Blindfolded Fiddler Predicts Future!

You should trying fiddling blindfolded-- you never know what great revelations may occur!

You should trying fiddling blindfolded– you never know what great revelations may occur!

Well, almost! Now that we have your attention, here are next year’s fiddle club meeting dates. They have been confirmed with the church, so they’re official!
2014:
September 14th
October 12-
November 9
December 14

2015:
January 11
Feb. 8
March 8
April 12
May 17

Fiddle Club Happenings at Folklife

Northwest Scottish Fiddle club members and friends will be on hand to entertain the crowds at Folklife this year, even if the club itself was not selected to play.
Catch some great playing by these folks: (Please feel free to add more folks and gigs in the comment section below!)
Calum and Friends (Vienna, Christina, Niki and Guinevere)-Monday, 2:50-3:20 – Trad Stage
Bill Boyd: Saturday (with Hale Bill and the Bopps-Scandinavian) Saturday at 12:30 at Cornish
Bill Boyd with Susan Burke: Sunday, at 1:15, at Cornish
Evan and Elise Snoey with Hot Cider: contra dance- Friday 5 p.m., at the Roadhouse
Judy Laub with Ms. Behavin: contra dance –Friday, noon, and also, Judy with the Fab Girls : contra dance -Monday- 11 a.m.
For the complete schedule, go to:
http://www.nwfolklife.org/festival/complete-2014-schedule/

May Meeting

Screen Shot 2014-04-26 at 10.02.16 AMHappy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, who belong to our club, or support the youthful members of our club! We will not meet on Mother’s Day – but we will see you on May 18th! Please note we will also meet in the activities room- at the other end of the church, the entrance is still from the same parking lot area. NOTE TIME CHANGE!! We will start the general meeting at 1 PM. Calum will possibly teach a tune, we’ll review tunes we learned last month, and a jam of great proportions will follow- with some eating and socializing in between!

Standing Room Only!

Calum telling a story!

Calum telling a story!

 

Vienna and Flora start off Coilsfield House.

Vienna and Flora start off Coilsfield House.

 

Guinevere Saenger playing her new composed pieces.

Guinevere Saenger playing her recently composed set.

How did we all get on stage?How did we all get on stage? There are people on stage you can’t see from this angle!

 

"Hot Cider"

“Hot Cider”

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Youth band members

Youth band members

Calum has a solo!

Calum has a solo!

Our latest gig at the Everett Public Library on March 30 turned out to be the library’s fullest house yet this year! Estimated attendance at this year’s concert was nearly twice what it was the previous year, with many folks standing on the sides and in the back for the two hour-plus concert!

One very pleased concert-goer commented that she was going to Scotland soon, and seriously doubted she’d find anything better than what she saw and heard that afternoon.

Soloists, group, and family acts brought fresh material and amazing talent into the mix of traditional Scottish medleys. Many thanks to Guinevere Saenger, Vienna S., the “Youth Band”, the Cummings Family Band, and “Hot Cider”!

Thanks to Susan Barkan for organizing this! Thanks to the Everett Public Library for hosting us, and most importantly, thanks to Calum MacKinnon and all the musicians that made this afternoon one to remember!

Opening Act of 2014 Workshop Video

Here’s a great video, thanks to Barry Rix, our great “sound guy”- who set up the microphones, and all the rest! This is Northwest Scottish Fiddlers – all 20 minutes of it, performing our opening act! We shall remember it also, as the day the Seahawks won the playoff, won’t we?!

Opening act, with Calum requesting a favor from the audience.

Opening act, with Calum requesting a wee favor from the audience.

Gung Haggis Fat Choy

Early on in the show- Calum gets us going on some reels.

Early on in the show- Calum gets us going on some reels.

Youth band  with Vienna, Sam, and Flora.

Youth band with Vienna, Sam, and Flora.

Guinevere Saenger, piano, Dale Cummings on guitar and Jason Thumma on string bass!  What a combo!!!

Guinevere Saenger, piano, Dale Cummings on guitar and Jason Thumma on string bass! What a combo!!!

Never seen a Scottish kilt paired with a silk Chinese smoking jacket? You missed your chance if you weren’t at Gung Haggis Fat Choy in Seattle February 16th. China Harbor restaurant displayed a large collection of clan flags, as you can see, and the Canadian flag was up as well. About 400 people in attendance made it “interesting” trying to hear ourselves at times, but, when all was said and done, everyone agreed it was a fun gig! Not a dull moment!  Thank you Cindy Scheyer for some great photos!

Rehearsal Video from Weekend Workshop

 

Working out some choons in the gymnasium after the infamous raid on the cellos!

Working out some choons in the gymnasium after the infamous raid on the cellos!

So, at our meeting today, we played through the tunes we learned at our recent Alasdair Fraser/Natalie Haas Scottish fiddle workshop. We want to keep these tunes alive and well, and a part of our repertoire! Here’s a great way to get the tunes in your head— try out this video!