BOSTON HARBOR SCOTTISH FIDDLE SCHOOL 2015
The 11th Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School is to be held on beautiful Thompson Island in Boston Harbor between August 9-15 2015. The island is a short ferry ride from downtown Boston, Massachusetts. How we love it! This year the fabulous teaching staff includes the great Western Isles fiddler Ali White, who we’ve had the extreme pleasure of playing with at Iona, and hairy monster Scottish accordionist Sandy Brechin, along with more temperate persons of great talent such as Cynthia McLeod, the great PEI fiddle player and Elias Alexander, wunderkind of pipes and fiddle both. All the details here. Sign up, it’ll change your life .
ALASDAIR FRASER AND NATALIE HAAS’ ASHOKAN FIDDLE AND CELLO CAMP 2015
The 2nd annual Ashokan Scottish Fiddle and Cello Weekend will take place in upstate NY May 1st – 3rd. It was a master blast of great fun last year and the facility and food at Ashokan are just fabulous, a great compliment to the great tuition of two master musicians on big and wee fiddle. Sign up here.
The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas may not seem an obvious one. Fraser, acclaimed by the San Francisco Examiner as “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling,” has a concert and recording career spanning 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic). Fraser has been sponsored by the British Council to represent Scotland’s music internationally, and received the Scottish Heritage Center Service Award for outstanding contributions to Scottish culture and traditions.
Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, wasn’t even born when Alasdair was winning national fiddle competitions on the other side of the Atlantic. But this seemingly unlikely pairing is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music.