CONCERT: ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS | Brattleboro

 

Date & Time: Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: First Baptist Church / 190 Main St. / Brattleboro VT

On tour in early May to celebrate their latest album, “Abundance,” Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, will be performing in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 4. Theirs is a concert that spans the courtly traditions of Scottish music to the boisterousness of the pub with haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional and recently composed tunes. Acclaimed worldwide, these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. They have an expressive palette and stunning technical range. The duo carries on musical conversations that weave around each other, support one another and playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced and tours and leads workshops and performs with cellist Haas all over the world to great acclaim. Their concerts in Brattleboro are especially meaningful to them because of the community of kindred spirits in this area. This is a concert that will leave you entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Concert at 7PM / 802-257-1571 for more information
TICKETS: $18 in advance, seniors / $21 at the door. For on-line purchase: BrattleboroTix.com. In person, Everyone’s Bookstore, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro VT; The Toadstool, Colony Mill in Keene NH; World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield MA.

Mar 152014
 

Date & Time: Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: First Baptist Church / 190 Main St. / Brattleboro VT

On tour in early May to celebrate their latest album, “Abundance,” Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, will be performing in downtown Brattleboro at the First Baptist Church on Sunday, May 4. Theirs is a concert that spans the courtly traditions of Scottish music to the boisterousness of the pub with haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance tunes and improvisations based on traditional and recently composed tunes. Acclaimed worldwide, these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. They have an expressive palette and stunning technical range. The duo carries on musical conversations that weave around each other, support one another and playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced and tours and leads workshops and performs with cellist Haas all over the world to great acclaim. Their concerts in Brattleboro are especially meaningful to them because of the community of kindred spirits in this area. This is a concert that will leave you entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Concert at 7PM / 802-257-1571 for more information
TICKETS: $18 in advance, seniors / $21 at the door. For on-line purchase: BrattleboroTix.com. In person, Everyone’s Bookstore, 25 Elliot St., Brattleboro VT; The Toadstool, Colony Mill in Keene NH; World Eye Bookshop, 156 Main St., Greenfield MA.

Nov 192011
 

Cape Breton Duo Highlights 2011 Gala

The turkey, parades, and football games of the holiday weekend provide the perfect prelude to the Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire’s 2011 Gala Scottish Concert on Sunday, November 27. Holiday festivities create just the right atmosphere for Cape Breton fiddlers and step Dancers Andrea Beaton and Kimberly Fraser. This high-energy duo highlights the 23rd annual concert of New Hampshire’s premier traditional Scottish performance group in a concert that has become a yearly tradition for delighted New Hampshire audiences.

Kicking off at 2:30 Sunday afternoon, November 27 at the Concord City Auditorium, the concert stage again welcomes the Strathspey and Reel Society ensemble of fiddles, cellos, accordions, flutes/whistles/recorders, guitars and other instruments. Master of Ceremonies Jeremy Bell will guide the audience through a two-hour program of traditional music, dance, songs, and humor. Past attendees have described this event as “the best thing about the Thanksgiving weekend.”

This year’s Gala guest performers follow in the footsteps of dozens of major masters of the Scottish fiddle from Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Kimberley Fraser, though still in her 20s, already has had a distinguished career. She has traveled the world, from Victoria to Afghanistan, performing at venues such as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., bringing Cape Breton music with her wherever she goes. Dan MacDonald of the Cape Breton Post says about Fraser’s versatility, “She has matured to become one of the stellar players of the Cape Breton fiddle tradition, equally at home at a house party, playing for a square dance, or on stage for a concert in Bras d’Or or Boston, Scotsville, or Scotland.” Kimberley has shared the stage with the finest acts in Celtic music, such as Alasdair Fraser, Martin Hayes and Lunasa.

Andrea Beaton’s Cape Breton heritage starts with grandparents Donald Angus and Elizabeth Beaton and parents Kinnon and Betty Beaton, all of who are accomplished musicians. Her uncle Buddy MacMaster and cousin Natalie MacMaster have wowed generations of audiences. Her music is at once her own and deeply rooted in the tradition associated with the Mabou Coal Mines. And, like her father and grandfather, she is a composer in the tradition, adding fine new music to the island’s repertoire. Her first CD, “License to Drive ‘Er,” earned a nomination as Roots Traditional Solo Artist of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards. One recent listener mused about Andrea’s playing, “There’s something indefinable about music’s power to make people move. It’s nearly impossible to talk about it. But you know it when you hear it. And Andrea Beaton has it.”

