Called ‘three of the finest folk violinists anywhere’ by The Washington Post, The Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.
Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.
With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France) you have a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.
In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and cultural heritage, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers.
Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group.
The quartet combine their considerable talents, rich musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy
and subtle grace.
These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires, and together conjure an unforgettable performance, playing with such relentless precision and fire, that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers.
The latest Celtic Fiddle Festival CD, “Storm in a Teapot”, features a new fiddler in the group, Charlie McKerron, the wonderful musician from Capercaillie, one of Scotland’s most renowned and revered bands.
The CD showcases some Galician pieces as well as tunes from Brittany and Ireland and also highlights the Scottish music that Charlie’s inclusion has brought to the band.
Many will remember that the Celtic Fiddle Festival’s original line-up featured another much loved Scot, the irrepressible Johnny
Johnny’s passing was a painfully sad blow to the band but, more than a decade later, the group are delighted to revisit the vast treasure trove of Scottish music that used to be such an integral part of the Celtic Fiddle Festival’s repertoire.
In January 2016, after an appearance at Glasgow’s “Celtic Connections” festival , the band extended their visit to Scotland by setting off to TPot Studio, nestled in the rolling hills of rural Perthshire.
Charlie, Christian, Kevin and Nicolas made themselves comfortable inside the studio and, while the wind, rain and snow storms raged outside (and inspired the title of the CD), they set about choosing the repertoire, building the arrangements and making the music that can be heard on the “Storm in a Teapot”.
With the always engaging guitar accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener, “Storm in a Teapot” is a collection of traditional and contemporary music ranging from light hearted, vigorous dance tunes to heartachingly soulful airs - another milestone in the long history of The Celtic Fiddle Festival which spans more than two decades of inspired and inspiring fiddle music.
For tickets to the show at The Apex on February 19 call 01223 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk.