BON DÉBARRAS Concert (to have been held March 3, 2019) CANCELLED because of snow.


Susquehanna Folk Music Society audiences have been treated to some fantastic concerts by artists from Quebec in recent years (think Le Vent du Nord, the Yves Lambert Trio, Genticorum, and Le Bruit court cans la ville) but what we haven’t seen much of is the wonderful step-dancing that Quebec is known for. You’ll get a chance to check out amazing PERCUSSIVE DANCE AND BODY PERCUSSION this coming Saturday evening, March 3rd when Bon Débarras comes to Harrisburg!

Bon Débarras is an exciting trio from Quebec that brings together a fusion of Quebecois folk music, traditional step-dancing and global influences for a show that is full of fun and inventive energy. On guitar, banjo, violin, and harmonica, the trio opens a door to their recollections of America and their music is at the intersection of various traditions. Bon Débarras’ energy taps into the rhythms of today and ventures boldly on the multi-faceted road to tomorrow’s dreams, in an atmosphere that transcends boundaries and ages.

For this tour only Bon Débarras will be traveling with Alexis Chartrand, a fiery young fiddler from Montreal. As the son of Pierre Chartrand, Quebec’s most celebrated tap dancer, Alexis has been immersed in the tradition since he was very young. He and is well known for his energetic accompaniment of step-dancing and social dances. Susquehanna Folk is excited to welcome Bon Débarras to Harrisburg!

IF YOU GO: Bon Débarras appears on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM at Appalachian Brewing Company located at 50 N. Cameron St, Harrisburg, PA 17101. This is a sit-down concert in a listening room environment. Tickets are $24 General Admission or $10 for students and can be purchased at the door, by calling 800-838-3006 or online at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3600840

We had a chance to speak to band member Jean-François Dumas about the band’s music and their upcoming concert in Harrisburg.

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FOLKMAMA: What will people experience when they come to a Bon Débarras concert? What is your music like?

JEAN-FRANÇOIS : They can expect lots of joy and energy and fun!  We play a lot of dance music and sing songs in French, and there is body percussion and step dancing too. We compose our own music but our inspiration comes from the old tunes that have their origins in the music that the Irish, Scottish, and French settlers brought to Quebec. So audiences will hear singing, guitar, fiddle, banjo, harmonica, and some other surprises too!

We think of our music as a voyage across North America with stops along the way in Appalachia, Louisiana, Mississippi and other places so our music has overtones of Cajun, rock, blues, country music , and even rap. Plus Montreal is a very cosmopolitan city, so we are influenced by the Latin and African music that we hear around us.

FOLKMAMA: What does the band’s name Bon Débarras  mean?

JEAN-FRANÇOIS:  Bon Débarras has two meanings, really. One is ‘good riddance’ and good riddance is getting rid of sorrow, anger and all negative energy. We let it go when we play music.

Also in French, débarras is a place to keep old stuff you don’t want to get rid of. Our band is like a storage closet where we can go and find traditional influences and inspiration.”

FOLKMAMA: I’ve seen your band twice, and I’ve come away both times thinking about the band’s wonderful use of rhythm. There is rhythm and pulse in everything that you do. Can you speak about that?

JEAN-FRANÇOIS: Well, I’ve always loved drums so for me rhythm has always been very important. I use rhythm when I play with my hands or tap with my feet. Just about every song has rhythmic foot tapping, which is something very different that we do in Quebec which adds a lot of energy to the music. Dominic is a percussive dancer, and a lot of what he does uses syncopated rhythm. And all of us add body music. Another thing that Quebec is known for its mouth reels, which adds a lot of rhythm to the music too.

FOLKMAMA: Can you tell me about the players in the band?

JEAN-FRANÇOIS: I mentioned Dominic Desrochers. He and I have been the core of the band since we first started playing together about 10 years ago, mostly in kitchens which is where a lot of Quebecois music starts! He plays regular guitar and then a small guitar from Cuba called a Tres and sings. And getting back to rhythm, Dominic’s step dancing is very powerful and rhythmic and adds a very exciting dimension to what we do. He is very respected for his dancing by a lot of groups including La Bottine Souriante and Cirque du Soleil. And I play banjo, harmonica, accordion, and a little guitar and do foot tapping while I’m playing. I grew up in a musical family and have traveled a lot in the United-States, Latin America and Europe to learn about other peoples’ folk traditions and colors. So we’ve been the core with other musicians playing bass, accordion, or fiddle.

