Born in Edinburgh in 1952, Ian Hardie has been playing the fiddle
since the age of six. Trained classically until his early teens,
he has been at the forefront of Scottish fiddling since the early
1970s and has always played in his own very Scottish style but with
an eclecticism which is reflected in much of his performance and
new compositions over the years.
This eclecticism is now taking on
another complexion with the late 2007 release of WESTRINGING,
an own-label CD recording of tunes
(many newly composed), in various altered tunings, drawing on the
old-time fiddle tradition of Appalachia.
As a founder member of the seminal Scots folk band Jock
Tamson's Bairns, Ian Hardie has been deeply involved in the Scottish
instrumental and song revival from the 1970s with the body of work
produced by The Bairns over the years being acknowledged as "a benchmark for others who aspire to understand and convey Scottish
traditional music in its finest guise”.
Ian Hardie has performed and recorded extensively over the years
as a soloist, with pianist Andy Thorburn and folk bands (other than
JTB), The Ghillies and Highland Connection.
Ian Hardie - Scottish Fiddle Musician Soloist & Composer
He is mostly involved nowadays in playing for dance
with top Edinburgh ceilidh band The Occasionals
and Highland reels and ceilidh trio The Ghillies
- with Duncan MacGillivray and Andy Thorburn
- plus some duo work with Duncan.
Ian is also well-known as a composer
with four albums
and three tune books of own composition
since 1986. Numerous other artists
play and have recorded his tunes. WESTRINGING
brings another dimension to this output and the CD includes his
commissioned for The Millennium Highland Festival.
Ian Hardie was editor of The Nineties Collection
, a signature volume of new traditional-style composition in Scotland in the 1990s, Ian Hardie was also integral to the two recordings featuring tunes from the Collection as well as touring the music with the five-piece version of The Ghillies.
For many years, Ian Hardie combined music with full then part time practice as a lawyer but since 2001 has been exclusively involved in music and enjoyment of the many benefits of life in the Scottish Highlands from his seaside home in Nairn.