Workshop Goals

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  • Understanding phrasing and dynamics.

  • Bowing techniques and ornamentation for the playing of reels and jigs.

  • Tone production, colour, expression and bow control in slow airs

  • The use of higher positions in fiddle tunes.

  • Arranging for fiddle groups, including harmonies, intros, links and endings.

  • Effective double stopping

  • How to make pipe marches more authentic by improving rhythmic control, bowing

       and using pipe style ornamentation.

  • Playing faster and more accurately as a group.

                                          Alistair McCulloch


  • BA (Honours) Applied Music - First Class Honours

  • Teaching Qualification for Further Education

  • Glasgow Fiddle Principal Instructor

  • Fiddle and Violin Instructor, Adjudicator and Examiner

  • Musical Director and performer with Innovation

  • Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra Musical director

  • Member of Musicians Union, PRS, MCPS and PPL

  • Composer, Arranger and Producer – 3 commercial albums to date


3 x Scottish National Fiddle Champion

Competitive career success in various competition formats



​Delivered fiddle and traditional music workshops for organisations including; Edinburgh Fiddle Festival, Celtic Connections, European String Teachers Association, Glasgow Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra, Glasgow University, Highland Council, Stirling Bridge Festival, Cultural Connections, The Cowal Fiddlers, Kingspark Secondary School and Paisley Grammar.



Annually toured Scotland for the past 17 years with appearances at festivals and radio broadcasts. Member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra from 1985 - 2002. Soloist from 1990 – 2002. Performed in the Royal Albert Hall, London.


Leader of the band Coila for 27 years, performing over 1700 gigs throughout the UK, USA, China, Japan, UAE, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Tunisia and Europe creating an award winning fourth album.



May 2004 to present. Royal Conservatoire of Scotland,

2002 - 2011 Musical Director of the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra



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