Just very recently the fiddler Véronique Plasse joined the band, but she was not able to join us on this tour, so we have Alexis Chartrand. Alexis is a young fiddler who grew up in the tradition since his father Pierre Chartrand is a very famous Quebecois Tap Dancer. He has been accompanied dancers since he was very young, and when we first got together to prepare for the tour he learned our show in no time! He’s a very good singer too, and we are very excited to be working with him.

FOLKMAMA: Does Bon Débarras’ tour frequently and if so where do you generally tour?

JEAN-FRANÇOIS: It’s funny, but it seems that most of our touring is outside of Quebec. We tour all over Canada, the US, France, and the UK. The current tour that we’re on will take us to Philadelphia, Pittsburg, and Harrisburg before heading off to Scotland for the Shetland Folk Festival. We’re really looking forward to being in Harrisburg and hope to see you there.

 

 

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Tėada, from Sligo, Ireland to appear March 18th in Harrisburg (tunes, music + dancing)

“One of the most exciting traditional groups to emerge in recent years” Irish World

Coming from Sligo, Ireland the band Tėada (the word means “strings” in the Irish language) has achieved worldwide acclaim for its ability to stay true to the timeless, expressive force of traditional tunes inherited from previous generations of great Irish musicians.

Midstaters can experience Tėada in a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., at Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg. The five-piece band expands to seven for this event with champion step-dancer Samantha Harvey and legendary singer and musician Séamus (SHAY-mus) Begley.

Tickets are available at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3050248)

Téada first appeared in 2001 on Irish television, led by County Sligo fiddler Oisin Mac Diarmada. Though still in their teens, the young musicians were driven by the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations.

The band was quickly cheered for “keeping the traditional flag flying at full mast” (The Irish Times). “A fresh force in Irish music” said Earle Hitchner in the Irish Echo, and Irish Music Magazine described them as “the strings that bind…a young band with a deeply authentic sound [at] the cutting edge of the next generation.”

“We try to capture some of the rawness and individuality of the solo artist tradition, within the dynamic of a full band,” says Mac Diarmada.

The original quartet is now often a septet with Seamus Begley, the elder statesmen of the group. From a famous musical family in County Kerry, named 2013’s Traditional Singer of the Year (Irish TV TG4), Begley brings a deep trove of songs as well as fiery accordion playing and wit.

Téada’s most recent release, In Spite of the Storm (Gael Linn, 2013), follows a string of acclaimed albums on the Green Linnet and Compass labels, and the first to feature Begley. “One of the outstanding releases in recent memory,” raved Daniel Neely in The Irish Echo. “Another typically thoughtful and thought-provoking excursion from a band still hungry for tunes– and, belatedly, for songs,” added Siobhan Long in The Irish Times.

The American tour is supported in part by Culture Ireland, a branch of the Irish government promoting Irish arts worldwide. For more information on the band visit their website at teada.com

Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $20 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling toll-free (800) 838-3006.

To listen/watch Teada visit these sites:

AUDIO

In Spite of the Storm: https://teada.bandcamp.com/album/ainneoin-na-stoirme-in-spite-of-the-storm

VIDEOS

Song with Seamus Begley https://youtu.be/W2_-oHPm5C8

March 26, 2017: The Outside Track to perform Celtic music in Harrisburg

The Outside Track, a Celtic group performing Scots, Irish, and Cape Breton tunes, songs, and step-dance comes to Harrisburg for a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 7:30 p.m., at the Abbey Bar, Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron Street. The group features vocals, electric harp, flute, whistle, fiddle, and guitar.

For information on the band members visit http://www.sfmsfolk.org/concerts/OutsideTrack.html

The Outside Track was named Group of the Year in both the Live Ireland awards and the TIR awards and was nominated for a Scots trad award. The group’s latest CD, “Light Up the Dark,” was nominated for Best Album in the 2016 Indie Acoustic Project Awards.

Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $20 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at http://www.sfmsfolk.org.

We had a chance to speak to the band’s accordion player Fiona Black about the origins of The Outside Track and what audiences should expect.

FOLKMAMA: I understand that throughout the history of the band you have had members from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and the United States. Did you start out with the idea to become a Pan-Celtic band?

FIONA: It really didn’t start out as a concept band. We met in Limerick in Ireland at University. Originally it was myself and Ailie (we are the two Scottish members) and we also had a couple of Irish members at the very beginning and a Canadian member.

It has always seemed natural that we would play music from the countries that we were from. That’s how it came about and we have continued to do that.

FOLKMAMA: Would it be easy for an audience member to figure out the country of origin for the tunes or songs that you play?

FIONA: We all play music from our own regions and our own countries, but honestly there are many more similarities than differences between the music from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton.

FOLKMAMA: Can you describe your performances?

FIONA: Well, they are really quite lively. About half of what we do are tunes and the other half songs.  We do different arrangements of tunes; some traditional ones and some that we have invented. Each instrument is showcased at different points and we all work together on harmonies and chords. The fiddle player is the dancer. She does Cape Breton style of dancing which is really close to the floor and really beautiful.

FOLKMAMA: Who is in the band and where are they from?

FIONA: Teresa Horgan is the lead singer and flute and whistle player. She’s from County Cork in Ireland. And then Ailie Robertson is the harp player in the band—she plays electric harp. She creates a lot of the bass lines and a lot of the texture as well. And she’s from Edinburgh in Scotland. My name is Fiona Black and I’m from the Highlands in Scotland and I play the piano accordion. And then we have Emerald Rae who’s from Boston. She’s the fiddle player and the step dancer in the band. She spent a lot of time in Cape Breton. And then Eric MacDonald is also from Boston and he’s the guitar player in the band.

FOLKMAMA: How long have you been playing together?

FIONA: We started about 10 years ago. Ailie and I are the two original members left.

FOLKMAMA: Anything you want the readers to know?

FIONA: We just put a new music video out on Facebook. We have another week in the tour and then off we’ll go to Germany. We’ll be back in the US in August!

FOLKMAMA: Is this the main gig for everyone?

FIONA: We tour about six months out of the year. We all have different side projects, other bands and different teaching projects and composing project—but for everyone this is the main band.

 

 

 

Irish Music w/ Mick Moloney, Billy McComiskey + Athena Tergis March 13, Hbg, PA

Three icons of Irish-American music—MICK MOLONEY (guitar/banjo/vocals), BILLY McCOMISKEY (accordion), and ATHENA TERGIS (fiddle)—come to Harrisburg on Sunday, March 13, 2016, for a lecture, potluck dinner, and concert sponsored by Susquehanna Folk Music Society at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. The concert is at 7:30.

The evening opens with a 5 p.m. with what is sure to be a fascinating illustrated talk on “Irish and African Roots of American Music.” Mick Moloney, who will be giving the talk along with Harrisburg’s own LENWOOD SLOAN, says that they will focus specifically on Appalachian music and the music of the minstrels. “Throughout history there has been a close association between Afro-Americans and the Irish, “Mick told me. “Both groups lived on the margins of society.”

“It might be a startling fact, but 38% of African Americans have Irish DNA,” he said. “Both BARAK AND MICHELLE OBAMA have Irish ancestry.”

Moloney has taught ethnomusicology, folklore, and Irish studies courses at several universities. Lenwood Sloan is a choreographer and scholar of dance history with a special interest in minstrel dance. Additionally Lenwood has served as director of PA’s Culture and Heritage Tourism Program and PA’s Film Commission and is active with the arts in Harrisburg.

Mick Moloney has recorded and produced over 40 albums of traditional music and has been an advisor for scores of festivals and concerts all over America. In 1999 he was awarded the NATIONAL HERITAGE AWARD from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honor a traditional arti

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st can receive in the U.S. Billy McComiskey is a highly regarded player and composer of Irish traditional music. He has won FOUR ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES. Athena Turgis has toured extensively with the Sharon Shannon Band and has appeared in the Las Vegas production of Lord of the Dance. She has also been principal fiddler for the Broadway production of RIVERDANCE.

