Scottish fiddler Sarah-Jane is a fine Solo performer

A Scottish fiddler who is now based in Norway has released a new album.

Sarah-Jane Summers’ Solo features the versatile, free-thinking, impassioned performer with her unique style blending the lyricism of traditional music with the emotive rawness of improvisation.

A tradition-bearer of the old Highland style of fiddling, she was taught by the late, great Donald Riddell (1908-1992), who learnt his fiddling from a relative of hers, Alexander Grant of Battangorm (1856-1942).

She is now based in Norway and holds a masters degree in Norwegian traditional music and free improvisation from The Norwegian State Academy of Music.

Sarah-Jane’s extremely diverse skills on fiddle, viola and Hardanger fiddle have led her to perform at rock, jazz, folk, country, contemporary, noise/experimental festivals worldwide with artists as diverse as fiddle-quartet RANT, Julie Fowlis, Quatuor Bozzini, and top Norwegian pop band Highasakite.

She has also performed and recorded with top Canadian contemporary music string quartet, The Bozzini Quartet and was a founder member of the Scottish chamber folk group, RANT, with whom she recorded two albums.

Her duo with her husband, Juhani Silvola, has earnt rave reviews. Both of their albums – including the recently-released Widdershins – received huge attention from the world press, including the prestigious Top of the World status from the world music magazine Songlines.