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Aly Bain


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Aly Bain MBE (born 15 May 1946 in Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland) is a reknowned Shetland fiddler, learning his instrument from the old-time master Tom Anderson. Considered one of the finest fiddlers in the Scottish tradition, he became nationally prominent as a founding member of Boys Of The Lough, with whom he played for 30 years.

He has worked on several international television series, regularly collaborates with prominent musicians from across the globe, and occasionally records as a solo musician. Since 1988 he toured and recorded as the duo Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham.

In 1993 his autobiography “Fiddler on the Loose” was published by “Mainstream”.

He received an MBE in 1994 for his musical accomplishments. He also has received five honorary Doctor of Music (DMus) degrees, including ones from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and from the University of St Andrews (in 2003). In addition, on the 27th November 2007, Aly - along with Phil Cunningham - were awarded Doctor of Letters from Glasgow Caledonian University for their contributions to music and to the education and encouragement of young musicians.

In 2006, he was inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

In 2007, he and Phil celebrated their 20th anniversary of touring as a fiddle and accordion duo.


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  • escocial

    I've got a spare ticket to see him in Bury tomorrow night if anyone is interested give me a shout. Have it for nothing I'd just rather it was used as I'm not sure if I'll find somebody interested before tomorrow. Should be a great nights fiddle music with special guests!

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • telswood

    what a legend.

    5 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Falahk

    saw him live a cuple of years back, probebly one of the best fiddle players around....

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • grendelis

    kinda helped slide a drunken Aly down the spiral staircase at Edinburgh Uni's Teviot Union back in the 90s. Shame he's a drunk.

    6 Dec 2007 Reply

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