All are welcome to a free potluck dinner before the concert. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks and place settings will be provided.

Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $21 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. The lecture is included with concert admission. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006.

For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at http://www.sfmsfolk.org

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Following are a few more details from my conversation with Mick:

FOLKMAMA: Susquehanna Folk has been lucky enough to have Billy McComisky on our stage twice; once with Pride of New York (which features Cherish the Ladies’ JOANIE MADDEN) and Trian (which features fiddler LIZ CARROL). We haven’t had Athena play for us yet, but she sure has an impressive bio! What’s it like playing with these two powerhouses?

MICK: There is not too much more to say then they are the best of the best. They are just fantastic musicians and I love playing with them. They’re masters of their craft.

FOLKMAMA: How long have you been playing together?

MICK: About 10 years now. But we play in different configuration and sometimes with other musicians.

FOLKMAMA: What’s the music like that you play?

MICK: Well it’s all traditional Irish music, but between us we have such a huge repertoire that we can adjust to any situation. We don’t have to spend hours rehearsing. We just have so much stuff under the belt as it were.

FOLKMAMA: You might know that Susquehanna Folk has been doing a little bit of a focus on the banjo this season. You play the tenor banjo. I’m curious to know a little bit about the history of the banjo in Ireland.

MICK: Well, the banjo found its way formally to Ireland with The Virginia Minstrels in 1844, and it’s been a part of Irish music ever since. The banjo that we play, though, is the Irish banjo. It’s tuned an octave below a standard banjo. The tenor banjo is tuned like a fiddle, and the music fall on it fairly naturally.

FOLKMAMA: Anything else that you want to add?

MICK: We expect the concert to be fresh and lively because we’ll figure out what we’ll play a half an hour before! And we’ll enjoy ourselves immensely and hopefully everyone will too!

 

Yves Lambert Trio to appear in Harrisburg, PA January 10, 2016. An interview with band member Olivier Rondeau.

The Yves Lambert Trio

Hailed by some Quebec music critics as a beacon in the aesthetics of Quebec’s cultural heritage, Yves Lambert is a powerful singer and musician whose 36-year career has been full of risks and adventures. He and his trio brings the energy, multicultural ambiance, and colorful sounds of Quebecois music (a wonderful mix of Irish and French styles) to Harrisburg for a January 10, 2016, Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.

Often seen as a veritable patriarch of the revival of Quebec’s musical roots, Lambert founded the legendary group La Bottine Souriante in 1976. In his 26 years with that group, Lambert was the link between its various incarnations and was its heart and soul.

In the summer of 2010 he joined with multi-instrumentalists Yves Lambert Trio and Tommy Gauthier in a trio that brilliantly demonstrates how traditional local music continually reinvents itself within a modern context.

Concert tickets are $20 General Admission, $16 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at http://www.sfmsfolk.org

I caught up with band member Olivier Rondeau and had a chat with him about the roots of Quebecoise music as well as the innovations that the Yves Lambert Trio brings to the genre.

FOLKMAMA: I know that Quebecoise music was heavily influenced by two groups that settled in Quebec; the French and the Irish, but how did the style first become popular?

OLIVER: The traditional music from Quebec just starts from the kitchen party. There were people down there that were playing fiddle during the night, just to entertain the people and there were singers too. And people go with foot tapping on the floor, just to keep the beat and all the dancers going crazy!

Mainly all the music influence is from Ireland and stuff like that. When people come, when there is a deportation, they come with traditional music.

Quebec music is a big ear training tradition and there are many different versions of songs just because they were interpreted differently. So extra beats, a lot of extra beats here and there [Known as “crooked tunes”]

FOLKMAMA: How does Yves Lambert fit into all this?

OLIVER Back in the 70s there was a folk revival in Quebec and he became really impressed with accordion playing. He’s totally self-taught. Yves helped to keep the music alive. He was an original member of La Bottine Souriante, one of the most famous bands in Quebec.

And now for over 40 years now he keeps going the tradition. He keeps on looking for new airs and new reels on the accordion. Yves role in the band is to keep it alive and to always bring new traditional music to the band.

