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John Gorka

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $25 adv, $29 door
Children & Students w ID: $22 adv, $26 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

"You would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then she opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." - Scott Alarik

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This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Alasdair has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. www.alasdairfraser.com

". . . the expressive gamut from deep Celtic melancholy to joyful jig, his fiddle imitations of the bagpipe almost unbelievable, the whole rendered with a humble sincerity, flawless virtuosity and just about the sweetest sound since Fritz Kreisler." —L.A. TIMES

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. www.nataliehaas.com

"Natalie basically wrote the book on the cello's place in Celtic music.¨ - Peter Winter

Alasdair and Natalie have toured as a duo for over 15 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.

Visit their website at alasdairandnatalie.com.

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas stopped by the Strings studio to perform a few tunes. Watch the mesmerizing duo perform two tunes from the core of the Scottish-fiddle repertoire: Neil Gow’s “Neil Gow’s Wife”/”The Old Reel.” Next up is a composition by Natalie Haas, which she wrote for her best friend’s wedding, “Megan and Jared’s Waltz,” followed by Mike Vass’ “Cavers of Kirkcudbright.”




John Gorka

Hanneke Cassel

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


...arrestingly beautiful... Her arrangements of traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and originals composed in the Scottish idiom combine soaring melodies, ferocious momentum and dazzlingly intricate interplay.” — The Mercury News (May 2017)

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Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel is a performer, teacher and composer whose career spans over two decades. Her style fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton Island with Americana grooves and musical innovations, creating a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”

A prolific composer, Hanneke writes music from personal experiences of love and loss as well as to commemorate the joys and sorrows in the lives of loved ones. Hanneke’s latest release, Trip to Walden Pond, features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and seventeen new pieces composed in the Scottish idiom. While her lively style is very much evident, this new album carries a deep, soulful sound with songs of celebration and farewell. Produced by Finnish musician Antti Järvelä (FRIGG, JPP, Baltic Crossing), the album showcases long-time musical collaborators cellist Mike Block, guitarists Keith Murphy and Christopher Lewis, fiddler/violist Jeremy Kittel, and pianist Dave Wiesler. Antti Järvelä contributes guitar and piano to a couple of tracks and piper Samppa Saarinen is featured on the uilleann pipes. Trip to Walden Pond, similar to Hanneke’s five previous albums, offers mellifluous arrangements of traditional fiddle music and original tunes that evoke humor and heart. This latest album also includes several compositions penned by Hanneke as commissions to benefit Many Hopes, a children’s education nonprofit based in Kenya that she avidly supports.

A native of Port Orford, Oregon, Hanneke started out as a Texas-style fiddler and went on to win the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship, which awarded her the opportunity to study with Alasdair Fraser and introduced her to fiddle camps and the folk community -- both of which continue to play an integral role in her life. Hanneke teaches regularly at Fraser’s Valley of the Moon and Sierra Fiddle Camps, the Mike Block String Camp (run by her husband, acclaimed cellist Mike Block), Harald Haugaard’s International Fiddle School, and the Boston Harbor Scottish Fiddle School. She has served as a guest instructor in the American Roots department at Berklee College of Music, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in Violin Performance.

Visit the John's website at hannekecassel.com.

Hanneke Cassel , Mike Block & Christopher Lewis / The Captain / Salt Stage 04.08.2015 / One Longfellow Square / Portland Maine




John Prine Time

Zoe Mulford

Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $17 adv, $22 door
Children & Students w ID: $12 adv, $17 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Zoe Mulford is rapidly becoming best-known as the writer of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was covered by Joan Baez on her 2018 album "Whistle Down the Wind" and was voted "Song of the Year" by Folk Alliance International.