Amazingly, these two fiddle masters find time to stay sharp with some of the most fantastic step-dance footwork that you will see anywhere in the U.S or Canada. They break into dance mode spontaneously and feed off each other’s energy.

Highland dance, whether a Fling, a Sword dance, or a Lilt, displays the grace and artistry of the Scots. This year’s Gala welcomes back the Highland dancers from the Calder School of Highland dancing. Highland dances may have originally signified a victory in battle, but today they showcase the dexterity and graceful skills of the dancer, and the Calder School’s dancers are some of New Hampshire’s finest.

Jeremy Bell calls himself simply “a man in a kilt.” But his exploits on stage, at whiskey tastings, and corporate events across the country have endeared him to thousands throughout the United States. Jeremy brings an irreverent Scottish sense of propriety, along with his unique brand of humor, to every event he hosts. He will surprise and delight you.

The magic of the 2011 Gala starts the minute you approach your seat this year with a pre-concert audience warm-up by Fellswater, a Boston-based Celtic performance group. Fresh off a turn on the stages of the New Hampshire Highland Games, Fellswater’s lively music will get you in the mood for the whirlwind that follows at 2:30.

Tickets prices for this year’s Gala remain unchanged from previous years and range from $20.00 ($22.00 at the door) to $10.00 ($12.00 at the door) depending on the location within the grand Concord City Auditorium. You can order your tickets here, or by calling (603) 673-5145.

Jun 052011
 

Northern Roots Weekend
July 8 -10, 2011
at Green Mountain Camp, Dummerston, VT
w i t h

Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin)
Becky Tracy (fiddle)
Jean Duval (flute)
Jeff Warner (singing)

The second annual Northern Roots Weekend is quickly approaching. This is a wonderful weekend of traditional music with great instructors, including an expanded roster of singing classes.

We are excited to have Jean Duval bring his deep knowledge of French Canadian music, especially his repertoire of crooked tunes and his technical expertise on flute and whistle. And Jeff Warner, with his bottomless repertoire of great songs will be a wonderful addition to the singing side of camp this year. Singers will enjoy a full weekend of good song.

Last year’s session with Matt and Shannon Heaton was a tremendous success and we were almost at the capacity of the camp. We expect this year to fill so please consider registering soon while there is still space.

The Northern Roots Weekend features a series of intensive teaching workshops in traditional music with highly experienced and engaging instructors. Some classes will focus on technique specific to fiddle, flute, whistle, mandolin and guitar, but all instruments are welcome. There will also be many singing sessions. Some experience in traditional music required and a recording device is recommended.

In addition to other classes focusing on instrument technique or specific repertoire, there will be three ‘ensemble’ classes, each of which will meet three times – Dance Band Ensemble, French Canadian Ensemble and a Songs with Accompaniment group. These sessions are an opportunity to focus a little more in depth on a particular medley or song, perhaps working on an arrangement or some deeper issues of style. The groups will perform for each other on Sunday. It’s not a high performance situation, just a chance to share what we’ve been working on.
The dance band workshop will review the basics of playing for contra dancing but will also be an opportunity to form mini ensembles and experiment with arranging. Jean will lead the French Canadian Ensemble and Jeff’s singing group will encourage instrumentalists to come and work with them on song accompaniment.

In the evening, we will have something like an old style house party in a sweet little hall at the camp with some informal dancing of various styles and an open stage for campers to provide the music. There will be some singing and great food.

The Northern Roots Weekend will also be a wonderful chance to enjoy informal jam sessions and pub style singing in a lovely country setting (with swimming) in Dummerston, Vermont at Green Mountain Camp, located just 10minutes from downtown Brattleboro.

Camp begins Friday at 5pm through Sunday at 1pm with wonderful meals provided beginning with Friday supper through Sunday brunch. Rustic cabin accommodation is available and also good camping.

