Drive the Cold Winter Away

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Wednesday, December 23: Renaissance Christmas Concert at St. Peters Lutheran Church 8pm.

Tina Chancey (longtime director) of HESPERUS joins with Niccolo Seligmann and Brian Kay from DIVISIO, a Baltimore-based group mixing Early music and Early magic designed to drive the cold winter away.
DIVISIO’s musical influences cut a broad swath – from Spain, Italy, Greece, to Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, and Northern Africa. Grounded in these living traditions, Divisio sends roots into cultures long gone and wide branches into cultures still in development. Together the three musicians play more than a dozen early and traditional instruments from oud to viol and kamenj to tar,combined in a program that will energize and delight you.
At St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at 110 N. King St. in Shepherdstown, WV. Admission is $22 adults, $20 seniors and $18 members and $10 for students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.

Saturday, January 2: January Contra Dance at 8PM
Come out for a wonderful post-new year’s dance with Will Mentor calling to the Stringrays, with extraordinary New England fiddler, Rodney Miller, along with guitar and mandolin player, Max Newman who is also busy with his feet!, and the incredible Stuart Kenny on bass and banjo.  It promises to bring great delight!  Beginner’s workshop at 7:30, dance starts at 8pm.  Potluck snacks at the break.

Fiddle Retreat Fun!

Fiddle Summit: Friday, January 8 at 8pm
This annual concert presents some of the finest fiddlers from a variety of traditions with some extraordinary accompaniment. Featured artists include national Scottish fiddle champion Emerald Rae, Pascal Gemme, the driving force behind the French Canadian supergroup Genticorum, David Kaynor, known for his solid New England style and graceful Scandinavian fiddling, bluegrass and old-time fiddler and mandolinist Danny Kniceley, 6-time WV fiddle champion, Jake Krack, Ken Kolodner on dulcimer and fiddle, the fine flair of English country dance music from Peter Barnes (piano, flute) and Mary Lea and Paul Oorts. Together, this incredible line-up promises to bring a night of enchantment to all who love the folk violin. Co-sponsored with Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat. Jam session to follow. At the Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. Admission is $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students.
Tickets will be available at the door.
For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.
Fiddle Retreat Contra Dance: Saturday, January 9
David Kaynor calls to the immense “wall of sound” from the Fiddle Retreat Open Band led by David Kaynor, Pascal Gemme, Mary Lea, Peter Barnes and more. *No beginner’s workshop.
All levels welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Potluck snacks at the break. Admission is $12 adults, $8 SMD members, $5 dancers under 12 years old.

Squeeze the Bag!
Saturday, January 16, 8pm
Four kinds of bagpipes will be featured in this showcase concert, including the tiny Northumbrian pipes of England with Ian Lawther, the uilleann pipes, performed by, Cillian Valleley, joined together with flutist Kevin Crawford, and fiddler, Colin Farrell who form the heart of the supergroup Lunasa. The Scottish section of the concert will feature pipers Mike MacNintch, Nick Hudson, and EJ Jones along with his accompanist, bouzouki player Frances Cunningham all tied together by our host piper, Bob Mitchell and more, in a set of music from the highlands and border regions of Scotland and Cape Breton on both Scottish smallpipes and Border pipes.The concert will take place at Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall. Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.EJ Jones with others from an earlier Squeeze the Bag… this year’s program with provide lots of variety!

End of the Holiday Post…. earlier posts below!

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