Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced. His name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene. Alasdair's richly expressive playing transports listeners across a broad musical spectrum, ranging from haunting laments from the Gaelic tradition to classically-styled airs, raucous dance tunes, and improvisations based on traditional themes. His vast repertoire spans several centuries of Scottish music and includes his own compositions, which blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge musical explorations. Performing with his frequent collaborator, cellist Natalie Haas (returning to The Shedd this spring with Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio), Fraser weaves through their performances a warm and witty narrative, drawing from a deep well of stories and lore surrounding Scotland's musical heritage.