Cost: $230 / Includes all workshops, 5 meals and 2 nights cabin lodging (if desired) / $60 deposit
To register: Download 2011 SUMMER REGISTRATION FORM or call 802-257-4523
Instructors

Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy have been leading the Celtic Music Classes at the BMC for several years. They also founded the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT which happens annually in January in Brattleboro, VT. Becky’s fiddle playing and repertoire combines elements of traditional Irish and French Canadian music. She is a veteran of the New England contra dance scene and has performed and traveled widely. Keith is highly respected guitar player in the world of traditional music with a style based on DADGAD tuning. He has accompanied some of the finest players of traditional music and has played with many traditional bands, including the trio Nightingale with which he plays with Becky. Both Keith and Becky are experienced teachers and are particularly adept at helping initiate students in learning by ear.

Jean Duval is a pioneer of flute playing for traditional music in Quebec. Jean is a versatile and well-respected traditional musician, born in Montreal in 1961, who has been passionately interested in traditional Québécois and Celtic music since his adolescence. Jean plays the wooden flute, whistle, fiddle and harmonica. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in French Canadian crooked tunes at the University of Montreal.

Jeff Warner is among the nation’s foremost performer/interpreters of traditional music and was a featured performer at the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, January 2011. Jeff has performed widely, from large festivals in the UK, to clubs, festivals and schools across America. He plays concertina, banjo, guitar and several “pocket” instruments, including bones and spoons.

Keith Murphy and Rebecca Tracy
deepsea@sover.net
http://Blackislemusic.com
104 Washington St
Brattleboro, VT 05301

Jan 262011
 

ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS in CONCERT
Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the First Baptist Church, 190 Main St.
Brattleboro VT

Concert put on by Mary Lea aka Red Horse
Tickets: $15 in advance / $18 at the door
online: www.Brattleborotix.com
in person: The Toadstool, Colony Mill, Keene NH / Everyone’s Books, 23 Elliot St. in Brattleboro VT
Call 802-257-1571 for more information

Master Scottish fiddler, Alasdair Fraser, and cellist, Natalie Haas, join forces in
a concert of Scottish music–haunting Gaelic laments and airs, raucous dance
tunes and improvisations based on traditional themes. Acclaimed worldwide,
these two consummate performers are passionate and spellbinding. With an
expressive palette and stunning technical range, the duo carries on musical
conversations that weave around each other, support one another and
playfully exhort and entertain each other and their audiences.
Fraser is recognized as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever
produced and tours all over the world to great acclaim as soloist and
headliner of larger bands. His concerts in Brattleboro especially touch his
heart because of the community here. This is a concert that will leave you
entertained, inspired and uplifted.

Jan 172011
 

Brattleboro Music Center’s 4th Annual

NORTHERN ROOTS TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, January 29, Brattleboro, VT

Irish Scottish English Swedish & French Canadian Traditions

$E1 DAYTIME WORKSHOPS, CONCERTS, SESSIONS, FAMILY DANCE 12:00-5:30 pm

$E1 EVENING PERFORMANCE 7:30 pm

FEATURING: MARY ALICE AMIDON, PETER AMIDON, TONY BARRAND, SARAH BLAIR, MARY CAY
BRASS, DAVID CANTIENI, DOUG CREIGHTON, ANDY DAVIS, COREY DIMARIO, JESSIE
GAGNE-HALL, DAN HOUGHTON, LYDIA IEVINS, MARY LEA, ELLY MARSHALL, OWEN MARSHALL,
RANDY MILLER, KEITH MURPHY, GORDON PEERY, LOUISA PUGH, BRUCE SAGAN, LISSA
SCHNECKENBURGER, BECKY TRACY, JEFF WARNER

For Complete Schedule of Events, Tickets and Directions visit
www.bmcvt.org/northernroots
or call 802-257-4523

Jan 242010
 

The Eighth Annual March Mandolin Festival will be held March 5-7, 2010, at
the Concord Community Music School in Concord, New Hampshire. This year, the
festival features Mike Compton, Will Patton, Glen Loper, and David Surette,
with special guest Susie Burke. This two-day event offers group lessons, and
workshops on a variety of topics, jam sessions, and an evening concert.
Additionally, the festival will present a March 5, Friday night concert
featuring the same performers at The Stone Church, Newmarket, NH (this is a
separate ticket from the Concord events).