FOLKMAMA: And what’s the instrumentation of the trio?

OLIVER: Yves Lambert is the lead singer and plays accordion: diatonic accordions and he has a chromatic one too. I play the guitar and kind of bass on my guitar and the response [Quebecoise music is characterized by call-and-response singing) , and we have Tommy Gauthier on the fiddle and mandolin, and he’s the [foot] tapper of the band. And he’s on the response too.

FOLKMAMA: I understand that the Cajun accordion and the Quebecoise accordion are the same.

OLIVER: Yes, actually Yves has two Cajun accordions that were built in Louisiana by Mark Savoy.[a famous Cajun accordion builder] Old ones. One is back to 1976 and the other one may be in the beginnings of 80s. So he is playing with those two beautiful instruments, both diatonic One in “C” and one in “D”.

FOLKMAMA: Does the band play straight Quebecoise music, or are you influenced by other styles?

OLIVER: For me, and for my generation , every music that I hear that has a good groove is an influence. So that’s the way it works. If it’s good music and we hear it, it could influence our sound.

And I could say since we’ve played more in the United States we hear other bands and we’re intrigued by their style. We love it so much that we put some in the last recording. When you listen to us you can hear a hint of old time, bluegrass, and the kind of rhythmic phrasing that you hear in Appalachian music

FOLKMAMA: Your guitar has a pretty distinctive sound and the times that I’ve seen you I’ve noticed a lot of electronics at you feet. What’s the purpose?

OLIVER : Mainly it’s so that the two lower strings on my guitar can be processed with an “octaver” to give an extra lower octave to the notes. The two lower strings have two functions; they are guitar and they are a bass as well. This creates a powerful sound.

When we all play together Tommy is doing the rhythm with his feet and playing the fiddle at the same time, Yves singing and. playing the accordion and I got the guitar and the bass going on so as a trio one thing that we love is to make the sound way bigger than it looks.

FOLKMAMA: What else would you like people to know?

OLIVER : One thing we love to do, Tommy and I, is to arrange music. We love the texture and we put a lot of work in the arrangement. We try to make each song distinctive; make it grow. So we work pretty hard on this.

When you listen to the song you can hear the roots of it, but there are a lot of influences that come to the music. There are a lot of surprises!

The Celtic group Longtime Courting plays on October 25th

The Boston-based all-woman super group Long Time Courting, featuring the talents of four women who each have achieved great success in other groups, comes to Harrisburg on Saturday, October 25, 2014, for a Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at Fort Hunter, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The group features Shannon Heaton (flute, accordion, vocals), Liz Simmons (guitar, vocals), Valerie Thompson (cello, vocals) Katie McNally (fiddle, vocals).

Concert tickets are $20 General Admission, $16 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society Web site at www.sfmsfolk.org

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I had the chance to interview Longtime Courting’s newest member, fiddler Katie McNally. Katie McNally grew up steeped in fiddle music. She is a former New England Scottish Fiddle Champion and a two time runner up for the National title. She performs with the supergroup Childsplay and in her own solo project, and this past year she could also be seen touring with famed Galician piper Carlos Núñez.

FOLKMAMA: Tell me about Longtime Courting’s sound.

KATIE: We pull together a lot of different influences, but our sound is strongly based in Scottish and Irish music at it’s’ core. Our repertoire is a blend of traditional and contemporary tunes. It’s kind of half songs and half instrumentals.

Each member of the group comes from a different tradition. I grew up playing Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle and Shannon Heaton is an Irish flute player. Liz is more of an American and English folk singer and our cello play is kind of a wild card. She grew up playing classical but also rock and more experimental music.

FOLKMAMA: Do you write some of your own material?

KATIE: Yes. I have a tune that we perform and Liz and Shannon have written some songs that are in the program. We also play some other current tunes that are composed by other people. So that’s the contemporary aspect of our program and there are also old, timeless songs that we do.

FOLKMAMA: Tell me a little bit about yourself and the other band members.

KATIE: I’m a New England Scottish fiddle champion, but I don’t do a lot of competitions right now. I grew up going to a lot of fiddle camps and I teach at a lot of fiddle camps around the country.

