Laura Risk: Scottish and Québécois fiddling.

"Laura Risk's fiddle is a revelation and achingly beautiful." - Ken Burns, Grammy-winning filmmaker

Laura Risk

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Laura and Nicholas Williams play the pipe reel Willie Murray's.



"Another Voyage." For Nirmal Mondol, at the VOM 30th anniversary concert.











What's new...

I'm looking forward to a summer of fiddle camps and festivals! Details on the gigs page.


Ginger SmockResearch page: Ginger Smock / The Chop

I recently finished up the PhD program in musicology at McGill University. My research page currently features my work on Los Angeles jazz violinist Ginger Smock. I've also posted a PDF of my article on the diffusion of the chop.


Douglastown CDDouglastown: Music and Song from the Gaspé Coast

I co-produced this CD for the village of Douglastown, Quebec, on the Gaspé coast. It is a portrait of the unique musical culture of Douglastown, from the early 20th century to the 1980s, and comes with a bilingual 56-page booklet. 46 tracks in total: lots of fiddlers, plus songs, accordion, harmonica, guitar, pump organ, stepdancing, spoken anecdotes, etc. Available for purchase and download via the Douglastown Community Centre or at CDBaby. More info about Douglastown via the Community Centre website, and the blog of Glenn Patterson (co-producer of the CD) and Brian Morris.

McGill University and Canal Savoir television teamed up on this excellent video segment about the Douglastown project:

Glengarry CollectionThe Glengarry Collection: The Highland Fiddle Music of Aonghas Grant VOLUMES 1 & 2

I had the great honor of collaborating with renowned Scottish Highland fiddler Aonghas Grant, fiddler Barbara McOwen and ethnomusicologist Peggy Duesenberry on this project.
The collection focuses on the core of Aonghas' music: Highland fiddling, and its connections to pipe tunes and Gaelic songs. There are also a number of tunes composed by Aonghas or in his honour. In total, the collection contains 352 slow airs, marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hornpipes, with accompanying stories, history and photographs. Transcriptions of bowings and grace notes provide insight into Aonghas' playing style. The accompanying DVDs include recordings of Grant's impromptu and passionate performances of 142 of the tunes.
Both Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available online from Mel Bay. For more about Aonghas Grant, see his website.

CD store

Teaching CDs available as digital downloads via CDBaby

You can download both of my two-disc teaching sets, Tunes 2001 and Tunes 2003, at CDBaby. CDBaby is also the place to buy digital downloads and hard copies of Triptych, 2000 Miles, and Les Joueurs de Bon Accord.