hris Stout is a hugely dynamic and charismatic fiddle player, composer and producer from Fair Isle in the Shetland Islands. His diverse background, deeply rooted in both traditional and classical styles, has brought him to collaborate with musicians across the globe. Throughout his formative years he combined playing classical music at a high standard with traditional music, playing initially at home with his father who plays accordion, and later with other young musicians who were mainly fiddle players and were given the name Fiddlers’ Bid. Other projects include a duo with piper Finlay MacDonald. The Chris Stout Theory and the duo Chirs Stout & Catriona McKay.
Chris ‘s duo with award-winng harpist Catriona McKay has made them internationally known. Having gigged, explored and sculpted their musical identities together for 15 years now, Catriona McKay (Scottish Harp) and Chris Stout (Shetland Fiddle) continue to evolve and create a sound and style “operating at a rarefied level of expertise” (The Herald). They recorded their first duo cd “Laebrack” in 2005 and have been part of many other projects together over the years as trustworthy collaborators. Their most recent CD is White Nights.
Fiddlers˚ Bid are internationally respected as leading exponents of their unique musical heritage and rich fiddle tradition and are global ambassadors for Shetland. A dynamic four-fiddle front line joins with a powerhouse of piano, bass, guitar and Scottish harp to create a display of stunning virtuosity. Since their formation in 1991, the “flying fiddles and furious talent” of Fiddlers Bid have astounded audiences all over the world with their expressive, high energy music and performance. Fiddlers’ Bid are: on fiddle – Chris Stout, Andrew Gifford, Kevin Henderson, Maurice Henderson with Catriona McKay – Piano/Clarsach , Fionan de Barra – guitar and Jonathan Ritch – bass.