The Groove is Not Trivial

“toe-tappingly beautiful” – Gil Mansergh, Film Critic-Cinema Toast



Dur:62 mins


Dir:Tommie Dell Smith



One man’s personal quest for self expression ignites a global movement toward cultural revival

The Groove is Not Trivial is a feature documentary about master fiddler Alasdair Fraser’s personal journey in search of self expression, a quest that has led him to dig deep into his Scottish musical roots. There he finds a universal pulse —a  groove —a through-line from the past that sparks hopeful possibilities for the future. The irrepressible Fraser proves that the groove in traditional music transcends toe-tapping fun – it can be a source of personal and political liberation.


Alasdair Fraser


Elizabeth Finlayson, Kate Fritz, Dan Gleich, Bob Elfstrom, Michael Anderson, Michael Lutman, Dan Gleich

fan quotes:

“What a rare find! An uplifting documentary with political and cultural relevance.”

“I was totally caught off guard by the emotional power of it.”

“Thank you for this important film. You’ve shown us our story in a way that no one has ever done before.”

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