In the Deep of Winter, Lots of Opportunities

So many things to look forward to in January… 3 wonderful weekends worth of events starting with the Fiddle Retreat!
Fiddle Summit Concert
Friday, January 6* 8PM

Enjoy a fine evening of fiddle music with astounding accompaniment at this annual showcase concert.  Artists feature a wide variety of styles including Katie McNally and Elke Baker (Scottish, Cape Breton), Graham DeZarn (Irish), Alexander Mitchell (bluegrass, swing), Andrea Hoag (Scandinavian, English, more), and Alan Jabbour and Rachel Eddy (Appalachian), as well as Karen Ashbrook on the hammered dulcimer, and all accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Paul Oorts and Dave Wiesler on guitar.   Concert takes place at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street, Shepherdstown, WV.  Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304-263-2531.

Shepherdstown Contra Dance
Saturday, January 7* 8PM
Kappy Lanning
calls a lively array of contra dances to the rollicking tunes of the Fiddle Retreat Open Band, led by Alexander Mitchell, Andrea Hoag, Dave Wiesler and Paul Oorts along with a talented crew of students attending the workshops.  The dance is held in the War Memorial Building, 102 E. German Street, 25443.  All are welcome, no partners needed. Please wear clean, soft-soled shoes to protect the floor. Potluck snacks at the break.  Free introductory workshop at 7:30pm.  Admission $12, $8 SMaD members, $5 for dancers under 12.  Info: John Sauer, 301-543-3272 or smad.us.
Both the Fiddle Retreat and the Pipers Weekend (Squeeze the Bag have opportunities to study with these fine musicians!


 

Upper Potomac Music Weekends 2017* Fiddle Retreat* Pipers Weekend
Workshops take place in the relaxed retreat setting of Shepherd University and the surrounding historic buildings in Shepherdstown, WV.  See the web at upperpotomacmusic.info or call 304-263-2531 or email upperpotomac@gmail.com for more information.

Squeeze the Bag Concert
Saturday, January 14*8PM
The bellows-blown bagpipe is a quieter, more parlor-oriented cousin to the great highland bagpipes most folks are familiar with, designed to be played with other instruments in smaller, more intimate settings. Four kinds of bagpipes will be featured: the Scottish smallpipe, the quieter cousin of the great highland pipes, the Irish uilleann (or Union) pipes, Northumbrian smallpipes and the Border pipes which are played in the border region between Scotland and England.  The concert is divided into three sections… We’ll open with the tiny Northumbrian pipes of England with Dick Hensold, then we’ll move to Irish section of the program with uilleann piper, Joey Abarta, flutist John Skelton, and fiddler, Nathan Gourley. The Scottish section of the concert will feature pipers Hollis Easter, Nick Hudson, and Iain MacHarg 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. At Shepherd University’s Reynolds Hall, 100 N. King Street, Shepherdstown, WV. Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304-263-2531.

Georgian Polyphonic Singers: Adilei
Saturday, January 28* 8PM
Experience singing like you have never heard before as this group of young men from Soviet Georgia perform the traditional music of their homeland.  Adilei’s main passion lies in the songs from the province of Guria in Western Georgia, which is the most musically developed region in the country, and has often been compared to jazz, because improvisation is its main component, and all the voice parts move independently of each other, creating contrapuntal polyphony; and also characterized by krimanchuli, a yodeling technique often present in the upper voice. Concert takes place at Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church, 100 West Washington Street, Shepherdstown, WV.  Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members, $10 students.  Information on the web at smad.us, or email upperpotomac@gmail.com, or call 304- 263-2531.

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END OF THE JANUARY 2017 POST

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