2016 CELTIC MUSIC

*Music list subject to change

Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

Master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland's premier fiddle ambassador, and Natalie Haas, one of the most sought after cellists in Celtic music today, have represented Scotland at the Smithsonian's Folklife Festival and have been featured on nationally broadcast Performance Today, Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage. Their critically acclaimed debut recording Fire & Grace won the coveted Scots Traditional Music "Album of the Year," the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. In recent years Alasdair and Natalie have helped reconstruct and revive the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello ("wee fiddle" and "big fiddle"). Alasdair and Natalie will be playing two 1-hour sets on the Main Stage and a 45-minute set on the Workshop Stage during the Scottish Fair.

   

   
Laura MacKenzie & Brass Lassie

Also featured on the main stage will be Master Folk Artist Laura MacKenzie with her band Brass Lassie. Brass Lassie will come to life this year, and will be featured at the Minnesota Scottish Fair on July 9th. This 9 - 10 piece group will perform traditional music (and dance - with sean nós dancer Danielle Enblom) augmented by a four-piece brass section. Some of the illustrious members of the ensemble: Mary Vanorny, fiddle; Patrice Pakiz, piano; Danielle Enblom, fiddle and dance; Tricia Lerohl, French horn, Billy O, percussion - plus more horns, and bass. Peter Enblom on board as horn arranger.

Laura MacKenzie
   

   
Dick Hensold

Dick Hensold is currently one of the foremost Northumbrian smallpipers in North America. He has performed overseas, and has taught Northumbrian smallpipes a workshops in the United States, Canada, and Northumberland. He also plays Swedish bagpipes, Medieval greatpipes, Highland pipes, recorder, seljefløyte, and low whistle, and is an active composer, studio musican and theater musician. Piper Dick Hensold will be performing and playing for the Highland Country Dancing in the workshop area.

   

 
Jennifer Narkevicius

Jennifer Narkevicius is President, Competition Chair and a credentialed judge of the Scottish Harp Society of America. She performs on a regular basis on the east coast and regularly leads harp tours to Scotland. She has played for Walter Reed Army Hospital, the Royal Air Force Kinloss Officers Club and in Ballindalloch and Delgatie Castles in Scotland. Jennifer will perform and teach in the workshop area at the Minnesota Scottish Fair. Jennifer tours in Scotland frequently and is very highly regarded in the Scottish Harp community and holds the highest positions in the Scottish Harp Society of America.

   

   
Ross Sutter  

Ross Sutter is a vocalist who accompanies himself on guitar, button accordion, concertina and bodhran, the goat-skinned drum. Especially engaging are his renditions of ballads – songs that tell a story. He has collected songs in Scotland and studied with master singers from there including Jean Redpath, Norman Kennedy and the Stewarts of Blair.  He has appeared on A Prairie Home Companion singing the songs of Robert Burns, at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Dublin Irish Fest and at hundreds of other festivals in the Midwest. He has also toured two times in Scotland performing at various clubs and festivals. For over twenty years Ross sang at the Twin Cities Scottish Club's annual Burns Night dinners. In addition to main stage performances, he has been a wonderful component of the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games family area where he teaches song games and folk dances.

   

 
Gunn Slingers

Total Scottish ceilidh funk in its wildest form. Formed by Scottish Accordionist Neil Gunn, The Gunn Slingers have exploded on to the Minnesota ceilidh scene. They play a mix of traditional Scottish tunes with hard groove and high energy to create a night of dancing and craic you will never forget.