Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler MARI BLACK is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world. Equally at home in a wide variety of musical traditions, Mari is the 2015/2013 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014 Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Champion, 2014/2012 Canadian Maritime Fiddle Champion, 2011 Canadian Novelty Fiddle Champion, 1st Prize Winner at the 2010 American Protégé International String Competition, and 2-time laureate at the American String Teachers' Association Alternative Styles Awards.
On stage, she creates shows that draw on elements from many different styles including jazz, tango, folk, Western classical, as well as Celtic, American, and Canadian fiddling. Her performances take listeners on a musical journey exploring the diversity and celebrating commonalities in the dance-driven folk musics of the world.
SYR (sire) is a Celtic Folk-Rock band from Columbia, SC. What started as a small traditional cover band has evolved into a serious endeavor with a unique blend of genres.
Taking inspiration from Celtic history and myth, SYR creates original songs with themes like battle, love, loss, heritage...and a large pint.
SYR also plays Irish & Scottish drinking songs, pirate sea shanties and ballads in Gaelic—even taking modern songs and adding a Celtic twist to create an interesting blend of old and new.
The band consists of siblings Kyle and Laurel MacCallum, Timothy Strevens, Emily Bracey, and Kelly Huff .
Stirling Bridge is a bagpipe-driven Celtic band that has been rocking the southeastern US since 2009.
Featuring Andrea Jones on bagpipes, Trip Rogers on guitar, Tom Eure on bass, and Gene Mackall on drums, Stirling Bridge delivers high energy Celtic rock with a southern backbeat.
Ed Miller has been hailed as "one of the finest singers to come out of the Scottish Folksong Revival" and as "one of Scotland's best singing exports."
Originally from Edinburgh, he has for many years been based in Austin, TX where he gained graduate degrees in Folklore and Geography at the University of Texas.
Ed is available for concerts, clubs, house concerts, festivals, Highland Games and Burns Suppers, as well as for lectures and workshops and has recorded 9 CD's of Scottish songs.
John Taylor is a fiddler and composer from Buckie in Scotland and a past winner of the Niel Gow award for Scottish fiddling. He was part of the former band Emerald that was based in Northern California in the 1980s and 1990s.
Taylor is well known in Scottish country dance circles having appeared in many parts of the world including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and various parts of the UK. He has recorded specific country dance music CDs with Andrew Imbrie - Steppin' Out and Live. He has often appeared with Texas-based folk singer, Ed Miller and features on many of Miller's CDs.; in a review of their first collaboration, The Edinburgh Rambler, the Austin American-Statesman called Taylor "brilliant". His own 2001 debut CD, After the Dance was produced by Brian McNeill. A subsequent CD, The Road Ahead was also produced by McNeill. Taylor is a frequent visitor to folk music events in Texas where he is highly regarded and known for his large repertoire, and plays at many US wide festivals each year.
As singer and flute and whistle player, Jil has completed many recording projects and performed at Celtic festivals and concerts across the US as well as in Canada, Scotland, and Israel with the band Henri’s Notions, guitarist Scooter Muse, Scottish singer Ed Miller, Scottish fiddler John Taylor, the band Vulcan Eejits!, the Vogt Family Contra Band, and others.
Jil brings to any audience a wonderful listening experience from haunting ballads and upbeat songs to toe-tapping tunes with a smooth delivery that never fails to bring both smiles and tears in every performance.
Rural Hill , Center of Scottish Heritage
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