Shetland Meets Appalachia Comes to Mareel for Opening Season
27 September 2012
An Exploration of
our Common Musical Roots Featuring Bruce Molsky and Special
Shetland Arts is privileged to welcome Shetland Meets Appalachia - an
exploration of our common musical roots featuring Bruce Molsky
and Special Shetland Guests, to Shetland in November, and to Mareel
specifically on Saturday 17th November.
Bruce Molsky stands today as
the premier old-time fiddler in the world, the defining virtuoso of
North America's (and Appalachia's in particular) timeless folk
music traditions. In addition to a prolific solo career, performing
on fiddle, guitar, and banjo, Molsky frequently joins genre-busting
supergroups, like the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers Four, Mozaik and
Celtic giant Donal Lunny. He featured on Nickel Creek's farewell
tour, and performs in a trio with Scottish fiddler Aly Bain and
Sweden's great Ale Moller. He's also a regular guest on the famed
'Trans-Atlantic Sessions' concerts and TV shows series.
Appalachian musical tradition
and authenticity deeply informs Bruce music - but his influences
and skills reach out much wider than that. Whether performing an
ancient reel from Virginia, a Swedish waltz or a loping cowboy
ballad, Molsky also presents himself as exactly who he is
personality wise and that's perhaps the key to his enormous appeal
as a live performer. He's a unique blend of musical virtuoso and
humble, all-round nice guy that is quite simply irresistible to
For his second visit to
Shetland (his first was as part of this years' Trans-Atlantic
Sessions concert) Bruce will be teaming up and collaborating with
some of Shetland's finest home-based musicians such as Gary
Peterson, Maurice Henderson, Maggie Adamson and Brian Nicholson,
the Cullivoe Fiddlers, the Heritage Fiddlers, and Sheila Henderson
(to name but a few) to explore the roots and commonality between
the North American and Shetland traditions - taking in concerts in
Muckle Roe, Cullivoe and Mareel along the way, together with a
series of school based and adult fiddle workshops into the bargain.
In addition to this groups such as Hom Bru, Haltadans and
Fullsceilidh Spelemannslag will also be joining Bruce to add
further to the musical fireworks that are bound to be created
during this visit.
"I'm so looking forward to this
visit" says Molsky. "The common elements between our two musical
heritages and traditions are there for all to see and this factor
has attracted me for some time, so I think it will be a very
exciting and rewarding visit and I'm especially looking forward to
working with and alongside all your great Shetland musicians. Who
knows where the music will take us - but I'm certain it will be a
very exciting journey for all concerned".
Lisa Ward, Marketing Officer at Shetland
Arts said: "We are delighted to be welcoming Bruce and all the
local acts to celebrate the Official Opening of Mareel. Shetland Meets Appalachia
is a fantastic representation of Mareel's ethos and I'm sure
audiences will be in for a real treat."
Davie Gardner of local firm Atlantic Edge Music Services said
"It's been a genuine privilege for me to be such a significant part
of the planning for, and delivery of, Mareel's Opening Season of
events, especially the official opening weekend events featuring
Aberfeldy, Chris Bradley, Bruce Molsky and Dougie McLean - not
forgetting of course all our wonderful, homegrown local artists
into the bargain. The series of concerts, including ones in Muckle
Roe and Cullivoe, together with the various music related workshops
aimed at our younger musicians, demonstrates Shetland Arts
commitment to both a local and international programme of events in
Mareel and indeed beyond. I look forward to being part of more
exciting announcements in the very near future".
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