Aly Bain Biography

15 May 1946, Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland. Bain is held in high regard for his style of Shetland fiddle playing. He began playing at the age of 11, learning his craft from Tom Anderson while earning his living as a joiner. He joined the Boys Of The Lough in 1968 and, in addition to pursuing his own career, has since guested on albums by other notable artists, including Richard Thompson. During the latter half of the 70s, Bain recorded two albums for Topic Records with Tom Anderson, The Silver Bow andShetland Folk Fiddling Volume 2. He has since been heavily in demand for television work, presenting Down Home, which featured a wide range of performers from the related worlds of folk music. The series looked at the spread of fiddle music from Scotland and Ireland to large parts of North America. The eclectic Aly Bain featured fiddle tunes from Shetland, France, Canada, America and Ireland. Aly Meets The Cajuns saw Bain travel to Louisiana to look at Cajun music and lifestyle, while Push The Boat Out was filmed during Glasgow’s Mayfest. The series, shown on BBC Television in 1991, was set aboard a floating venue during Glasgow’s 1990 period as European City Of Culture. This was followed by The Shetland Set, a series for BBC Television from the Shetland Folk Festival. In 1994, Bain was awarded an MBE in recognition of his services to music. Five years later he received a doctorate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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