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Sarah-Jane Summers

“destined to stand with the great Scottish fiddlers” (folkwords)
“performed exquisitely…soaring, sonorous, ringing & richly textured” (fRoots)

Known for her breathtakingly beautiful and expressive fiddle and Hardanger fiddle playing, Sarah-Jane Summers was brought up steeped in the old Highland style. Taught by the late Donald Riddell – who learnt his fiddling from a relative of hers - Sarah-Jane recently released the tuition DVD, Highland Strathspeys for Fiddle, containing 5 progressive lessons for lower intermediate to advanced players.
Running at 82 minutes long, it takes an in-depth look at how to bow, ornament and phrase 5 Highland strathspeys, and includes beautiful scenery, old photographs, Gaelic song, and dance.

Sarah-Jane’s debut CD, Nesta, was released in 2008 to rave reviews: “breathtaking… pure beauty” (folkwords), “a deft touch and lyrical grace” (The Scotsman).
A founder member of Norwegian-Scottish band, Fribo, Sarah-Jane has toured extensively and performed at major festivals such as WOMAD, Celtic Connections, Much in demand as a fiddle tutor, Sarah-Jane teaches regularly worldwide. Previously director and head tutor at the RSMAD Junior Academy traditional music course in Glasgow, Sarah-Jane is currently based in Oslo, where she is undertaking a Masters degree in Norwegian folk music.

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