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Alasdair Fraser’s Ceilidh in the Park 2024

FREE COMMUNITY CONCERT & FUNDRAISER FOR SIERRA FIDDLE CAMP
Pioneer Park, 423 Nimrod Street, Nevada City, California

Saturday, June 22, 7:30PM
SUGGESTED DONATION:
$20, $10 children 12 & under

A rollicking celebration of music, song and dance

On Saturday, June 22, Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp will celebrate the joy of traditional music in Nevada City at beautiful Pioneer Park with their sixteenth annual “Ceilidh in the Park” picnic concert.

Alasdair Fraser, renowned performer and master teacher, is founder and music director of 5 music camps in California, Scotland, Spain and Australia.

Alasdair has once again assembled an international faculty of some of the best traditional musicians in their genre and encourages all revelers and listeners to come and celebrate the traditional music with the Sierra Fiddle Camp Orchestra and featured soloists.

ALASDAIR FRASER
Alasdair Fraser is one of the greatest carriers of the Scottish fiddle music tradition, a fiddler whose warmly expressive playing, mastery of his instrument and deep understanding of his native music as a venerable and continually evolving art is an inspiration to generations of musicians on both sides of the Atlantic.

www.alasdairfraser.com

MAURA SHAWN SCANLIN
Maura performs and tours regularly with duo project Rakish, with guitarist Conor Hearn.  She has toured and shared the stage with Seamus Egan, Maeve Gilchrist, Hanneke Cassel, and Karan Casey, among others. Maura is a two-time U.S. National Scottish Fiddling Champion, and a winner of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship in Perthshire, Scotland.  In 2019, she completed her Masters Degree in Violin Performance at the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Ani Kavafian; previously, she earned her Bachelors Degree at the New England Conservatory.

www.maurashawnscanlin.com

ELIAS ALEXANDER
Elias is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter. Wielding bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, whistles, and keyboards, Elias weaves melodies from the Scottish and American traditions with catchy beats and original songs that discuss themes of alienation, belonging, and queerness. He has made a name for himself as one of the foremost exponents of traditional Scottish music in America, touring with numerous groups and playing many of the top Celtic festivals including Celtic Connections and Celtic Colours. He currently tours as the pipes and whistle player with Scottish legends Old Blind Dogs.

www.eliasalexander.com

Special guest:
GIOVANNI KIYINGA
Ugandan folk and fusion/Afro-beats singer-songwriter and world music artist. He is known for his skills as a multi-instrumentalist who plays the local Ugandan fiddle (endingidi), akogo,adungu, guitar, harmonica, flute, djembe, calabash, congas, drums, and maracas, among others.

SIERRA FOLK ORCHESTRA

FIDDLE
Alasdair Fraser – Maura Shawn Scanlin – Elias Alexander
Meghan Perdue – Caroline McCaskey – Janette Duncan
Zoe Schlussel

CELLO
Natalie Haas – Daniel Delaney – Katie Le Sesne – Erin Esses

GUITAR
Conor Hearn – Eamon Sefton

DANCE
Summer McCall

ENSEMBLE
Cullen Luper

PIANO
Neil Pearlman

SONG
Paper Wings (Wila Frank and Emily Mann)

SPECIAL GUEST
Giovanni Kiyingi