Virginia Scottish Games - September 4 & 5, 2021


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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!

Saturday, September 4, 2021

9:00 - Fiddling Workshop
11:00 - Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club performance
12:00 - Tent closed for opening ceremonies
12:30 - Terpsichore
1:45 - Glencoe Lads
3:00 - The Devil's Tailors
4:15 - Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner

Sunday, September 5, 2021

9:00 - Fiddling Competition on-site registration
10:00 - Fiddling Competition and Awards Ceremony
1:30 - Elke Baker and Ken Kolodner
2:45 - Glencoe Lads

4:00 - Tweedsyde

2021 Fiddle Tent Entertainers

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, internationally-known performer, 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

The Devil's 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.

Terpsichore

 

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.

Recent Fiddle Tent Entertainers

SeŠn Heely Celtic Trio

SeŠn Heely Celtic Trio

Experience the magic music of Scotland and Ireland with the SeŠn Heely Celtic Trio. The group features U.S National Scottish Fiddle champion SeŠn Heely, acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Kevin Elam, and Highland bagpiper Tracy Jenkins. The three gents bring together multiple different instruments to perform fiery dance tunes and ancient, soaring melodies from Scotland and Ireland. They perform original compositions and have rich vocal harmonies in their solid song repertoire that features ballads, sea shanties, and songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic. They have performed venues such as the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music center, CCE Irish Folk Festival Fairfax VA, Virginia Scottish games, Niel Gow Festival in Scotland, and many others. Sean plays fiddle, mandocello, shruti box, and sings in English, Irish, and Scots Gaelic. Kevin plays guitar, whistle, banjo, and has competed in the All-Ireland competition for singing. Tracy plays highland pipes, border pipes, and whistle.

Glecoe Lads

Glencoe Lads

There is a keen magic when Glencoe Lads take to the stage in their kilts and fiddles. National Champion Fiddlers SeŠn Heely and Colin McGlynn perform lively dance music from Scotland, Cape Breton, and Ireland to modern day tunes in the American tradition. From elegant, haunting slow airs, mighty pipe marches, and the wild strathspeys and reels. The Glencoe Lads have a charismatic stage presence and an unforgettably electrifying collaboration that is sure to get every toe tapping! They have performed at such venues as The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C, Alasdair Fraserís Fiddle camp in the Isle of Skye, Scotland, Virginia Scottish Games, The Acadia Trad School of Music and Arts in Bar Harbor, ME, and The Niel Gow Festival in Dunkeld Scotland.

 

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

 

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