to do with a deep love and affinity for his music and a unique talent.”
Fiddle On Magazine
Bruce is no stranger to the recording studio. As well as five Blazin’ Fiddles albums, as a member of Gaelic group, Cliar, he recorded 3 critically acclaimed albums; three of his own solo albums; an album celebrating the music of his teacher, Donald Riddell; ‘Sonas’ as part of MacGregor, Brechin and O’ hEadhra, and the debut album from the mighty Unusual Suspects.
He set up the award winning fiddle school, Blazin’ in Beauly, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010, and started Northern Roots, a roots music festival held at the adventure farm that he now runs. He and Yvonne Murray, have set up Northern Roots Events which manages Bogbain Farm, a music, wedding, and festival venue on the outskirts of Inverness, as well as two new festivals – Brew at the Bog and the Inverness Whisky Festival.
Previously a Captain of Edinburgh University Rugby Club and Highland RFC, Bruce has retired from playing his beloved rugby on 52 separate occasions and refuses to throw his boots out, despite the creaking bones and failing eyesight.
Bruce MacGregor was named as the new presenter of BBC Radio Scotland‘s flagship folk show, Travelling Folk in 2010.
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