About the show

A celebration of the life of Thomas Fraser
Directed by Vicky Featherstone
Featuring The Lone Star Swing Band

Lynda Anderson: fiddle
Dick Levens: lap steel/ electric mandolin
Duncan McLean: vocals/ rhythm guitar
Iain Tait: double bass

An evening of song and story-telling in the hands of Orcadian western swingers The Lone Star Swing Band, with novelist, playwright and musician Duncan McLean at the helm.

An evening designed to set your toes tapping, your heart racing and your emotions running high.

Thomas Fraser (1927 – 1978) was a fisherman and crofter from the remote island of Burra, Shetland – and one of Scotland’s least known but most fascinating musical heroes.

Obsessed with country and the blues, Thomas mastered the styles of his idols – like Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams and Big Bill Broonzy – and made their songs his own. A shy, retiring man, he avoided public performance. Instead, he gave away to family and friends tapes he lovingly recorded in his croft.

Thomas laughed at the idea that the wider world might appreciate his talent. But thirty years after his untimely death, those precious, fragile tapes have been reissued on several CDs, and his fame has spread to Nashville . . .

Bass Concert Hall, University of Texas at Austin
19/01/2012 – 21/01/2012

Mallett Theatre, Indiana
27/01/2012 – 29/01/2012

Hideout Club, Chicago
02/02/2012 – 04/02/2012

Juniata College, Pennsylvania
10/02/2012 – 10/02/2012

Fred Turner Auditorium, Tallahassee
12/02/2012 – 13/02/2012

Find out more about Thomas Fraser.


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