We all have our own projects. We all come together from very busy solo careers. I have my own band of Scottish and Cape Breton music. Shannon performs with her husband Matt in a duo doing traditional Irish music. Liz plays in a band with her husband and the fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger. Their focus is on bluegrass and New England fiddle tunes. And our cello player, Valerie Thompson, plays with Laura Cortese and her band.

FOLKMAMA: You are all singers, and there is some really nice four part harmony on your CD. Do you trade off taking the lead?

KATIE: I don’t sing all that much, but everyone else trades off on leads singing and we do sing in four part harmony. That’s really also important to our sound.

FOLKMAMA: What are you like in concert? Do you talk to the audience, tell them about the different songs?

KATIE: Basically, we want it to be like a house party. We like to bring the audience in. Have them participate. We do have a couple of sing a longs.

FOLKMAMA: With everyone so busy with their various projects, we feel really fortunate to be getting you for this performance. How often does the band tour?

KATIE: About four tours a year with a smattering of other dates here and there.

FOLKMAMA: Where did the name come from? Perhaps it was taken from the name of a fiddle tune?

KATIE: It’s kind of a joke. We have a bunch of friends in the Boston area that were a long time courted, or waited to be courted. We think the name sounds kind of folksy.

FOLKMAMA: What’s new with the group?

KATIE: I feel like since I’ve joined the line-up that we’ve really been honing our sound, adding new material to the repertoire. We’re gearing up to record an EP in December and some music videos. So we’ll be trying out some new things and have been really polishing things up for you guys!

FOLKMAMA: About how old are the women in the group?

KATIE: It’s really a wide age range. I won’t tell you who, but one of us is in their 20s and two are in their 30s and one if in their 40s.

FOLKMAMA: And you are able to bridge the age gaps with the music!

KATIE: Yes, that’s one of my favorite things about playing traditional music is that some of my best friends are 20 years older than me and I have some students that I’m really close to who are 6 years old. It’s a part of my life that where there is no age discrimination which is pretty amazing.

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Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas to delight audeinces in Harrisburg, PA on Sunday, April 27th!

By John Hope

Alasdair and Natalie, smallMaster Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic young American cellist Natalie Haas, who have teamed up for appearances in Scotland, Spain, France, and throughout the U.S., come to central Pennsylvania on Sunday, April 27, 2014, for a Susquehanna Folk Music Society matinee concert at 4 p.m. at Appalachian Brewing Company’s Abbey Bar, 50 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg

 

“People may be familiar with the gorgeous, melodic cello sound,” Fraser says, “but they’re surprised to learn that the cello used to comprise the rhythm section in Scottish dance bands. Natalie Haas unleashes textures and deep, powerful rhythms that drive fiddle tunes. We can ‘duck and dive’ around each other, swap melody and harmony lines, and improvise on each other’s rhythmic riffs. She has such a great sense of exploration and excitement for the music; it’s a joy to play with her.”

 

Alasdair Fraser, hailed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” is a consummate performer whose dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland’s music have created a constant international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles for more than 30 years. He is credited with being a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S.

 

Fraser has been featured on more than 100 TV and radio shows in the UK and on several US national broadcasts, including Prairie Home Companion and Thistle and Shamrock. He has released several critically acclaimed albums, including the Indie Award-winning Dawn Dance (Best Celtic Album of 1996).

 

Haas is a Juilliard School graduate who is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres in addition to her extensive classical training. She was encouraged to explore the cello’s potential for rhythmic accompaniment to Celtic fiddle tunes while a student at Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School. Fire & Grace, her 2004 album with him, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards. She also has toured extensively as a member of Mark O’Connor’s Appalachia Waltz Trio. She teaches privately, at workshops and fiddle camps, and at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.

 

In addition to their concert, Fraser and Haas will present an Arts in Education program at Harrisburg School District’s Foose School, with support from the Hall Foundation, the Lois Grass Foundation and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities.

 

Concert tickets are $22 General Admission, $18 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online at http://www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. “Your Name in Lights” sponsors for this event are Fred and Kathy Fries. The concert is presented in collaboration with Greenbelt Events. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at http://www.sfmsfolk.org

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