Fid­dle Fes­ti­val show off their daz­zling flair

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Theguide -

THE Celtic Fid­dle Fes­ti­val is re­turn­ing to the Brind­ley Theatre on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 21. Called ‘three of the finest folk vi­o­lin­ists any­where’ by The Wash­ing­ton Post, Celtic Fid­dle Fes­ti­val cel­e­brates the vi­o­l­ing in all its vari­a­tions.

Fid­dlers Kevin Burke, Ire­land, Chris­tian Le­maître, Brit­tany, France and Char­lie McKer­ron, Scot­land, show­case a fas­ci­nat­ing jux­ta­po­si­tion of in­ter­na­tional and in­di­vid­ual styles.

Sold-out tours and stand­ing ova­tions give tes­ti­mony to the elec­tric­ity and ex­cite­ment gen­er­ated by the group.

Along with ac­claimed gui­tarist Ni­co­las Quemener from Brit­tany, the quar­tet com­bines tal­ent, mu­si­cal tra­di­tions, and spon­ta­neous hu­mour for an evening of daz­zling en­ergy and sub­tle grace.

These tra­di­tional mas­ters show­case their re­gional reper­toires and to­gether con­jure an ex­pe­ri­ence of breath­tak­ing per­for­mances.

Kevin Burke is a world-renowned Ir­ish fid­dler whose for­mi­da­ble ca­reer in­cludes the sem­i­nal Ir­ish groups The Bothy Band and Pa­trick Street. Play­ing the fluid, highly-or­na­mented style of County Sligo, Kevin is a re­cip­i­ent of the NEA’s Na­tional Her­itage Award.

Chris­tian Le­maître honed his re­mark­able skills play­ing the hyp­notic Bre­ton melodies at fes­tou-noz (night dances) through­out Brit­tany, the Celtic re­gion of France. He is a found­ing mem­ber of the group Kornog.

Char­lie McKer­ron, the new­est mem­ber, is one of Scot­land’s finest fid­dle play­ers, hav­ing tour­ing the world with Ca­per­cail­lie amongst other projects.

In con­cert each artist plays a solo set, show­cas­ing their in­di­vid­ual mu­si­cal styles and tra­di­tions, fol­lowed by a col­lab­o­ra­tive set fea­tur­ing all three fid­dlers.

To­gether, they play with such re­lent­less pre­ci­sion and fire that the tunes tran­scend all cul­tural and ge­o­graph­i­cal bar­ri­ers, leav­ing a mem­o­rable mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence. Tick­ets are £19, £18 from www.the­brind­ley.org.uk and the Brind­ley box of­fice on 0151 907 8360.

The Celtic Fid­dle Fes­ti­val re­turns to The Brind­ley Theatre in Novem­ber

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