A talented musician’s fiddle will be smoking by the end of next year’s Celtic Connections after she plays her heart out at a string of concerts and gigs.
Marie Fielding (45) will leave her home in Rumford at the end of January and head for the world-renowned traditional music festival in Glasgow.
She will launch her new album ‘Antra’ at the “Heart of Dingle” night in the Mitchell Library on January 25, then jam with a whole host of musicians at a Box and Fiddle event in Glasgow Concert Hall on January 28, before rounding off her festival experience with a live BBC radio broadcast of a “Take the Floor” session on February 2.
Edinburgh-born Marie is no stranger to busy musical schedules, she has made a living out of her music since she was a teenager as a player and now also a teacher.
“I come from a musical family,” she said. “There was always lots of different music around the house - my dad was into big bands and I think I was subconsciously learning about music while I was growing up.
“I started playing the fiddle when I was 10 and began gigging at the age of 15. I was still at school when I realised this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
“It was the enjoyment of playing - I didn’t find it difficult. It just felt natural and normal and the more I did it the more I wanted to do it and the better I got.” Marie became a full-time professional musician at the age of 17, joining the famous Jim Johnstone Scottish Dance Band and playing a ton of concerts at prestigious venues for 12 years before following her own musical path.
“I gained a lot of experience with that band,” said Marie. “But things have changed so much, you have to be able to multi-task to make a living from music now. And I wanted to do something a little bit different.”
This new direction led to her first album ‘The Executive Club’, which mixed Fielding original compositions with traditional tunes – a sign Marie wanted to establish her own musical identity and reputation, but was also striving to keep the music she loves alive for future generations.
In an effort to sustain interest in traditional tunes, she also plays in a trio called Tribute and has released an album of classic numbers from Jimmy Shand and other Scottish legends.
“People like to hear songs they know, but I also like to play my own material alongside those old tunes from years gone by.”
Marie is also keeping the traditional music torch burning through her teaching – at Stirling’s Tolbooth and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow – but she still has time to continue her own career when not inspiring future talent.
“I went over to Ireland to work on an album with some musicians there - we wanted to make it a real blend of Scottish and Irish music. We brought the recording back to Scotland and that’s what I will be launching at Celtic Connections.”
“The Heat of Dingle” night on January 25, which features music from the new album ‘Antra’, kicks off at 7.30 p.m.
Visit www.mariefieldingmusic.com for more on Marie and log onto www.celticconnections.com for ticket information.