Thursday, September 30, 2010

FRIDAY: IRISH FIDDLE MUSIC. FREE ADMISSION! - Billy's Tavern - Rockland - Camden - Knox - The Herald Gazette

Still life with oystersImage via Wikipedia"Don't miss it! Every Friday night we have excellent Irish music by some of the best players on the coast.
Taste an Irish Tradition--Oysters and Guinness!� 6 local oysters and a pint for only $14. Show starts at 8:00 p.m. Free admission.
Fresh, handpicked local lobster rolls and lobster stew all weekend.
Billy's Tavern is located in downtown Thomaston, just off Beechwood Street, behind the main business block."
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Pretty Maggie Morrison - A Hornpipe

Linkhorne Student Places Top in State Fair Fiddle Competition

"Lynchburg, VA - Dudley Raine, 13,�an 8th grader at Linkhorne Middle School, placed second in the Virginia State Fair Youth Fiddle Competition this past weekend.

He then went on to place third in the overall fiddle competition, where he competed against adults.

Raine has only been playing the Irish fiddle for two years. He began playing the viola four years ago.

'I didn't know I was going to get that far with winning this. And so I was just so happy and when I went up it just felt really good to get the ribbon,' Raine said.

Raine received a cash prize of $150."

Friday, September 24, 2010

Fiddle fest a bridge to past

"The 40th anniversary of the Payson fiddle festival is not just a celebration of 40 years of fiddle music under the Rim. The event is a way to honor our history.

The pioneers who came West with a fiddle were prized in their communities. Their music afforded a bright spot in the backbreaking work of eking out an existence in a wild country. When one or two came together, folks would travel from miles around — sometimes for a full day — to dance the night away in a schoolhouse, see family, visit with neighbors, and maybe embark on a courtship.

Much of the music itself is also a connection to our history. Some selections reach all the way back to the Irish, Scots, Welsh and other immigrants who made their way across the Atlantic to settle in America. Other pieces represent the evolution of songs from the 19th and 18th centuries."

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Celtic Fiddle Festival regroups with new musicians

"Sept. 23--The last time the Celtic Fiddle Festival played Tulsa was one of the last times the original trio performed together.

Johnny Cunningham, a former leader of the legendary Scottish band Silly Wizard, died in December 2003. The remaining players -- Kevin Burke from Ireland and Brittany native Christian Lemaitre -- decided to continue the group, which had formed in 1992 as a side project from their work with other ensembles.

The newest member is Andre Brunet from Quebec, Canada. Brunet, who also plays with the French-Canadian band La Bottine Souriante, performs a unique blend of folk music originating from France, England, Ireland and Scotland, imbued over time with a color and rhythm particular to various regions of Quebec."

Celtic fiddler will be 'playing that funky music' at the Hett

"LEBANON -- If you've never seen Celtic fiddler Natalie MacMaster moonwalk to 'Play That Funky Music,' you really need to circle Nov. 20 on your calendar.
That's when the internationally renowned musician will team up with her equally well-known husband, Donnell Leahy, to light up the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts stage as part of McKendree University's 2010-2011 Performance Series, which opens Wednesday with Hot Club of San Francisco.
You might want to get those tickets now. Five shows in the series are sold out already -- the Golden Dragon Acrobats, Christmas shows by The Lettermen and the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America, the Vienna Boys Choir and a Beatles tribute -- and several others are going fast. However, a few tickets for the sellouts may be available on the day of the show; call the Hett box office at 537-6863 to find out."

Special concert opens Fiddle Festival

The Payson Roundup / Special concert opens Fiddle Festival: "The 2010 version of the Payson Fiddle Contest and Arizona State Fiddle Championship has a new element — a special concert to open the festivities.

A weekend of fiddle music at the Payson Event Center Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 will be preceded by a bluegrass and western music concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 24 at the Payson High School Auditorium.

The concert will feature the band Providence with Michael Rolland, Thomas Porter, John Burton and Billy Parker."

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tosa East student takes fiddle skills to Ireland

"Tosa East orchestra director Jeff Sturgeon didn't know he had a world-class Irish fiddler in his class.