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I don't usually like folk music, but that underwear song is pretty good.
—patron, Taliano's Restaurant, Takoma Park, MD

Zoe Mulford is becoming best known as the author of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was covered by Joan Baez in 2018 and received an International Folk Award as Song of the Year at Folk Alliance International. She is also a powerful and engaging performer in her own right. She backs her voice with guitar or claw-hammer banjo, drawing on the traditional music of Appalachia and the British Isles and to create music that feels both comfortably lived-in and sparklingly fresh.

Raised near Philadelphia, Zoe took up the guitar and fell in love with the banjo during a twelve-year stint in Durham, North Carolina. Four years in Washington, DC introduced her to the community of contemporary songwriters, including her label-mates at the Azalea City Recordings cooperative. In 2006, she moved to the north of England. She now divides her time between Philadelphia, PA and Manchester, UK and tours on both sides of the Atlantic.

She has been a Kerrville Newfolk finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist. Her songs have been recognized by the Great American Song Contest and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, and appeared in Sing Out! Magazine.Her song "Welcome In Another Year" has become a seasonal favorite on folk radio. It has been performed by many other artists, including John Roberts and Tony Barrand in their Nowell Sing We Clear Christmas revue and Four Shillings Short in their Samhain show.

Visit Zoe's website here : zoemulford.com

The President Sang Amazing Grace Formal Showcase performance at NERFA 2018. Video: JB Nuttle, One World Video




John Gorka

Genticorum

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Genticorum have a rightful place amongst the new generation of internationally recognized Quebequois Bands. Beautifully presented recording….. harmonising brilliantly." — THE LIVING TRADITION

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Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than a 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries.

Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.


 

Visit the Genticorum's website at genticorum.com.

From the album "Avant l'orage"




Al and Amy

Al Petteway & Amy White, 25 Years Together

Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

Grammy-Award Winning Guitarist, Indie-Award Winning Duo with a Celtic & Appalachian Acoustic Groove.

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Al & Amy have long been a favorite, with their eclectic repertoire that includes original, traditional, contemporary Celtic- and Appalachian-influenced music with occasional nods to Blues, New Age, and Jazz. Their performances feature acoustic guitar, mandolin, Celtic harp, piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and some of the finest vocals you'll hear in any genre.

Before moving from the Washington, DC area to the mountains of Western North Carolina, Al & Amy won several Governor's Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, and a grand total of 50 WAMMIE Awards from the Washington Area Music Association including "Musician of the Year." Together, they won an Indie award for Gratitude, their album of original, groove-oriented instrumental guitar duets. Al went on to win a GRAMMY for his contribution to the album "Pink Guitar, The Music of Henry Mancini" and was voted one of the Top 50 Guitarists of all time by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine where he also won Silver and Bronze medals in the magazine’s “Players’ Choice Awards.”

More about Al and Amy on their website : alandamy.com




John Prine Time

Robin Bullock, Ken Kolodner & Elke Baker

Monday, December 9, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Robin Bullock returns for our annual Celtic holiday concert, with Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer) and fiddler Elke Baker!

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Robin Bullock

The music of Christmas, perfectly suited to the ageless tones of the acoustic guitar, comes to life in Robin Bullock's concert of carols and hymns spanning over 600 years, drawn from his bestselling holiday recordings A Guitar for Christmas and Christmas Eve is Here.

Internationally recognized as a master Celtic instrumentalist, Robin celebrates the many moods of the Yuletide season in gorgeous guitar interpretations, augmenting his six-string virtuosity with selections on cittern, mandolin and piano. Combining familiar favorites such as What Child is This, The First Noel, O Little Town of Bethlehem and his show-stopping solo guitar arrangement of Carol of the Bells with lesser-known pieces such as the traditional Scottish carol Rorate, the Irish Wexford Carol and the Shetland Islands fiddle tuneChristmas Day in the Morning, Robin weaves a spell from centuries of tradition and the joy of the season, creating an unforgettable evening of acoustic Christmas cheer.

Visit Robin's website at www.robinbullock.com.

Robin Bullock performs Carrol of the Bells at IMT, Dec. 2013.

Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, fiddle, hammered mbira) and National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker’s (fiddle, viola) approach to traditional music reflects both a deep respect for the tradition and a healthy spirit of creativity, as they effortlessly combine tremendous precision and musicality with a mastery of the improvisational freedom essential to traditional music. After collaborating for many years in performance, including guest recording on each other’s CDs, Elke and Ken celebrate the completion of their first duo release Out of the Wood. Hailing from the Baltimore area, National Scottish Fiddle Champion Elke Baker (fiddle and viola) and Ken Kolodner (hammered dulcimer, hammered mbira and fiddle) are widely known as masters of their instruments. Between them, they have recorded over 20 CDs and toured in every state in the U.S. and well-beyond. Called a "local treasure," (FSGW) Elke Baker's playing has been said to be a "rare delight," with "precise technical skill, and fulness of soul" (Celtic Beat) and capable "to make hearts bleed" (The Frederick News) while Ken’s playing has been described as “world class” (Sing Out!), "nothing short of astonishing" (The Connection), “outstanding” (The New York Times), “marvelous” (The Washington Post), “virtuosic” (Audio), “stunning in its musicality” (Dulcimer Player News) and “not to be missed” (USA TODAY). Elke and Ken perform a rich variety of Scottish, Quebecois and Irish music, original compositions, and refreshing, foot-stomping Old Time twin fiddling that'll bring the house down.

Visit Ken and Elke's website here : kenkolodner.com/ken-and-elke.html

"Bring a Torch", "The Orange Rogue" & "Lango Lee", performed by Elke Baker (www.elkebaker.com) and Ken Kolodner (www.kenkolodner.com) at the Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org), Rockville, Maryland, USA on December 3, 2012.




John Prine Time

A Scandinavian Christmas

Monday, December 16, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission


Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley & Melissa Running & Charlie Pilzer

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The Institute of Musical Traditions is proud to present a Scandinavian Holiday show! Andrea Hoag & Melissa Running (elegant, intricate, and heartlifting traditional music of Sweden on fiddle and nyckelharpa), Loretta Kelley (foremost American performer of the hardingele – an intricately decorated fiddle Native to Norway) and Charlie Pilzer (Grammy award-winning musician devoted to Celtic, folk and Scandinavian music since 1978).

So, what happens when you put together one of the finest American-born Swedish fiddlers with one of the finest American-born Norwegian fiddlers and add a guy who has traveled the northern countries of the world playing, well, yes, Scandinavian music with a multi-national band?

You get music that is anything but ordinary. Strings. Vibrating strings. Lots of them. One fiddle, one hardingfele, and one contrabass. Rich deep fundamental notes and ethereal haunting overtones. The scales twist your ears and the rhythm has a life of its own. From the tale of its origin to the names of the players who passed it along, each tune speaks of a land and a tradition.

None of this explains the raw life that fills the room when Andrea, Loretta and Charlie play. Perhaps it is the decades of experience and passion that each musician brings. Or maybe it is that they are playing music that fills their souls to overflowing.

Andrea, Loretta and Charlie’s CD, Hambo in the Snow, was nominated in the Best Traditional World Music Album category for the 49th Annual GRAMMY® Awards. It was an honor to be nominated and they had a lot of fun at the Grammys!

More about Melissa Running: Melissa discovered folk dance in college (PE credit!!) and never looked back, putting her classical background to a different use than it was intended originally in playing piano for English and Scottish country dance, and teaching English country dancing. But it wasn’t till some time later that she connected with Scandinavian folk music. She walked into what she thought would be an after-dance party, and discovered couples in a gently lit room twirling in perfect smoothness to the ethereal sounds of twin fiddles. That began a love affair with the form, one that speaks to the Baroque *and* the folk in her background.

