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String Theory

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String Theory
String Theory


'String Theory' is the debut album from Scottish multi-instrumentalist and composer Mike Vass. Nairn Musician and Composer Mike Vass is best known for his duo work with his sister Ali, and for his previous work with Folk Band of the Year 'Malinky'. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, his fiddle playing has been described as 'exceptionally expressive' (Keith Clark) 'sweet, unhurried' and 'seriously graceful' (Alex Monaghan). More recently he has gained a reputation as being one of Scotland's top tunesmiths. He was the winner of the inaugural Niel Gow International Composition award in 2008. 'String Theory' is an entirely self-penned album based on Mike's Celtic Connections commission in 2010 which was part of the festival's New Voices series. One of the highlights, the avant-garde piece 'Man's Search', inspired by Viktor Frankl's best-selling book (Man's Search for Meaning), was described as 'utterly compelling' (Barry Gordon) and was subsequently featured by the Victor Frankl Institute in Austria to commemorate Frankl's birthday. 'String Theory' is an ambitious, exciting work featuring a multi-instrumental line up including fiddle, bagpipes, accordion, guitar, banjo and piano. The record showcases some of Scotland's leading musicians, including Anna Massie (Blazin Fiddles), Megan Henderson (Salsa Celtica) and Calum MacCrimmon (Breabach/Unusual Suspects). The end result is a varied and engaging album.


  1. Name
  2. Cavers Of Kirkcudbright
  3. Continents Apart
  4. Man's Search
  5. Fairholm Road
  6. It's A Bar
  7. The 35 Year waltz
  8. Waking Life
  9. The Shoemaker
  10. Calum James MacCrimmon
  11. Three Trumpeter's Waltz
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