Set to perform a â€śperfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter,â€ť the Celtic Fiddle Festival quartet will showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles in a concert at Frostburgâ€™s historic Palace Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m.
The group, which is touring the U.S., is made up of three fiddlers and an accompanying guitarist from various Celtic regions. The show is organized by Mountain City Traditional Arts, a program of Frostburg State University.
The Celtic Fiddle Festival released its first CD in 1993, beginning with two great friends and fiddlers â€“ one Scottish, the other Irish. The fiddling duo earned much success after receiving a chance in New York City. From that point on, the group expanded and performed for packed houses across the U.S. and Europe. At each concert, solo performances demonstrate the uniqueness of the individual styles of music. The sounds from each musician represent their regional repertoires. Then together, they collaborate to provide dazzling energy and subtle grace. The quartet combines its considerable talents, rich musical traditions and spontaneous humor and, in return, experiences sold-out tours and standing ovations.
The Washington Post recognizes the group as â€śthree of the finest folk violinists anywhere.â€ť Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler who plays the highly ornamented style of Country Sligo. He is a recipient of the NEAâ€™s National Heritage Award and one of The Celtic Fiddle Festivalâ€™s original musicians. Christian LemaĂ®tre joined the original duo early on to share the beautiful music of Brittany, France. He honed his fiddling skills by playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at night dances throughout Brittany. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Charlie McKerron, the Scottish member, has won awards as a player and a composer. He is considered to be among the finest in a land famed for extraordinary fiddlers. G Nicolas Quemener is a master open-tuning guitarist from Angers, France. He studied percussion in the National School of Music, 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.
Tickets can be purchased at the door, costing $20 for general admission and $5 for students and children.
Dedicated to the education, sales, documentation and perpetuation of the traditional arts in the mountain region, Mountain City Traditional Arts is a program of Frostburg State University, with support from FrostburgFirst, the Allegany Arts Council and the Maryland Traditions Program of the State Arts Council. For more information, email
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