To register for the festival, send a check for $110 made out to:
Concord Community Music School
23 Wall St., Concord, NH 03301

Lodging is available at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
in Concord, New Hampshire, with a special festival rate. A limited number of
rooms have been set aside, so if you are interested, please contact the
hotel directly at 603-225-0303.

For more information, contact 207-384-8151, 603-228-1196 (Music School) or
email soozendave@surfglobal.net.
NH Council on the Arts Logo
Sponsors include the NH State Council on the Arts Traditional Arts Program,
www.MandolinCafe.com, and the Concord Courtyard Marriott Hotel.

Oct 212008
 


$12 ($9 senior, youth)

ANNALIVIA is one of latest hip alt-traditional acoustic bands to emerge form the potent Boston fiddle music scene. Their music combines Anglo-Celtic ballad singing and fiddle dance music traditions with North American counterparts in the Southern Appalachians and Cape Breton Island. Their sound is a genuine fusion of closely related musics which also draws on contemporary songwriters, in addition to contributing original instrumentals to an evolving tradition.

The 5-piece acoustic band features the gorgeous voice of Liz Simmons (who has performed with North Cregg, John Whelan, Aoife Clancy, and Karan Casey), champion Cape Breton fiddlers Brendan Carey Block and Emerald Rae, and rounded out by a nationally renown rhythm section of guitarist Flynn Cohen and Stuart Kenney on banjo and upright bass.
Annalivia on MySpace

Download Concert Poster

Jun 022008
 

Nelson Town Hall
Sunday, July 27th, 7:00
Admission: $15 at the door, $12 senior/youth/advance

Troy MacGillivray’s musical prowess can be attributed to an especially rare combination of commitment and bloodline. By the age of six, Troy was already impressing audiences with his step dancing skills. By 13 he was teaching piano at the renowned Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts in St. Anne’s, Cape Breton. He has completed grade seven of the Toronto Conservatory of Music for classical piano, spent four years in a stringed orchestra, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music from St. Francis Xavier University and received an Applied Music Technology Diploma for recording engineering.

Troy has a roots-centered approach to his fiddling and piano playing that has the power to inspire any audience. Troy’s 4th CD, Live At The Music Room, is the 2008 ECMA (East Coast Music Association) Instrumental Recording of the Year—it’s a live recording which took place January 2007 at The Music Room in Halifax, NS – one of the finest acoustic spaces in Canada. This unique facility, which houses a New York-built Steinway grand piano, superbly showcases Troy’s musical talents in a live setting and features a wide variety of strathespeys and reels, jigs and polkas, a hornpipe and a piano air .. and even some fantastic step-dancing! His first three recordings – ELEVEN (2005), Boomerang (2003) and Musical Ties (2001) – also received Music Nova Scotia and East Coast Music Award nominations. His latest project, When Here Meets There, is a unique collaboration with Canadian & US National Fiddle Champion Shane Cook that clearly showcases why both fiddlers are at the top of their game!

Troy’s bloodline is equally as impressive. The Lanark MacGillivrays and MacDonalds have been proprietors of the Gaelic tradition in Northeastern Nova Scotia for generations. Troy’s grandfather, Hugh A. MacDonald, is a member of the Nova Scotia Country Hall of Fame – an honour bestowed for his contribution to the Gaelic culture of Nova Scotia. Troy’s immediate family have all displayed their musical talents by joining him on both the stage and in the studio. The award winning tradition continues as Troy has been the recipient of the “Auleen Theriault Young Tradition Award” from the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival in Goderich, Ontario as well as the Danny Kyle Stage Award at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland and recently returned from a Canadian Military Troops Entertainment Tour in Afghanistan.

So, whether playing piano or fiddle, or showcasing his step dancing capabilities, Troy MacGillivray certainly displays an intense commitment to the Celtic heritage he inherited from his Highland ancestors.
For more about Troy, please visit his Web site.