April 10, 2002

Happy Spring!

Here's Alasdair Fraser's current schedule.  Please check his website (www.alasdairfraser.com) for changes and updates.  There's also a form on the site for you to leave your comments and feedback. We'd love to hear from you!  Thanks for your interest and support.

SAN FRANCISCO SCOTTISH FIDDLERS annual concerts this weekend

Alasdair Fraser directs the ensemble of over 100 musicians and dancers!  Solos by Alasdair, Scottish songs and dance, and rousing medleys by the mass orchestra.   An exhilarating and joyous event!  Tune in to West Coast Live radio broadcast, live from Fort Mason in San Francisco, to hear Alasdair and some of the company on the air.

April 12  Oakland, California Scottish Rite Center,  8 pm 415-392-4400
April 13  San Francisco, California West Coast Live! Radio Broadcast, 10am -12 pm, 415-664-9500
April 13  Santa Rosa, California Sonoma Country Day School, Jackson Theater,  8 pm, 707-527-0693
April 14  San Francisco, California Herbst Theater, 3 pm, 415-392-4400

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES:
 
April 26   CALIFORNIA - Woodland    Yolo County Fairgrounds, Concert, 916-557-0764
April 27-28  CALIFORNIA - Woodland     Yolo County Fairgrounds, Sacramento Valley Scottish Games, 916-557-0764
May 24  CALIFORNIA - Costa Mesa Concert with Alex Beaton, 310-370-9887
May 25-26  CALIFORNIA - Costa Mesa Orange County Fairgrounds, United Scottish Society  Games,  310-370-9887
June 6   TEXAS -- Austin Cactus Cafe,  512-475-6515
June 7-9  TEXAS - Arlington Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games, 817-654-2293
June 14  CALIFORNIA  - Nevada City   Music in the Mountains, with Natalie Haas 530-265-6124
July 5  NORTH CAROLINA - West Jefferson Christmas in July, 336-246-5855
July 06  NORTH CAROLINA - Asheville Diana Wortham Theater, with Natalie Haas, 828-298-7928
July 18 -21  CALIFORNIA - Grass Valley California World Music Festival, 530-891-4081
July 29- August 3  SCOTLAND - Isle Of Skye Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Fiddle Course, 01471 844 373
August 6 FRANCE - Lorient , Brittany Festival Interceltique, Fiddle Workshop, (33)  2 97 21 24 29
August 8 FRANCE - Lorient , Brittany Festival Interceltique, "Curve of the Earth"  fiddle concerto by Mark Sheridan, (33)  2 97 21 24 29
August 15 CALIFORNIA -  Culver City City Hall Courtyard, Concert with Natalie Haas, 310-398-2583
August 16  CALIFORNIA - Redlands Redlands Bowl, with Natalie Haas, 909-793-7316
August 22  CALIFORNIA - Berkeley Fiddle Summit, 510-548-1761
August 23 -31  CALIFORNIA - Boulder Creek Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, 415-566-4355
September 1   CALIFORNIA - Pleasanton Alameda County Fairgrounds, Scottish Games, 800-713-3160
September 13-15 NEW HAMPSHIRE - Lincoln New Hampshire Highland Games, 800-358-7268
September 27-29 CALIFORNIA -   Sebastopol Sebastopol Celtic Festival, 707-829-7067
October 18  CALIFORNIA - Sonora Opera House, with Paul Machlis, 209-532-2787
October 20  CALIFORNIA -Chico Laxson Auditorium at CSU, with Paul Machlis, 530-898-6333
November 16-17  CALIFORNIA -Auburn Auburn Christmas Festival, Gold Country Fairgrounds, 209-533-3473
November 30, Dec 1 CALIFORNIA -Sonora Sonora Christmas Festival, Fairgrounds, 209-533-3473

NEWS

Thanks to those who have sent comments on our newest CD SKYEDANCE Live in Spain. The CD has been getting a great response from critics and fans:

"Skyedance Live in Spain is one of the best and most exciting inter-Celtic musical collaborations ever! . . .Top-notch artistry and . . . a variety of tunes that range from the fiercely passionate to down right exciting. The enticement begins with the opening tune "Harris Dance" featuring great piping on the Asturian pipes by Jose Manuel Tejedor and on the piob mhor by Eric Rigler, and proceeds to other great selections such as "Marabilla" featuring the beautiful and rich vocals of Mercedes Peon backed by the expressive fiddling of Alasdair Fraser. A CD to definitely purchase and savor!" —Joanne Gagnon, Celtic Beat

"This is top-flight concert music, magical in its shadings, its emotional complexity and in its multicultural interweavings. Galician singer Mercedes Peon's "Marabilla" is supported beautifully by Fraser's harmonic phrasing. Accordionist Kepa Junkera shines on "Dizzy" and on the tour de force that ends the disc. The energetic highlight is Fraser's "The Spark", with midi-bagpipes supplemented mightily by accordion."
—Bill Compton, Sacramento News and Review

"Adrenalin in a jewel case. High-powered violin/bagpipes/wooden flute/keyboards/percussion/bass sextet SKYEDANCE working onstage with seven guests from the pinnacles of modern Galician and Basque music. A fascinating and exciting listen."
—Arthur Shuey

"On their own, Skyedance is a musical juggernaut, renowned for their relentless rhythmic drive and the epic sweep of their arrangements. For this concert, they joined forces with some powerful performers, including Galician chanteuse Mercedes Péon, Basque poet Mikel Laboa, Asturian piper José Manuel Tejedor, Basque ensemble Oreka TX and more. The result is a joyous celebration of words and music that will satisfy even the most jaded listener. Péon's soaring voice is exquisite on the touching "Marabilla." "Stoney Run" is a fun, jazzy romp featuring Oreka TX on the thunky txalaparta. Laboa lends his earthy voice to one of the most moving tracks here, the musical setting of his poem "Txoria Txori" The song is made all the more touching by a thousand voices in the audience singing along.
Peggy Latkovich, RootsWorld


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