The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club:
Made up of musicians at all levels, all walks of life,
and playing many instruments (though mostly fiddle), the Potomac Valley
Scottish Fiddle Club is a great place to learn about and share the traditional
fiddle music of Scotland. About to start its seventeenth year, the club meets
once a month from October to May, enjoying a workshop taught by Music Director
Elke Baker, followed by a potluck dinner and a jam session. The club performs
locally at several events each year, and the Virginia Scottish Games is pleased
to be one of these. The club also puts on Scottish Country Dances and dance
demonstrations with the Northern Virginia branch of the RSCDS. Many of the
other musicians you will hear in the Fiddle Tent are members!
Elke Baker, 1995 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion
tradition at the Virginia Scottish Games is a command performance given by Elke
Baker, champion fiddler and musical director of the Potomac Valley Scottish
Fiddle Club. Elke brings her incomparable skill, energy, and knowledge to her
performances. Just try not tapping your feet or clapping your hands!
The Homespun Ceilidh Band
The Homespun Ceilidh Band has been setting toes a tapping
throughout the Mid-Atlantic for over a decade with their lively "get up
and dance" Celtic music. This nine-member group is known for their
lighthearted and fun approach to performances as well as their distinctive
"big band" Celtic sound.
Peat & Barley
Like a fine
Scotch whisky, Peat & Barley's music is complex, inviting and always goes
down smooth. The interplay between Bill Mitchell's hammered dulcimer and Becky
Ross's fiddle - trading melody, rhythm and harmony - draws the listener into
the ebb and flow of the music in a centering and refreshing way.
Widely-regarded for their stylish arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes, the
duo continue to delight listeners with their new CD release, Silver Lining, an
engaging mix of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.
Karin Loya & Bob Mitchell of SLEAT will enliven your
venue with spirited jigs, reels and beloved airs from Ireland's Gaelic peoples
and those from the isles o'er the Irish Sea. This ensemble brings a
contemporary energy and sound that still preserves a traditional feel. With a
partial SLEAT ensemble of smallpipes & cello, these musicians will have you
clamoring for more!
Sibling Rivalry Fiddle Band is made up of four siblings
ages 7-13 playing Scottish, Irish, Old Time and French-Canadian tunes along
with some classical and American folk tunes. Past performances include two
weekends at the 2016 Virginia Renaissance Faire as a featured stage act and frequent
appearances at many area farmer's markets.
Sibling Rivalry performed for the first time at the Scottish Games in
2016 and opened in January 2017 for Thomas McCarthy, a singer/ songwriter from
Further questions may be directed to the VSG's Fiddle Chair,