Wonderful musicians all! Haunting melodies, rousing dance tunes... ageless timeless evocations of forests and communities in celebration. The children were bouncing in their seats and the grown-ups feeling nostalgic for places they may have never been!—Roberta Gasbarre, Director, Discovery Theater, Smithsonian Institution

Visit their website here : hoagkelleypilzer.com

The Devil's Tune, performed by Andrea Hoag, Loretta Kelley, and Charlie Pilzer (www.hoagkelleypilzer.com). In concert at The Institute of Musical Traditions (www.imtfolk.org) on December 14, 2009.




Here are a few organizations that share goals and values with IMT.

House of Musical Traditions

Artivate
Since 1972, HMT's been the DC-area's source for new and vintage folk instruments from around the world + books & DVDs, lessons & workshops, repairs, instrument & pro audio rentals. Institute of Musical Traditions was born from a concert series started by David Eisner, HMT's owner. Barnaby Productions Barnaby presents the fall & winter Celtic Concerts series at the Old Brogue & the Swift Run summer house concerts in Great Falls, VA & is the home of DC's pan-Celtic band IONA.
Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eirean, O'Neill-Malcolm Branch The largest, single, non-profit group involved in the preservation & promotion of Irish traditional music and culture. The O'Neill Branch of CCE presents concerts, dances, summer music and dance schools & the Musical Arts & Dance Week school.

Carpe Diem Arts
DC Bluegrass Union
DCBU promotes bluegrass in the DC area. They maintain an online calendar of bluegrass events & present a bluegrass festival each February. Focus Music
Focus presents concerts in Rockville, Alexandria & Mount Vernon in an intimate, "up-close" environment, creating the opportunity for audiences to discover high-quality new artists & for artists to find sustainable & supportive audiences in the Greater DC / Metro area. Folklore Society of Greater Washington FSGW presents concerts, dances & special weekend gatherings. They also publish a comprehensive monthly newsletter listing events in the Washington area on their website.
The Greater Washington Ceili Club
GWCC hosts monthly ceili dances with live music & sponsors a year-round program of dance instruction. Mary Cliff's Traditions Mary hosts two radio shows and publishes lists of upcoming folk music events on her website.
The Songwriters Association of Washington SAW presents concerts & workshops & hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Concest.


Special Thanks...

We are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by contributions from individual donors and by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.

AHCMC  MSAC

A couple of words about IMT


The Institute of Musical Traditions (IMT) is an independent nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization which preserves and promotes American and international folk music traditions and nurtures new styles evolving from these cultural roots by presenting concerts, workshops, and educational programs in the Greater Washington DC metropolitan area. It was born in 1988 from a concert series started by David Eisner, the owner of the House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, Maryland. IMT's world-class performances, programs, and other activities are funded through corporate donations, foundations and public funding agencies, but mostly through ticket sales and contributions from individual supporters.

To all of those who support us financially, the audiences who come to the shows, believe in our mission and above all LISTEN TO THE MUSIC - we cannot thank you enough!

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October at the Institute of Musical Traditions...

We have a LOT of shows packed into October, so we should probably all start thinking about them now!
 

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas
Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $25 adv, $29 door
Children & Students w ID: $22 adv, $26 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission
 
"You would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then she opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." - Scott Alarik
 


Hanneke Cassel
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30pm
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $20 adv, $25 door
Children & Students w ID: $15 adv, $20 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

“...arrestingly beautiful... Her arrangements of traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and originals composed in the Scottish idiom combine soaring melodies, ferocious momentum and dazzlingly intricate interplay.” — The Mercury News (May 2017)
 

Zoe Mulford
Monday, October 28, 2019, 7:30pm
Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $17 adv, $22 door
Children & Students w ID: $12 adv, $17 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

Zoe Mulford is rapidly becoming best-known as the writer of "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was covered by Joan Baez on her 2018 album "Whistle Down the Wind" and was voted "Song of the Year" by Folk Alliance International.

