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25th November, 2018
A Weekend of the Very Best Irish & Celtic Music
Celtic Fiddle Festival
Kevin Burke (Ireland) • Christian Lemaître (Brittany) •
Charlie McKerron (Scotland) • Nicolas Quemener (Brittany)
As part of our “Irish Blasta” Festival
Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.
Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace.
Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Irish fiddler whose formidable career includes the seminal Irish groups; The Bothy Band, and Patrick Street. Playing the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo, Kevin is a recipient of the NEA’s National Heritage Award. Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Charlie McKerron, the newest member, is one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, having touring the world with Capercaillie amongst his many other projects.
In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and traditions, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers, leaving the audience with a memorable musical experience.
‘…each of these fiddlers is not only a master musician but is also a master performer. They have stage craft to burn… If you can get to see them live you are in for a treat, if not their album is a live performance distilled and bottled into a vintage malt, do take a dram.’ – Sean Laffey, Irish Music Magazine
PRICE: £18/£16 (concs)
Festival Pass £48