Congratulations to Vienna Scheyer, long time member of NW Scottish Fiddlers, and leader of the Youth Band, for earning 3rd place at the national Scottish Fiddle Championship this past weekend!!! Vienna competed in the Open division, at the Edinboro U. Highland Games in Edinburg, PA. Here’s the open class competitors having a friendly jam session..
She played: Lament for the Death of King George V, Major Manson at Clachantrushal, Earl Grey, and the Forth Bridge. Calum MacKinnon, her teacher said she worked hard to get there, and did everything at every lesson he asked her to do, to make those pieces absolutely amazing.
She also won best march! (Could the bagpipe experience have helped out there? Quite possibly!)
Starting this fall, we will meet in members’ homes, like we used to a few years back. Please let any member of the board know if you would like to host a meeting!
Here are the dates and meeting locations for 2016. Click on the names to see where they live. We’ll also give you a sneak preview of what we’ll be doing that month.. Note! We have a couple of great guest fiddle instructors visiting!!
As usual, we will also make this a pot-luck event, so members can share favorite foods, recipes, and stories.
2017 will be posted as soon as possible.
September 11 – Calum MacKinnon hosting – Calum will teach tunes/jam session
October 9 –Donna Varnau hosting- Mini concert and tune teaching by Susan Burke of Bothell/jam session
November 13 – Donna Varnau hosting – Set rehearsals for Alasdair Workshop, then JAM session
December 11 – Bill Boyd hosting – Calum MacKinnon will teach tunes, lead review of sets for Alasdair workshop, and jam session
***Meetings will begin at their normal time – 2:00 p.m. Board meetings and youth band at 1:00 p.m.
May 29, 2016 started out like any other typical day in Seattle. Clouds, drizzle, temps in the 50’s. What’s not to like about that? It’s Folklife weather! We took the stage shortly before noon, and the chilly breeze and drizzle had our attention, but it didn’t hold us back.
Luckily, there was some warmth to be had from the bright overhead lights, and the drizzle vanished. A great crowd showed up and stood for our show, thanks to the wet grass.
We were also happy to present graduating senior, Elise Snoey, with a few tokens of our appreciation for her past involvement with the club. Best wishes Elise!
A truly wonderful time was had by all!
Click on any picture below for a closer look. Photos by Anna Aldrich. Thanks Anna!
The view- and no, it wasn’t photoshopped!
Hard at work, hard at play!
Vienna, Donna, Trella, Flora, Anastasi and Marcia enjoying a beautiful tune.
The hat says it all for Calum.
Brother and sister play a duet for Da Mirrie Boys of Greenland
something was interesting down there?
The gig ends with wonderful smiles!
Pretty sure it wasn’t Donald Trump, but one never knows!
Niki Love – back from college to play with us. Donna is very happy about that!
Judith Cummings keeps music in place in spite of the winds’ best effort.
Before the concert- some big sis, little sis fun with Flora and Elinor.
Once again, a great time was had by all at the Everett Public Library concert, May 1st. The library provided every chair possible, and eventually we had a standing room only situation- full of enthusiastic concert goers. Highlights of the concert are below. Thank you, Everett Public Library, for your hospitality! Thank you, Calum MacKinnon for your leadership!
Pre-concert photo- we are ready to go!
Calum receives recognition for starting the club 10 years ago.
Calum MacKinnon, music director, extraordinaire!
Does the fiddler tap the feet, or do the feet tap the fiddler?
The fiddle club has been fortunate to have members of Hot Cider join us for the concert.
Also a part of the fiddle club for years, the Cummings Family players.
Flying high – Flora and Elinor perform the thrilling sword dance.
Youth band plays a set, with Vienna Scheyer leading.
A moment of appreciation for the club president, Marcia Thumma-
Scotland comes to Everett May 1st, as the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers return for a repeat performance at the main Everett Public Library auditorium, downtown Everett. Music from Scotlalnd, Nova Scotia, and the Shetland Islands will be featured, on fiddles, guitar, piano and string bass, under the musical direction of Calum MacKinnon, long time Scottish fiddler, from Edmonds. There will something for everyone- including solos, family acts, dancing, and singing. The club has performed to standing room only crowds at Seattle’s Folklife and other venues, and looks forward to again sharing our music with Everett.”
It’s hard to believe it’s already been a week since we were first gathered together to begin our Scottish musical journey with Alasdair and Natalie!
If you’re looking for a video to guide you through those great tunes you learned just a week ago, look no further! Many thanks to Jasmin Dickerson for your effort! Photos are coming in daily now, and we’ll do our best to share them, too. (Just click on “video” above!)
Happy practicing! and stayed tuned on news for next years’ workshop!!
Fiddle raid in progress, lead by the fearless Alasdair!