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Fyvie's Embrace

Stirring slow airs and lively reels from Scotland's musical heritage and performed by one of the world's most acclaimed fiddlers, Chris Duncan, and highly accomplished musicians Catherine Strutt and Julian Thompson.

Winner of the Best World Music Album at the 2000 ARIA Awards.

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The Red House

Reels, jigs and airs from the rich tradition of Scottish fiddle playing, performed by Australian fiddle virtuoso Chris Duncan with pianist Catherine Strutt and cellist Julian Thompson.

This is the second recording for ABC Classics by Chris Duncan, Catherine Strutt and Julian Thompson. In The Red House, they again reveal their passion and genius for the vibrant music of Scotland with arrangements of tunes both ancient and modern.

Winner of the National Film and Sound Archive Best Folk Recording 2007.

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"Fyvie's Embrace-The Golden Age of the Scottish Fiddle,..The hardest thing with this disc is to stop playing it.", C.D. of the week, Roger Covell, Sydney Morning Herald, Sept. 1999

"....Duncan's fiddling is superlative in intonation and technique...I've heard a lot of Scottish traditional fiddle playing. He stands out. He's much better than most that I've ever heard. I've been listening and writing about music critically for half a century...I'm not easily impressed.."Roger Covell, Australian Story, ABCTV,Oct. 1999

"Chris and Catherine gave us the most amazing evening..magic. Big THANKYOU." Scottish Country Dancer, Epping, Sydney, 2005

"We would highly recommend Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt as wedding musicians. Their flexibility and professionalism were second to none and their music will live in our hearts forever." Peter and Ruth Tapp, Newcastle, Aug., 2004

"... Catherine's sensitive piano accompaniment has become an integral part of the Chris Duncan sound..." Jan Nary, National Folk Festival publicist, Highland Gathering, April, 2000

" I'm a mechanic by trade and I've got to be at work at 7.30am tomorrow!", Quote of the Week, WHO magazine at the ARIA awards, Nov. 2000

"Chris and Catherine made our wedding ceremony unique with their distinctive musical talent and their professionalism. Neither of us is from a Scottish background but the music we chose from their vast repertoire was uplifting and joyous and exactly matched the mood we wanted for our ceremony. We thank them so much for bringing an air of elegance and individuality to our wedding." Michael and Elizabeth Preston, Hunter Valley, Feb. 2004

"It has been an enormous pleasure to work with you both...huge thankyou for your brilliant music." David Banney

"(Fyvie's Embrace) is a disc that should be recognized as one of the great recordings of Scottish fiddle music" Graham McDonald, Canberra Times, July, 2000

"By far the best act at the festival.." audience member at The National Folk Festival, 2007.

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