Fiddle Tunes and Scottish Fiddle Class

It’s a sure sign summer has officially arrived when Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend takes the stage! This year, our very own Calum Mackinnon lead the Scottish fiddle class at camp. Pictured below are very happy class participants!

Fiddle Tunes 2015 Scottish fiddle class with instructor Calum MacKinnon.

Fiddle Tunes 2015 Scottish fiddle class with instructor Calum MacKinnon.

Scottish Dance band lab playing for dancers at one of many Fiddle Tunes nightly dance parties. (Calum to the far right.)

Scottish Dance band lab playing for dancers at one of many Fiddle Tunes nightly dance parties. (Calum to the far right.)

Troy MacGillivray Cape Breton Fiddle Workshop

Troy MacGillivray- Cape Breton fiddle instructor and performer. Plays some great piano too!!

Troy MacGillivray- Cape Breton fiddle instructor and performer. Plays some great piano too!!

Whether you’re an established Cape Breton fiddler, or you’re new to Cape Breton music and want to learn more about the style of music, head up to Mt. Vernon for a workshop featuring Troy MacGillivray. The June 19th workshop will take place at the newly opened Littlefield Celtic Center in Mt. Vernon. The workshop will run from 6:30 – 9:30. To read more about him, go to the Celtic Arts Foundation website, or follow this link to get more details and sign up!  http://celticarts.org/workshops/troy-macgillivray-workshop-friday-june-19-2015-630-930pm/

Ending the 2014-15 Season!

Sam tells the group about his broken hand! Never a good thing for a fiddler!

Sam tells the group about his broken hand! Never a good thing for a fiddler!

For the final meeting of the season, we opened up the doors and invited folks we don’t get the opportunity to play with too often! We also took time to recognize our graduation senior, Sam Laurin- who will be off to Stanford this fall!

Many great tunes shared with pipers from near and far!

Many great tunes shared with pipers from near and far!

Concert in Shoreline a Big Success

The NW Scottish Fiddlers performed for an enthusiastic crowd of all ages on Saturday, April 18th. The club offered up rousing sets, along with members of the club with their own groups: “Hot Cider”, The Cummings Family, The Youth Band, and soloist, Vienna.

Thanks to Calvin Presbyterian church for hosting us! Thanks to the amazing teamwork of all that helped out before, during, and after the show! Each and every one of the fiddlers/musicians made it work with the “can do” attitude the day of the concert- volunteering for any job that came along, not to mention practice, practice, practice! What a team!

Thank you Andrew Snoey, for the pictures!

Group shot before the concert with sunshine pouring through the stained glass windows to  give us some "unique" skin tones!

Group shot before the concert with sunshine pouring through the stained glass windows to give us some “unique” skin tones!

Youth band performs their spectacular set-

Youth band performs their spectacular set-

Evan and Elise- fiddle away, then give the audience a special treat by their group,  "Hot Cider".

Evan and Elise- fiddle away, then give the audience a special treat by their group, “Hot Cider”.

Our wonderful leader, to whom we are so grateful! Thank you Calum for all your organizing, planning and guidance!

Our wonderful leader, to whom we are so grateful! Thank you Calum for all your organizing, planning and guidance!

The Cummings family shared vocals, harp, and dancing by the girls.

The Cummings family shared vocals, harp, and dancing by the girls.

All together

All together

A duet with Vienna and Flora

A duet with Vienna and Flora

 

 

Coming THIS Weekend!

Calum MacKinnon -NW Scottish Fiddlers' music director, in addition to inspiring the group, is sure to have some great stories to share with everyone!

Calum MacKinnon -NW Scottish Fiddlers’ music director, in addition to inspiring the group, is sure to have some great stories to share with everyone!

We are truly excited to present our first full length concert at Calvin Presbyterian Church in Shoreline this coming Saturday night, at 7PM. Doors will open at 6:30.

Here’s a link to the church’s website: http://www.calvinpc.org/events-activities/

For directions on how to get there: http://www.calvinpc.org/directions/

Hope to see you there!!

Another Great Workshop!

Fiddlers everywhere!

Fiddlers everywhere!

 

 

A fun moment with Alasdair

A fun moment with Alasdair

Saturday night jam on stage

Saturday night jam on stage

Happy Skekling from Alasdair and Natalie!

Happy Skekling from Alasdair and Natalie

Many thanks to our phenomenal instructors, Alasdair Fraser, and Natalie Haas, for a great weekend of learning, and a memorable set of tunes! Many thanks to the planning committee of the board for their dedication and hard work! Survey results from 39 of the 102 participants also showed overwhelming satisfaction with the workshop. We have some new ideas, we know where we can still improve, and, we’ll keep doing what we do best! We are already looking forward to next year!

If you’re having workshop withdrawal, here’s something to cure the blues- great rehearsal videos! First half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9zYX67sSxg#t=460  and the second half: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ4YOUsSOgo