2016 – 2017 Concerts & Events

Celtic Fiddle Festival
April 22, 2017
Celtic Fiddle Festival

 

Time & Place
Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
4552 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Admission
General Admission$28
Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)$25
TFAM Member$20
Child 10-17 w/adult$10
Child under 10 w/adultfree
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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 Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France) you have a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.

In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and cultural heritage, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. The quartet combines their considerable talents, rich musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires, and together conjure an unforgettable performance, playing with such relentless precision and fire, that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers.

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. Scotland's Charlie McKerron, from the band Capercaillie, has won awards both as a player and as a composer. In a land famed for extraordinary fiddlers he is among the finest. Nicolas Quemener is a master open-tuning guitarist, who grew up in Angers, France and studied percussion in the National School of Music. He has been a part of many superb Celtic bands, including Arcady, and Kornog, and continues to play and record with many acclaimed Breton and Irish artists.

This is a real treat beyond all borders and barriers.
Thomas Keller, Folkworld
… each of those 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
See them collectively if you can, individually if you must, but don’t miss Celtic Fiddle Festival.
Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine
Mesmerizing…
Siobhán Long, The Irish Times
Opening: Nick Robertson
Opening: Nick Robertson

 

Nick Robertson is an American Singer, Songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist born in Ohio and raised in Virginia — Nick knew exactly what it was he wanted to do from a very early age. "I started singing since before I can remember." "I always knew that singing was what I wanted to do, I never had a plan-B as many warned me to." Nick was quoted on a radio interview saying "Music is everything to me... I know how many times I felt that music was the only thing I could relate to in my life, and If I can be that for just one person then I feel like my job is done. I feel like the only way that people are going to be able to relate to my music is if I tell my story. If I open myself up and show them all of the sides of who I am. The vulnerable, stripped down, emotional side as well as the fun, in the moment, care-free, just want to dance side of myself. I think if I truly put my heart into whatever I'm writing and make it about how I'm feeling in the moment that's how people will be able to connect."

He continues to say "The ultimate goal is to just be happy... to be able to look back in 50 years and say to myself "wow, I never gave up on my dreams and look where it got me. Look how many people I've helped on so many different levels." Because to me that what life, and music is all about... how you make people feel."

Nicks current achievement's include several radio interviews, appearing on Coast Live, and being a top ten finalist in the Sea-level songwriting competition.

Nick is currently recording and plans on releasing original music in the very near future.