https://youtu.be/dgZlpJkUgBE 'Up the Noran Water', it's a song I heard first from the late Jim Reid. He had put the melody to the words of a poem written many years earlier by Helen Cruickshank (1886-1975).  The poem was called 'Shy Geordie' and features a young Angus mother who is pregnant out of wedlock. It was [...]

I have been told a few times recently that I'm not good at selling myself. The truth is it's because generally, I don't like people who are good at selling themselves. It's something ingrained in the northeast of Scotland psyche. Naebody likes a big heid. I've always been conscious of this. I really enjoy creating [...]

The Left-Handed Fiddler is a well-known traditional Scottish tune written by James Scott Skinner, who is an iconic Scottish fiddle player from Banchory. (1843-1927) Skinner rose to fame during his time and left a vast legacy of music with his own compositions and collections that are still played widely to this day. Skinner gave himself [...]

I'm excited to announce a new album release today.  Available on CD from  CharlieAbel.scot or download on the usual platforms.iTunes, CdBaby, Amazon etc.   The album contains 16 tracks of Celtic music and songs. Some of my own original pieces. Please give it a listen and if you like it I hope you will buy the [...]

Dean of Guild, Colin Taylor welcomes Charlie Abel Wow. I was very honoured to be received as a Free Burgess and Guild Member of the City and Burgh of Aberdeen on the 15th of August 2015.  I'm told it's the highest honour the city can bestow on a citizen so I'm really really humbled.  I [...]