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by The Fire

Traditional and contemporary Scottish folk music featuring internationally awarded Scottish fiddling and virtuosic bagpiping accompanied by dramatic guitar lines, layers of contrapuntal bouzouki harmony, and rich harmonium textures.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Prodigal Son
4:08 $1.99
2. Captain Carswell
4:27 $1.99
3. Mr. McLaine's
4:43 $1.99
4. The Meadow Court Lasses
4:17 $1.99
5. Dark Lowers the Night
3:55 $1.99
6. Goodbye Eugene
5:48 $1.99
7. Miss Graham
5:44 $1.99
8. The Golden Anniversary
5:13 $1.99
9. Lanai Jigs
3:49 $1.99
10. The Old Man
3:33 $1.99
11. The Session Set
3:30 $1.99
12. Chasing Down the Sun
4:58 $1.99
13. The Laird of Foveran
4:55 $1.99
14. 6/8 Pipe Marches
4:15 $1.99
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Album Notes
The Fire is a high energy Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar, bouzouki, and harmonium. Based in Santa Cruz, California, members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, having lived and studied in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the highlands of Scotland.

Having previously performed together for nearly ten years, Lomnicky and Brewer have been hailed as an “excellent American duo” by Robbie Shepherd of BBC Radio Scotland. Adam Hendey joined the group in July 2016, and recently earned a MA in traditional music performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating Scottish music which bridges the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe music of Scotland—two worlds united, into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience.

On August 14th, 2018, The Fire released their 14 track album, "Radiance." The collection of tunes on "Radiance" draws from a variety of Scottish fiddle manuscripts, bagpipe music collections, and the pen of all three band members. "Radiance" showcases every aspect of The Fire’s stylistic expertise, technical prowess, and musical passion, and displays the dynamic interplay of fiddle and bagpipes for which Lomnicky and Brewer have become well known. Lomnicky’s internationally-awarded virtuosic fiddling is featured throughout on tracks ranging from an ancient, haunting Gaelic air titled “The Old Man,” to the delightful scotch-measure “Mr. McLaine’s” which was published in the first collection of Scottish fiddle tunes in 1700. Brewer’s technical mastery of the bagpipe and whistle, as well as his incomparable expertise on bodhran, are featured in traditional tunes as well as his own compositions, such as the sparkling whistle set “The Golden Anniversary” and bagpipe medley “Chasing Down the Sun.” "Radiance" also showcases several of Hendey’s compositions including “The Prodigal Son” and “Goodbye Eugene” which display an innovative contemporary approach to traditional music. Hendey’s playing perfectly complements Lomnicky and Brewer’s dynamic melodies with both sensitive and dramatic guitar lines, layers of contrapuntal bouzouki harmony, and rich harmonium textures. With its traditional roots and contemporary spirit, "Radiance" paves the way for the future of Scottish folk music.



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I do not have musical expertise, but I do know what I love, and this album by The Fire speaks to my deep love for Scottish music.. Emotive and expertly performed, The Fire has again shown their own love for the music and demonstrate their outstanding talents and skills for sharing their passion for music with all who choose to listen. Thank you for yet another Scottish musical gem!


Great album from The Fire
I've been following these guys since Rebecca was about 12 years old going to fiddle camps and David was just starting out with Molly's Revenge. I've always loved their playing independently and was really excited when they started playing together. Adding Adam to the mix has turned a great duo into an exceptional trio! His guitar style fits in perfectly with David and Rebecca's playing. This album is well-produced with a really nice variety of tunes. Really well done! Congrat's to the band!


I've now seen The Fire twice live, in a Celtic series in my hometown. Both times they've blown me away. I purchased their album after the last live performance in January and it has been on repeat in my car ever since. I find myself humming the tunes through the day.The band is so good at showcasing each member and letting them shine. I love the mix of traditional with something that feels new. And it makes me wonder if 41 is too old to learn a musical instrument! I wish there were more like them, but I will settle for hoping for new releases in the future!