 

 

Next at IMT:

John Gorka

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Monday, October 21, 2019, 7:30pm

Saint Mark Presbyterian Church
10701 Old Georgetown Rd,
Rockville, MD, 20852

Tickets: $25 adv, $29 door
Children & Students w ID: $22 adv, $26 door
$2 box office fee added to all advance purchases, advance ticketing ends at 1pm day-of show, all tickets are general admission

"You would think they'd been playing together for centuries. While his fiddle dances, her cello throbs darkly or plucks puckishly. Then she opens her cello's throat, joining Fraser in soaring sustains, windswept refrains, and sudden, jazzy explosions. Their sound is as urbane as a Manhattan midnight, and as wild as a Clackmannan winter." - Scott Alarik

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This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser is a consummate performer. His dynamic fiddling, engaging stage presence, and deep understanding of Scotland's music have created a constant and international demand for his solo appearances and concerts with a variety of ensembles. Alasdair has been a major force behind the resurgence of traditional Scottish fiddling in his homeland and the U.S., inspiring legions of listeners and learners through his recordings, annual fiddle camps, and concerts. www.alasdairfraser.com

". . . the expressive gamut from deep Celtic melancholy to joyful jig, his fiddle imitations of the bagpipe almost unbelievable, the whole rendered with a humble sincerity, flawless virtuosity and just about the sweetest sound since Fritz Kreisler." —L.A. TIMES

Natalie Haas is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. A graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with cellist Fred Sherry, Natalie discovered the cello at age nine. In addition to having extensive classical music training, she is accomplished in a broad array of fiddle genres. Her music journey found purpose when she fell in love with Celtic music at the Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School at age 11. Inspired and encouraged by director Fraser, she began to investigate the cello's potential for rhythmic accompaniment to fiddle tunes. www.nataliehaas.com

"Natalie basically wrote the book on the cello's place in Celtic music.¨ - Peter Winter

Alasdair and Natalie have toured as a duo for over 15 years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound. Their first album together, Fire & Grace, was awarded Best Album of the Year in the Scots Trad Music Awards 2004.

Visit their website at alasdairandnatalie.com.

Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and cellist Natalie Haas stopped by the Strings studio to perform a few tunes. Watch the mesmerizing duo perform two tunes from the core of the Scottish-fiddle repertoire: Neil Gow’s “Neil Gow’s Wife”/”The Old Reel.” Next up is a composition by Natalie Haas, which she wrote for her best friend’s wedding, “Megan and Jared’s Waltz,” followed by Mike Vass’ “Cavers of Kirkcudbright.”






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Other Area Events

Here are a few of the other concerts and music festivals coming up in the area.

For more local shows, plus workshops, camps, classes, dances, jams & sessions, visit IMT's Other Events page.


School of Musical Traditions Presents : Irish Flute Workshop & Concert with Steph Geremia
Fri Oct 18th, 2019 | 6pm (workshop) 8pm (concert) | School of Musical Traditions 1057 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD | $35 (concert only just $20)
Acclaimed Irish flautist Steph Geremia will present a flute workshop addressing the fundamentals of playing Irish traditional music followed by a concert: Steph Geremia & The Flyaways (direct from Ireland).


School of Musical Traditions Presents : Aaron Jonah Lewis
Wed Oct 23rd, 2019 | 7.30pm (meet & greet) 8pm (concert) | School of Musical Traditions 1057 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD | $20
Join us for a special, intimate concert with multi-instrumental old-time artist Aaron Jonah Lewis!


YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND AT THE HAMILTON LIVE
Sat Nov 16th, 2019 | THE HAMILTON LIVE
For the past 20 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation.


Always check the event website for correct and up-to-date information. IMT is not responsible for these listings.

You can also find local event listings on these websites.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington
www.fsgw.org

The DC Bluegrass Union
www.dcbu.org/calendar.htm

Mary Cliff's Who's Where lists
www.marycliff.net