Another son of musical family releases first CD

Fiddle player David anderson. Photo courtesy of James Dyas Davidson.
Fiddle player David anderson. Photo courtesy of James Dyas Davidson.

A WEEL-KEPT Deeside secret has been revealed to traditional music fans as another fiddle player from the Anderson family of Tarland releases his own first CD.

David Anderson is the younger brother of well-known Deeside fiddler Paul Anderson - but whereas big brother, Paul, is established on the professional circuit as one of Scotland’s top traditional musicians, David has chosen until now to quietly play on the amateur circuit, both as a soloist and band musician.

Now, with the release of his CD entitled Lilt, ‘little’ brother David (actually even taller than 6-plus footer Paul!), has been persuaded by friends in the music world to come out into the limelight a bit more himself - and what a CD he has managed to produce.

Very much with his own fiddle style - a sweet lyrical sound in the Airs and catch-me-if-you-can speed in the jigs and reels - David’s new CD should become a must-have on all Deeside Christmas gift lists.

Piper reporter Kathleen Robertson, herself a pianist who has played with David in ceilidh bands for years, commented: “I’ve rarely had the chance to hear David playing solo.

‘‘Usually with dancers cavorting around to our band Ceilidh On, we’d all be waiting for David to ratchet up the musical gears for things like the ‘Dashing White Sergeant’, when someone would be sure to shout ‘look out, David’s on a roll!’ So it’s a delight to hear him play the slow airs so beautifully for a change. I love the CD.”

Along with sister, Heather, also an amateur musician, the Tarland brothers were encouraged by their parents from an early age, initially taught by Andy Linklater at Aboyne Academy, and later David was tutored in Scots fiddle by Jane Davidson (apparently her first pupil).

With his parents tirelessly taking them up and down the country to festival competitions and concerts over the years, David also still plays with the Banchory Strathspey and Reel Society, and later took over from his band colleague, Kathleen, as tutor of the top-level mixed instruments group for Scottish Music & Tradition (SC&T) in Aberdeen.

In fact, it was this last connection which helped him find one of the other musicians on his CD, his former student and concertina player, Louisa Costelloe, a nice way of carrying on the tradition.

Asked what advice he’d give to any other aspiring young musicians, he said: “Practice, practice! At least half-an-hour a day.”

David would have liked to follow his father (formerly manager for Dounside Estates) into farming but the financial perils of farming these days put paid to that ambition when the family gave up the tenancy of their farm.

Now he works with the engineering division of Haliburton. With that and two young daughters to bring up, he explained it was a problem finding time to make the CD but was glad he taken this “one chance” to do it.

David’s CD is on sale at Spar in Tarland, Strachan’s in Aboyne, Jock Strang’s in Kincardine O’ Neil, and the Birnam On-line Shop, at the reasonable cost of £10.