"This duo make a powerful team." The Living Tradition Magazine, UK
Fiddle & piano duo Catherine Fraser & Duncan Smith show true mastery in performance, not just of their instruments, but of the Scottish fiddle idiom. Drawing on Catherine's Scots heritage they have breathed fresh life into the traditional repertoire as well as composing many beautiful original melodies, descriptive of the Australian Scots experience.
Showing a rare level of emotional depth, this duo is recognised for their moving performances, combining elements that are powerful & lyrical, driving & delicate, exuberant & expressive. They have had rave reviews of their performances in Scotland, North America, New Zealand & Australia, with critics commenting on the "extraordinary talent & taste" evident in their creative blend of repertoire.
With the 2009 release of their new album Rhymes & Reasons, recorded in Montreal, Canada, with guest artists Tony McManus, guitar, Natalie Haas, cello, Hanneke Cassel, fiddle, and Eric Breton, percussion, Catherine & Duncan have truly established themselves as a world class act.
"..superb, clear & elegant....just how Scottish music should sound." www.musicinscotland.com
"An elegantly lyrical shade of Scottish Chamber/folk." ABC Radio National