"Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; [his] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene." —Scots Magazine
Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp will celebrate the fiddle music of Scotland and the World in Grass Valley at Veterans Memorial Auditorium with their eighth annual Fiddle Camp concert. Over 150 musicians, singers and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 85 will join Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and the world-class faculty of camp instructors to celebrate with a week of intensive study and revelry.
This year's Grand Fiddle Rally combines the music of Scotland and the World with special guests, Antti Järvelä (Finland), Mary Jane Lamond (Cape Breton) and Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton)."
Renowned performer and master teacher of the rich fiddling tradition of Scotland, Alasdair Fraser inspires to higher and deeper levels of self-expression within an embracing community of listeners, learners and like-minded folk. The variety and expressivity of Alasdair's playing is evident in his numerous recordings—from intimate fiddle/guitar duets, to a more contemporary interpretation of tradition, to high energy original tunes with his Skyedance band. Recent, highly acclaimed albums include "Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vols. 1 and 2," and "Fire and Grace, " which was named Scots Trad Album of the Year for 2004, "In the Moment" and most recently, "Highlanders Farewell.
Antti Järvelä (Finland) grew up in a small town of Kaustinen, Finland, in a family where the traditional fiddling has been carried through several generations. He started playing the fiddle from the age of four and soon adapted the local dance fiddling style directly from his grandfather. In Kaustinen Music College Antti also started to learn the double bass, which soon became his main instrument. After studying bass at the famous Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, he decided to make music his profession. Antti works as a full-time freelance musician and teacher all around the world, carrying on the energy and fun he's got to experience with folk music. He is the founder of the Finnish-Norwegian powerfolk string band Frigg and a member to such bands as Baltic Crossing, JPP, Troka, Kings of Polka.
Wendy MacIsaac (Cape Breton) is a fiddler/piano player/stepdancer from Creignish, Cape Breton, Canada. Wendy has toured all over the world for the last ten years with Mary Jane Lamond, Ashley MacIsaac, Beolach and as a solo performer. Her recordings include ‘The Reel Thing’ (1994), ‘That’s What You Get’ (1996) and her latest album ‘Timeline’ (2003). Beolach has recorded a self-titled album (2001), and Wendy is featured prominently on the recordings of Mary Jane Lamond. Wendy began performing at age 5 as a stepdancer. At 12, she began fiddle lessons with Stan Chapman. By age fifteen, Wendy was playing dances all over Cape Breton island and forming the sound that makes her so recognizable today. She soon began travelling further, to Boston, Detroit, and Toronto, to play for the popular Cape Breton dances in those areas. She also developed a strong reputation as a piano player and has accompanied just about all of the Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation. In 1995 she began touring with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and has made the road her second home ever since. Her skills as a teacher are also in high demand at festivals worldwide, whether for fiddle, piano, or stepdancing; she is always happy to share her music and experience with others.
Alasdair Fraser | Antti Järvelä | Wendy MacIsaac
Hanneke Cassel | Deby Grosjean | Laura Risk | Ethan Lewis | Janette Duncan | Galen Fraser
Steve Baughman | Seph Peters
Natalie Haas | Joel Cohen | Erin Esses | Alex Wilson
Mary Jane Lamond