Colin MacLeod, Celtic Fiddle Guru, originally from Scotland, now travels the world playing Celtic fiddle, telling stories, teaching, performing and speaking internationally through his MBA Of Life Program.
MBA is Music, Business and Adventure!
It's funny how what we love as children can develop into a passion and a business when we turn into adults.
When Colin was 7, a music teacher called into his primary school class and asked the whole class who would like to learn the violin.
Colin was one of those children who stuck up their hands and the rest is history!
Celtic music has always been part of Colin's life from a very early age as a social glue, energiser, community builder and way to recharge through his chartered accounting years.
If you were to ask Colin what have been some of the most memorable moments of his musical career to date, he would definitely include the following :-
Attaining Distinction for Grade 8 Violin whilst still at school
Playing in the Golden Fiddle Orchestra and competing in the Golden Fiddle Awards in Scotland as a teenager
Playing in the National Youth String Orchestra of Scotland with Peter Mountain as conductor
Joining in Celtic music sessions worldwide and having fun.
Exporting his brand of Celtic fiddle music from Scotland to Australia over almost two decades and inspiring generations of players both young and old, classical and non classical to join in Celtic music sessions and have fun.
As Celtic Music Elective director over a nine year period, inspiring participants at the Launceston Youth and Community Orchestra to join in the Celtic Music elective and explore its genre, tunes and magic.
Regularly appearing at Celtic festivals around Australia including the National Folk Festival, Portarlington Celtic Festival, Fairbridge Folk Festival, Glen Innes Celtic Festival, Dorrigo Bluegrass and Folk Festival.
Releasing his first solo CD with Rory Sinclair, Scottish Guitar called 'Roaming Free' in 2005 and following this up with a second solo CD with Steve Wade World Music Guitar (Neighbours theme composer, member of the US Band 'Little River Band') called 'Cousins From Afar' in 2017.
Co-founding the Resipole Fiddle Fest in Argyll, Scotland in 2015 with Rory Sinclair and Karen Schuler.
Releasing his first book, 'Kickstart Your Day The Celtic Fiddle Way' on Amazon in 2015.
Playing on four continents in 2017, including taking Celtic fiddle playing to new heights playing over Mt Everest in a plane and providing the elephants of the Sumatran jungle with a rendition of 'Jungle Bells'.
Colin is currently launching his business in the US through his performances, Celtic Fiddle Guru Academy and MBA Of Life program and helping avid Celtic fiddle music students to join in a Celtic music session anywhere in the world and have fun!
Bye the way, MBA is Music, Business and Adventure!
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