An Evening of Celtic and New England Fiddle Tunes
Fiddler Rodney Miller is joined by guitarist David Surette and pianist Gordon Peery for the final program of the Hancock summer bandstand concert series. The concert is on Thursday August 14th and starts at 7:00 on the Hancock NH Common. This concert is free and open to all. The trio will perform a concert of Celtic and New England fiddle tunes.
Rodney Miller was designated a “Master Fiddler” in 1983 by the National Endowment for the Arts. He is widely considered to be the foremost exponent of New England style fiddling, a uniquely American blend of French Canadian and Celtic influences. Over the past 35 years, he has toured the U.S., British Isles, Australia and Denmark, performed and taught at hundreds of music and dance festivals, and recorded over ten fiddle albums.
In 1999, Rodney represented the state of New Hampshire, playing traditional fiddle music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. He has also appeared on Garrison Keillor’s National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” performed live with the Twyla Tharp Modern Dance Company, performed at the Lincoln Center in New York, and was recorded on the album Songs and Sounds of the Sea for the National Geographic Society.
Most recently, Rodney has been named New Hampshire Artist Laureate, a two-year position bestowed by Governor Maggie Hassan.
David Surette is regarded as one of New England’s most accomplished guitarists in the folk tradition. His solo albums “Back Roads” and “Trip to Kemper” have to establish him as a top player and arranger of Celtic fingerstyle guitar, yet his diverse repertoire also includes original compositions, blues and ragtime, traditional American roots music, and folk music from a variety of traditions, all played with finesse, taste, and virtuosity.
He also plays regularly with fiddler Rodney Miller, with whom he performed at the 1999 Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, and with whom he has released two recordings. In addition to performing and recording, David maintains an active teaching schedule, and is head of the folk department at the Concord (NH) Community Music School.
Gordon Peery is known for his energetic and orchestral style of piano accompaniment for New England contra dance music. His playing has taken him throughout Europe, and, with Rodney Miller, he participated in the 10th Annual Shetland Islands Music Festival in 1987. He had the privilege to perform with the Irish band The Chieftains at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, but considers it an equal honor to share the stage with a variety of local musicians at the regular Nelson Monday night contra dance.
While Gordon and David have both played individually with Rodney, their performances as a trio are rare. They are looking forward to the summer evening setting of the Hancock bandstand to deliver a performance that will have a delightful blend of polish and spontaneity.