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Saturday, October 13, 9:30am - 5pm
The Festival will bring together three fiddle players: stellar jazz violinist Jason Anick, whose credits include performances with Stevie Wonder, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns, and Glory; Scottish fiddling phenom Katie McNally, who has been hailed as “the new face of Scottish fiddling” by The Living Tradition Magazine; and Concord’s own Irish and New England contra dance musician Liz Faiella, chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department at the Concord Community Music School.
Note: Workshops are geared towards teens and adults, but a few spaces are available for kids 9-12.
Fiddle players of various levels and styles are invited to participate in a range of workshop offerings and jam sessions, taught by fiddlers Jason Anick, Gypsy jazz, Katie McNally, Scottish, and Liz Faiella, Irish and New England contradance. Workshops will be offered for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players during each workshop session. Beginner workshops are geared towards musicians who have a basic knowledge of their instrument.
The workshops and concert will take place on Saturday, October 13 at the Concord Community Music School, 23 Wall Street in downtown Concord, N.H.
About the Artists
Talk to the abundantly gifted violinist and mandolin player Jason Anick and the phrase “jazz without borders” will invariably come up. His recent release, United, was picked by Downbeat Magazine as one of the top jazz albums of 2017. One of the youngest violin professors at Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Anick is considered “a rising star in the world of jazz violin and mandolin” (Downbeat Magazine). In addition to leading his own contemporary jazz ensemble and performing with the Rhythm Future Quartet, Anick has been touring and recording with Grammy award-winning Nashville guitar virtuoso John Jorgenson since 2008. With performances all over the U.S. and Europe, the Rhythm Future Quartet is rapidly becoming one of the preeminent Gypsy jazz groups in the country. A versatile musician and sought after side-man, Anick has also shared the stage with an array of artists like Stevie Wonder, Tommy Emmanuel, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, John Sebastian, Delta Rae, and Girls, Guns and Glory. With performances all over the world from China, Europe, and Japan and renowned venues like the Montreal Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Smalls Jazz Club, Scullers Jazz Club, Yoshi's, Iridium, TD Garden, Regattabar, NPR, and The Late Night Show, Jason has proven himself to be a leader in the ever-growing contemporary string world.
“The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA” (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album, Flourish, in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddle playing with the talents of genre-crossing pianist Neil Pearlman and bluegrass phenom Shauncey Ali on viola. The trio recently traveled to Cape Breton to record a brand-new album released in Fall 2016. Recorded at the legendary Lakewind Sound Studios in Cape Breton, The Boston States was hailed as "one of the best modern Cape Breton records of the past ten years." (Irish Music Magazine) Recent cover girl for Fiddler Magazine, Katie has performed and taught fiddle courses in the U.S., Canada, Spain, Scotland, England, and France. A member of the cross-genre fiddle super-group Childsplay since 2009, she appears on their CD and concert video release, “As the Crow Flies,” produced by legendary Irish fiddler, Liz Carroll. McNally performs regularly as a soloist and has collaborated in the past with guitarist Eric McDonald and all-woman trad group, Long Time Courting. A student of acclaimed fiddler Hanneke Cassel, Katie has played at the Newport Folk Festival, the Barns at Wolf Trap, The Freight and Salvage, The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes, Benaroya Hall, as well as various folk venues throughout North America.
An Irish fiddler with New England contra dance flair and classical sensitivities, Liz Faiella has captivated audiences at premier folk venues, contradances, and festivals around New England. Along with her brother, guitarist Dan Faiella, Liz has performed at Club Passim, the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the New England Folk Festival, the Acadia Trad Festival, and New Hampshire’s Seacoast Irish Festival. The duo recently released their debut album, At Long Last. Liz has received music and dance scholarships from the New England Folk Festival Association and the Country Dance and Song Society; and has shared the stage with celebrated New England folk musicians including David Surette, Randy Miller, Dudley and Jacqueline Laufman, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and Grammy winner Dan Zanes. In 2015, she was selected by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts to conduct fieldwork on the history of contradancing in New Hampshire. Liz has had the opportunity to learn from fiddlers Liz Knowles, Lissa Schneckenburger, and Liz Carroll in lessons and workshops, and studied sean-nós Irish singing with Bridget Fitzgerald at Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Boston. She has taught at the Strathspey and Reel Society of NH, Maine Fiddle Camp, and Acadia School of Traditional Music & Arts, and is the organizer of the Fall Fiddle Festival at the Concord Community Music School, where she serves as chair of the Folk, Jazz, and Popular Music Department.
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