Mac Ìle Launch at Islay Sessions

The Islay Sessions are absolutely thrilled to be hosting the launch of Fraser Shaw’s tune book. Fraser played an integral role in setting up this festival and it’s fitting that it’s attendees get the chance to see the book first. Mac Ìle: The Music of Fraser Shaw will contain 30 original compositions with chords, 10 pipe settings, stories, tributes and photographs. Lori and Innes Watson have been hard at work putting it all together, and we can’t wait to share it with the world! Get your pre-order here.

We’d like to thank everyone involved in bringing the book to completion: for your advice, images, contributions, stories, revisions, proofreading, and encouragement. This has been a very important project for us: both wonderful and painful in equal measure as we listened to recordings of Fraser playing his tunes for hours to finish the job we started together. We are very proud of him and his brilliant music and hope you enjoy learning and sharing his tunes, and the photos and stories too. Fraser wanted to make this book to raise funds for the Lochgilphead MS Therapy Centre, so please support them by getting your copy and spreading the word to music players and learners, and appreciators of Fraser Shaw. ” – Innes & Lori Watson

The tunes in this collection have a style of their own – a real identity – the hallmark of any great tunesmith. The tunes range from emotive and plaintive to rhythmical and driving, and they will be a joy to play for any instrumentalist. This is a wonderful legacy of Fraser – piper, musician and true gentleman.” - Fred Morrison

Special thanks to Creative Scotland’s Tasgadh fund administered by Fèisean nan Gàidheal for supporting this project.

The launch will take place in Bruichladdich Hall, November 18th, 8pm at the big Saturday night Islay Sessions concert. Acts on the night include Tannara, Joy Dunlop and Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter, and the book will be celebrated in style with some fine music, drams and cheer. Tickets will be available on the door, or via

The Trust are also honoured to sponsor the Islay Sessions workshops, in line with one of their purposes which is to help with the advancement of the arts and culture of Islay. Workshops will be led by fiddler Emma Tomlinson (The Routes Quartet) and can be booked by emailing [email protected]

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