The Potomac Valley Scottish Fiddle Club
Made up of musicians at all levels, all walks of life,
and playing many instruments (though mostly fiddle), the Potomac Valley
Scottish Fiddle Club is a great place to learn about and share the traditional
fiddle music of Scotland. About to start its seventeenth year, the club meets
once a month from October to May, enjoying a workshop taught by Music Director
Elke Baker, followed by a potluck dinner and a jam session. The club performs
locally at several events each year, and the Virginia Scottish Games is pleased
to be one of these. The club also puts on Scottish Country Dances and dance
demonstrations with the Northern Virginia branch of the RSCDS. Many of the
other musicians you will hear in the Fiddle Tent are members!
Elke Baker, 1995 US National Scottish Fiddle Champion
tradition at the Virginia Scottish Games is a command performance given by Elke
Baker, champion fiddler and musical director of the Potomac Valley Scottish
Fiddle Club. Elke brings her incomparable skill, energy, and knowledge to her
performances. Just try not tapping your feet or clapping your hands!
The Devilís Tailors
Based in the Alexandria, VA area, The Devilís Tailors
have been performing Scottish and Celtic music since 2008 at pubs and festivals
throughout the DC area, featuring music that spans four hundred years of this
living tradition. Combining instrumental
dance sets with Scots and Gaelic song, they perform music which echoes not only
that from their native lands, but that brought by immigrants to these shores,
which would form some of the oldest roots of our own American folk traditions.
Peat & Barley
Like a fine Scotch whisky, Peat & Barley's music is complex, inviting and always goes down smooth. The interplay between Bill Mitchell's hammered dulcimer and Becky Ross's fiddle - trading melody, rhythm and harmony - draws the listener in and engages them in the ebb and flow of the music. Widely-regarded for their stylish arrangements of traditional Celtic tunes, the duo has released two CDs, "On the Brink" and "Silver Lining", and continue to delight listeners with new repertoire.
The Homespun Ceilidh Band
The Homespun Ceilidh Band has been setting toes a tapping
throughout the Mid-Atlantic for over a decade with their lively "get up
and dance" Celtic music. This nine-member group is known for their
lighthearted and fun approach to performances as well as their distinctive
"big band" Celtic sound.
Elke Baker and Liz Donaldson formed Terpsichore in 1992 as a duo.
In 1993 Ralph Gordon joined them and Terpsichore performs in both trio and duo
configurations. Terpsichore also expands for a big band sound with guest
musicians. Our past guests have included Calum MacKinnon, Marty Taylor, and
Earl Gaddis. Terpsichore is widely regarded as one of the leading Scottish
dance bands of North America, and has played for Scottish country dance events
all over the U.S. and Canada. Terpsichore is also a favorite for
English-Scottish events, since the players are equally talented in English
country dance repertoire. Terpsichore also plays American contradance and
couple dance music and concerts, and has played at the Kennedy Center.
Multi-Genre violinist/fiddler SeŠn Heely is rapidly emerging as one of the most creatively versatile and captivating young artists of his generation. SeŠn is equally at home with a large variety of musical genres which include: Classical, Scottish, Irish, Bluegrass, and Gypsy Swing. He is a Scottish Fiddle National Champion as well as an award-winning Irish Fiddler. SeŠn holds a degree from University of South Carolina in Classical Violin Performance. He has recently been named an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Music Center in Maryland where he will present concerts and educational workshops in Spring 2019. SeŠn has been on the faculty at several summer camps such as Acadia Trad Schooland Upper Potomac Fiddle Retreat. He was selected to compete in the prestigious Fleadh Cheoil na h…ireann All-Ireland Senior Fiddle competition in Aug 2017.
Further questions may be directed to the VSG's Fiddle Chair,