Media Release: Loch Ness shores inspire fiddling composer


A FIDDLER and composer, who has played with Runrig and Franz Ferdinand, has recently published a book of self-penned tunes.

Inspired by where he comes from on the south shores of Loch Ness, Adam Sutherland’s ‘Errogie Collection’ was launched at the Fiddle 2016: Scots Fiddle Festival, in Edinburgh.

Twice-nominated composer of the year at the Scots Trad Music Awards, Adam is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers.

He has been part of groups such as The Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, Peatbog Faeries, Babelfish and Croft no. 5, and has played with many other top acts, including Salsa Celtica and Manran.

Well-known photographer, Somhairle MacDonald, has illustrated the book with beautiful photos of the Errogie area to complement the new compositions.

Adam’s tunes have been recorded in many different parts of the world including Canada, USA, Ireland, Spain, Russia and even Korea, and also by artists including Brian Finnegan (Flook), Mike McGoldrick, Troy MacGillivray, Breabach, and many others.

Brian Finnegan said: “Adam has been one of my very favourite tunesmiths for the past 15 years. Every tune he writes flows with heart, he has a frequency all of his own.”

Adam is a highly sought after teacher and loves to share his love of tunes and fiddling. He has been developing his own ‘Adam Sutherland School of Fiddle’ – a touring ‘pop-up’ fiddle school established in 2015 – currently teaching weekend workshops across Scotland. He is also running masterclasses in USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and sees The Errogie Collection as a readymade resource in for his Fiddle schools.

Christine Martin from publisher, Taigh na Teud, said: “We were very happy to be asked by Adam to produce a book of his excellent tunes and help promote it in Scotland and beyond.”

Aly Barr, acting head of Literature, Languages and Publishing at Creative Scotland, said: “We’re delighted to be involved with this new book from one of Scotland’s leading musicians. Adam has exchanged the thump of feet tapping for the rustle of page turning and puts heart and soul into both.”

Launched in mid November, the book costs £15 and is published by Taigh na Teud Music Publishers based on the Isle of Skye.

A great Christmas present for a fiddler!

Adam’s next major gig is with his band, ‘Nae Plans’, alongside ‘The Blas Collective’, featuring Adam along with Jenn Butterworth, Laura-Beth Salter, Hamish Napier and Steve Foreman – Thursday 26 January, 8pm, in the Drygate Brewery as part of Celtic Connections 2017.

The publisher, Taigh na Teud, acknowledges support from the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund towards the publication of this title.

Notes to editors:

More photographs are available from Somhairle at:

  • Photographer, Somhairle MacDonald, is a very experienced photographer in producing traditional/ contemporary material for books having done several photoshoots for Feis Rois as well as fine illustrative work for other publishers.
  • The Errogie book collection will be continuing with the same underlying mission that underpinned Adam’s popular album Squall – to let as many people hear these tunes as possible. Fans of Adam’s tunes will enjoy seeing them in the form of a gorgeous book, featuring all their favourites in one place plus some more that they won’t know – yet!
  • Taigh na Teud / began publishing Scottish traditional music in 1985. Christine Martin was a strings teacher in Ross-shire at the time and found there was little published music available for teaching young people traditional music and so made it her aim to produce new attractive books for learners of all ages. The company has since moved to the Isle of Skye and continues to produce many popular and well known Scottish music books for fiddle, harp, accordion and other traditional instruments.
  • Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and


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