Virginia Scottish Games - September 1 & 2, 2018

Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club  Fiddling  Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club

Saturday, 2 September 2017

9:00     Scottish Fiddling Workshop (Beginner)

10:00   Scottish Fiddling Workshop (Intermediate/Advanced)

11:15   Open Scottish Fiddling Jam

12:00   Closed for Opening Ceremonies

12:30   Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club performance

2:00     Terpsichore performance

3:30     The Devilís Tailors performance

Sunday, 3 September 2017

9:00     Fiddle Competition registration begins

9:45     Fiddle Competition Judgeís Demonstration

10:00   Fiddle Competition (Novice)

10:30   Fiddle Competition (Junior)

11:00   Fiddle Competition (Open)

12:30   Fiddle Competition Awards Ceremony

1:30     Peat & Barley performance

2:45     Elke Baker performance

4:00     Homespun Ceilidh Band performance

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 

Elke Baker

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 Devilís Tailors

Based in the Alexandria, VA area, The Devilís 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.

Peat & Barley

 Peat and 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.

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.



Elke Baker and Liz Donaldson formed Terpsichore in 1992 as a duo. In 1993 Ralph Gordon joined them and Terpsichore performs in both trio and duo configurations. Terpsichore also expands for a big band sound with guest musicians. Our past guests have included Calum MacKinnon, Marty Taylor, and Earl Gaddis. Terpsichore is widely regarded as one of the leading Scottish dance bands of North America, and has played for Scottish country dance events all over the U.S. and Canada. Terpsichore is also a favorite for English-Scottish events, since the players are equally talented in English country dance repertoire. Terpsichore also plays American contradance and couple dance music and concerts, and has played at the Kennedy Center.

Further questions may be directed to the VSG's Fiddle Chair, Chandler Becker.


© Virginia Scottish Games Association 2017


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