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Celtic Fiddle Festival
April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
“…each of those fiddlers is not only a master musician but is also a master performer. They have stage craft to burn… If you can get to see them live you are in for a treat…” –Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine
Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France) you have a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.
“Three sensational fiddlers from three distinct Celtic traditions. Exhilarating fun!” – Boston Herald
In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and cultural heritage, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. The quartet combines their considerable talents, rich musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires, and together conjure an unforgettable performance, playing with such relentless precision and fire, that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers.
“Stunning ensemble playing and superb solo performances… think Altan sipping brandy. Way to go, lads!” – Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine
Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler whose formidable career includes the seminal Irish groups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street. Playing the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo, Kevin is a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Award. Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Scotland’s Charlie McKerron, from the band Capercaillie, has won awards both as a player and as a composer. In a land famed for extraordinary fiddlers, he is among the finest. Nicolas Quemener is a master open-tuning guitarist, who grew up in Angers, France and studied percussion in the National School of Music. He has been a part of many superb Celtic bands, including Arcady, and Kornog, and continues to play and record with many acclaimed Breton and Irish artists.
“…Among the world’s greatest Celtic fiddlers. Whether alone or á trois, they possess a breathtaking virtuosity.” – Philadelphia Weekly
Doors open at 7:00 and concert starts at 8:00 PM
Ticket Prices & Info:
All Tickets are General Admission
$25 in advance until 3:00 PM on the day of event
$35 at the door
Children: 12 years and below are free when accompanied by an adult
Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.
Here’s Celtic Fiddle Festival in Action: