Holiday Concert and into the New Year

Scandinavian Holiday Concert with Andrea Hoag, and Melissa Running
Sunday, December 23, at 4pm
St Peter’s Lutheran Church 

Scandinavian music is enchanting for it’s unusual rhythms and it’s ethereal harmonies, and the perfect music to usher in one of the darkest nights of the year.  Grammy Award nominee, Andrea Hoag, one of America’s finest Swedish fiddlers will be joined by Melissa Running on the Swedish keyed-fiddle, the nykelharpa.  Located in the lovely intimate atmosphere of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, it’s the perfect way to usher in the holiday season.

Tickets are $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 members and $10 students,  and will be available  online from Brown Paper Tickets, by mail (send a check to SMaD, PO Box1293, Shepherdstown, WV  25443 with your order), or at the door.

Fiddle Summit Showcase
Friday, January 4, 8pm
Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church

This annual concert presents some of the finest fiddlers from a variety of traditions, including French Canadian, English, Scottish, Irish, New England, and Appalachian into a showcase concert with some extraordinary accompaniment.  Sean Heely is a national Scottish Fiddle champions whose fiery renditions of Scottish and Irish fiddle music are in great demand, French Canadian fiddler, Pascal Gemme is the dynamic fiddler who drives the music of super star band Genticorum, highlights of last year’s Washington Revels.  Old-time fiddle wizard, Rachel Eddy, has been steeped in the traditional music of West Virginia all her life, and has garnered praise and prizes for her music both at home and abroad.  She regularly performs with the Pittsburgh band, The Early Mays, and with Ken and Brad Kolodner. Baltimore-based clawhammer banjo player, Brad Kolodner, represents the next generation of Old-Time musicians pushing the boundaries of the tradition into uncharted territory. Regarded for his delicate touch, expressive style, and original compositions, Kolodner has rapidly gained national attention for his unique approach to the banjo.  Joined by  his father, the highly acclaimed hammered dulcimer player and fiddler, Ken Kolodner, they form a powerful trio.  Fiddler, Jaige Trudel and guitarist Adam Broome form the heart of two dynamic contra dance and English dance bands, Crowfoot and Maivish.  Their driving beat and intricate arrangements make them a delight to listen and dance to. 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.Visit the web page to get more information to sign up for classes. Early bird discount before Dec. 1!  Admission is $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. For more information call Joanie at (304) 263-2531 or email updf@earthlink.net.  Tickets Available from Brown Paper Tickets here.

January Contra Dance
Saturday, January 5, 8pm 

Come join us for our first Dance of the year at the Shepherdstown War Memorial Building as Janine Smith calls an amazing round of contras and squares to the Fiddle Retreat Open Band!  Always a great time as our band swells to fill the front of the hall with energy and a unique sound as this years students and teachers provide the music for the dance.  Beginners workshop at 7:30, the dance starts at 8pm. No experience necessary, no partner needed.  Potluck snacks at the break.  Wear soft-soled shoes to protect our nice floor! Admission $12 adults, $8 members, $5 students and included in Fiddle Retreat tuition.

Squeeze the Bag!
Saturday, January 19, 8pm
Shepherd University, Reynolds Hall

The bellows-blown bagpipe is a quieter, more parlor-oriented cousin to the great highland bagpipes most folks are familiar with. You’ll see pipes that are far more likely to be played with flutes, guitars, mandolins, bouzoukis, drums and other instruments in a session-like atmosphere for concerts or dances 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 an outstanding uilleann piper, Jerry O’Sullivan whose reputation for technical and melodic mastery of the instrument is unsurpassed. The Scottish section of the concert will feature piper, Nick Hudson, a renowned performer on highland, border and smallpipes, as well as Tim Cummings, who has a diverse repertoire which includes French, Appalachian and other traditions, and Iain MacHarg, a versatile piper who grew up steeped in piping from French, Scottish and Irish traditions who runs the Vermont Institute for the Celtic Arts.  It will all be 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.
Co-sponsored with the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend. Classes available in many kinds of bellows blown bagpipes, flute, whistle and mixed-instruments. More information is on the web page.
Admission: $20 adults, $18 seniors, $15 SMD members, $10 students. Tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets here. For more information call the Upper Potomac office at 304.263.2531 or email updf@earthlink.net. Come on out and watch these pipers Squeeze the Bag..

 

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