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
A long-standing 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
The Devil's Tailors
Based in the Alexandria, VA area, The Devil's Tailors have
been performing Scottish and Celtic music since 2008 at pubs and festivals
throughout the DC area, featuring music that spans four hundred years of this
living tradition. Combining instrumental dance sets with Scots and Gaelic song,
they perform music which echoes not only that from their native lands, but that
brought by immigrants to these shores, which would form some of the oldest
roots of our own American folk traditions.
Celtic Cross plays a blend of old and new
Scottish and Scandinavian tunes - music that will bring the sweet release of
laughter in one moment and joy-filled tears in the next. We have performed in
Germany, Scotland, and many places across the United States. Our album, Commence,
has been sold in the US and Europe and has been heard on the radio in the
Massachusetts area. You can learn more about us at wearecelticcross.com.
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!
Further questions may be directed to the VSG's Fiddle Chair,