Virginia Scottish Games - September 2 & 3, 2017

Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club  Fiddling  Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club


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 Homespun Ceilidh Band

 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

 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 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

 Celtic Cross

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

Cello Bellow

 Cello Bellow

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, Chandler Becker.


Virginia Scottish Games Association 2017


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