The group Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations with music lovers getting a chance to hear the sound of fiddling across May 2015.
Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Quebec, Canada) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicholas Quéméner from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, 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.
For the three fiddlers Live in Brittany was their third CD but for Nicolas it was his first recording with the group. In its earliest days, some twenty plus years ago, the line up included, as well as Kevin & Christian, the exhilarating Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham and ace guitarist John McGann of Massachusetts. Sadly, the two Johns are no longer with us, both having passed away as a result of sudden and tragic illnesses. For a brief time it appeared as if the Celtic Fiddle Festival would no longer continue but morale was soon restored. Both Kevin and Christian embraced the addition of André Brunet’s energetic Quebec fiddling and, most recently, Nicholas Quéméner’s warm and imaginative guitar accompaniments have brought a rich musical confidence to the group.
The inspiration behind the formation of the Celtic Fiddle Festival has proven to be an innovative and enduring concept – to highlight the unique qualities of the three distinct fiddle traditions while at the same time showing the strength and power that can be generated when they come together. The Celtic Fiddle Festival combination of music, musicianship and love for their respective traditions continues to delight audiences worldwide.
Sun 3. The Sage Hall Two, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £17.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Mon 4. Victoria Hall Kirkgate, Settle, Yorkshire BD24 9DZ
Tel: 01729 825718 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thu 7. Norden Farm Centre for the Arts Altwood Rd, Maidenhead, W. Berkshire SL6 4PF
Tel: 01628 788997 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 8. Ashcroft Arts Centre Osborn Rd, Fareham, Hampshire PO16 7DR
Tel: 01329 223100 Tickets £16.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 9. Forest Arts Centre Old Milton Rd, New Milton, Hampshire BH25 6DS.
Tel: 01425 612393 Tickets £16.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 10. Pavilion Arts Centre (Buxton Opera House) St John’s Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6BE
Tel: 0845 1272190 Tickets £17.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Mon11. Theatre by the Lake Lake Rd, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DJ
Tel: 01768 774411 Tickets £20.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tues 12. East Riding Theatre 10 Lord Roberts Road, Beverley, Yorkshire HU17 9BE
Tel: 01482 874050 Tickets £17.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 13. Chipping Norton Theatre 2 Spring St, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire OX7 5NL
Tel: 01608 642350 Tickets £15. 00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thu 14. Waterside Arts Centre 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 912 5616 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 15. Ropetackle Arts Centre Little High Street, Shoreham By Sea, W. Sussex BN43 5EG
Tel: 01273 464440 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 16. Cornerstone Arts Centre 25 Station Rd, Didcot, Oxon OX11 7NE
Tel: 01235 515144 Tickets £16.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 17. Shepley Spring Fest Marsh Lane, Shepley, Huddersfield, W. Yorks HD8 8AP
Tel: 02380 711818 Tickets £30.00 (All day ticket) CFF on stage at 2.15 p.m.
Tue 19. Swindon Arts Centre Devizes Road, Old Town, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 4BJ
Tel: 01793 524481 Tickets £17.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 20. The Forge at the Anvil Churchill Way, Basingstoke, Hampshire RG21 7QR
Tel: 01256 844244 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thurs 21 Ludlow Assembly Rooms 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ
Tel: 01584 878141 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 22. Saltaire Live Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, W.Yorkshire BD18 3JS
Tel: 01274 588614 Tickets £15. 00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 23. The Platform Old Station Buildings, Marine Rd West, Morecambe, Lancashire LA4 4DB
Tel: 01524 582803 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Two decades ago, in 1993, the Celtic Fiddle Festival released their first CD. In 2013, the group celebrated their 20th anniversary with tours on both sides of the Atlantic and the release of “Live in Brittany” on the Loftus Music label.