Fraser’s mu­sic will live on

The Oban Times - - News - STEVEN RAE srae@oban­

A TRUST has been set up in mem­ory of an Is­lay mu­si­cian who died this year, with the aim of pro­duc­ing a CD and book of his work.

Piper Fraser Shaw, from Port Char­lotte, was a lively pres­ence on the is­land, or­gan­is­ing mu­sic ses­sions un­til he passed away in May at the age of 34, hav­ing suf­fered from Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (MS).

The Fraser Shaw Trust was set up by Gráinne Brady, Fraser’s part­ner, and his brother Greg Shaw.

The main aim of the pro­ject is to col­lect all of Fraser’s com­po­si­tions, pub­lish them as a tune book and record a high qual­ity CD on which his clos­est friends play ar­range­ments of his tunes, and tunes and songs writ­ten for him.

Fid­dle player and com­poser Gráinne ex­plained she didn’t re­alise how big the pro­ject would be­come. ‘What started as a pro­ject to pro­duce a tune book and CD of Fraser’s tunes has turned into some­thing much big­ger,’ she said.

‘Fraser was a very unique char­ac­ter with a won­der­ful per­son­al­ity who seemed to make fast friends at ev­ery turn.

‘He was also such a tal­ented mu­si­cian and lovely to play mu­sic with. He had a vast Scot­tish and Ir­ish tune reper­toire and was an avid com­poser.

‘ When he was sick, all of his many friends ral­lied round, want­ing to see him and to help in any way pos­si­ble.

‘His mu­si­cian friends started bring­ing in their in­stru­ments and play­ing mu­sic to him, to help him re­lax and re­mem­ber good times.

‘Af­ter Fraser passed away we had a few nights in his hon­our. Although it was a dev­as­tat­ing time, it was re­mark­able how many peo­ple were there, brought to­gether in the wake of some­thing tragic, to re­mem­ber Fraser, his lovely per­son­al­ity, tal­ent and spirit. This was also re­lived at the me­mo­rial on Is­lay

in July, which was a very spe­cial week­end.’

The trust has al­ready re­ceived some gen­er­ous do­na­tions from the gen­eral public and from Bruich­lad­dich dis­tillery on the is­land and will con­tinue its own fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Fraser’s mum, Mar­garet Rice, said the pro­ject would help his mu­sic live on.

‘It’s good that his close friends have got to­gether to do this,’ she said.

‘They want the book and CD pro­duced prop­erly and pro­fes­sion­ally, be­cause Fraser re­ally was a per­fec­tion­ist. To do that will cost quite a lot of money which is why they’ve started the fundrais­ing.’

The CD will be songs Fraser wrote, per­formed by his friends. The money raised from sales will be do­nated to the MS Cen­tre in Lochgilp­head, where Fraser re­ceived treat­ment.

Mar­garet con­tin­ued: ‘It was Fraser’s am­bi­tion to do some­thing for the cen­tre, and he had al­ready started this idea but un­for­tu­nately never man­aged to see it through.

‘I’m re­ally grate­ful to the peo­ple who have come to­gether to do this so Fraser is not for­got­ten, and his mu­sic lives on.’

The trust’s next fundrais­ing ac­tiv­ity will be in St Peter’s Hall, Partick, Glas­gow, on Septem­ber 12 and 13, and has been named ‘Shawfest’.

The hall is booked from 4pm, with fun ac­tiv­i­ties for all ages in­clud­ing pot­tery lessons, whis­tle lessons, face paint­ing, jew­ellery, home bak­ing stalls, and var­i­ous live mu­si­cal acts.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www.fraser­

It’s good his close friends have got to­gether to do this ”

Mar­garet Rice

Fraser’s mum

UNIQUE CHAR­AC­TER: Is­lay mu­si­cian Fraser Shaw, who died in


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