And, modest as she is, junior Caitlin Helmers didn't tell him - he found out during a conversation with Caitlin's mother.

But as surprised as he was to hear Caitlin had spent a week in August at the All-Ireland Music Festival, it wasn't a total shock, either.

'She's a talented musician,' Sturgeon said. 'She always practices hard.'

Caitlin, who plays violin in the East orchestra, took up the Irish fiddle about five years ago. She was an Irish dancer, and her interest was piqued by the musicians playing during the dance competitions.

So Caitlin, who has been playing violin since the first grade, decided to start taking fiddle lessons at the Irish Fest Center, just around the corner from Tosa East."

More than 5,000 attend Lyons Fiddle Festival

"By Roxanne Richardson
Patriot Correspondent

The aroma of funnel cakes and bar-b-q was tempting, but it was the sound of music that drew nearly 5,000 people to the Lyons Fiddle Festival on Sunday.

Festival committee member Chantille Reppert said the Fiddle Festival is getting back to roots American style.

“I love my community and I want to put Lyons on the map. The Fiddle Festival is our biggest fundraiser. We’re almost out of tickets. We went through two huge pigs—it gets bigger every year.”"

Forty-strong fiddle band storms the west!

"The Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club are touring NSW and running daytime workshops in Penrith on Wednesday September 29 2010, the first Wednesday of the school holidays, to be followed by an evening concert featuring The Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers, with Chris Duncan and Catherine Strutt and guests.

This is the only Sydney venue in the famous fiddlers’ tour which takes in country NSW too. This is a unique opportunity for fiddlers/violinists of all levels of experience, from relative beginners to advanced players, to learn new tunes and styles in a relaxed and fun setting from skilled workshop leaders, members of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club.

Workshop sessions. Participants can choose workshop sessions in Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, and Irish fiddle styles; as well as step dancing, cello, and guitar techniques."

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Pickin' Chicks: Young band will fiddle their way into your heart - Entertainment - bnd.com

The Pickin' Chicks: Young band will fiddle their way into your heart - Entertainment - bnd.com: "Bluegrass beats baby-sitting as a way to earn extra money.
At least that's what four girls in The Pickin' Chicks band think.
'All my friends have to baby-sit on weekends,' said guitarist Mallory Warnecke, 14, of New Athens. 'All we have to do is play for an hour and we make three times as much. And it's fun!'

Mallory is lead singer for the band, braces and all. She also serves as emcee, introducing songs and telling jokes.
The banjo player is Mallory's sister, Nikki, a 12-year-old partial to pigtails. She also wields an upright bass that's double her size.
Millie Eisenhauer, 10, of DuQuoin, on fiddle, and Paige Johnson, 13, of Evansville, on fiddle and upright bass, round out the band."

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Must Be The Music final: Daith�O Drona�performs ‘Ci’ for his girlfriend @ Unreality TV

"Irish teenager Daithi took the Wembley stage in the Must Be The Music final tonight.

The violinist combines his fiddle and a recording loop station to create distinctive sounds for his music. His last track, played on the show’s semi final, reached number three in the alternative UK music charts earlier this month."

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Johnny Canning on Irish Fiddle

2010 Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship finalists named

West Kilbride Village HallImage via WikipediaBBC News - 2010 Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship finalists named: "The finalists for the prestigious 2010 Glenfiddich Fiddle Championships have been unveiled.
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Inverness, Shetland and West Kilbride are all represented.
The championships will take place on the weekend of 30 and 31 October as competitors and visitors travel to Blair Atholl.
The competition was established in 1989 and is now in its 21st year."
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Fiddler's Bid to make themselves known - Borders Today

Shetland RepostImage by ewanr via FlickrFiddler's Bid to make themselves known - Borders Today: "Fiddler's Bid to make themselves known
Published Date: 16 September 2010
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Fiddler's Bid to make themselves known
THE Riddell Fiddles play host to Shetland band Fiddler's Bid in Melrose's Corn Exchange on Monday, September 27.
It is the septet's only Borders gig, and only last year they picked up a Scots Trad Music Award.
Not only do they play fiddle, but the group also use guitar, electric bass and harp.
They have been described as a 'musical tornado' and playing like 'angels and devils'."
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