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The Music of Fraser Shaw – Islay CD Launch Party

Fraser Shaw, originally from Glasgow, lived on Islay where he worked in the Port Charlotte Hotel. He was a great musician but very sadly passed away in May 2015 after battling with MS. He is still missed by many from near and far. Later in that same year the Fraser Shaw Trust was set up by family and friends. Their website states: "The foremost aim of the Fraser Shaw Trust is to raise money for the relief of multiple sclerosis, particularly in Argyll, Scotland, through a series of projects and events celebrating the late Fraser Shaw and his music. Proceeds are also used for the advancement of education, arts and culture in Scotland, particularly on the Isle of Islay."

A few years before Fraser's passing, he had it in mind to release a book of his own compositions, the proceeds of which would go towards the MS Care Centre in Lochgilphead, Scotland. Unfortunately, due to his illness, this never came to fruition. Over the last year and a half, the Trust have been working hard to bring this idea to life and release Fraser's much anticipated tunebook, along with an album comprised of Fraser's music. In November 2015 a group of musicians gathered on Islay, to play a special memorial concert at Fraser's festival, The Islay Sessions, thus laying the groundwork for the album. In January 2016 at Celtic Connections this same group of musicians, “The Islay Sessioners” as they called themselves, performed this music as part of Islay Night, a concert that both celebrated the music and culture of Islay, and the tunes of Fraser Shaw. Continue reading...

Recording for the new CD started in September 2016 and finished this year. The CD features many songs from the Islay Night concert and a special feature of the album is Fraser himself playing whistle for his slow air "Air Chall". The official launch party will be held on Islay on the 27th of June in Bruichladdich Hall, although the CD is already for sale in several places on Islay such as Bruichladdich Distillery, Roys in Bowmore and the Port Charlotte Hotel. Tickets for the launch party and concert in Bruichladdich Hall can be purchased via Event Brite. Below is a tune from the CD which was originally posted on the Fraser Trust Facebook page including a pre-order link.

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