Alastair is originally from Ayrshire and has performed throughout the world as a traditional and classical performer. He was winner of the Land O’ Burns Scots fiddle competition in his youth alongside studying classical violin at the Royal Scottish Academy Of Music And Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire) and at the Royal Academy Of Music in London. He has been a member of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra since 1997 with whom he has toured Japan, China, USA, South America and throughout Europe, as well as appearing as a traditional fiddle soloist with broadcasts on BBC Radio 3, Radio Scotland and on national radio in the USA.
Glasgow-based fiddle player Alastair has recently released his 6th solo album, Tunes From The River, which features a number of celebrated musicians from the folk music world and previous recording projects include a critically acclaimed unaccompanied album, Alone With History, recorded at Crathie Kirk in Royal Deeside. His performances feature a mixture of music from great fiddle composers of centuries past including Niel Gow, William Marshall and James Scott Skinner as well as many of Alastair’s own compositions. As a composer his music has been used by BBC Alba for documentary purposes and he was shortlisted in 2021 for the Scottish Awards In New Music. As a session musician he has worked with many top artists crossing different musical genres including Belle and Sebastian, Karen Matheson, Justin Currie, Ricky Ross and legendary Scottish band The Whistlebinkies.