Alasdair Fraser’s 10th Annual Grand Fiddlers Rally

grand-fiddlers-rally500.1VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
Sierra Fiddle Camp and The Center for the Arts present
Saturday, June 27, 8:00PM
General Admission
$23 members, $25 non-member
$10 children 12 and under
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Preferred Seating & Reserved Parking
$33 members, $35 non-member
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Alasdair Fraser’s Sierra Fiddle Camp will celebrate the fiddle music of Scotland and the World in Grass Valley at Veterans Memorial Auditorium with their tenth annual Fiddle Camp concert.  Over 200 musicians, singers and dancers ranging in age from 5 to 85 will join Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and the world-class faculty of camp instructors to celebrate with a week of intensive study and revelry.

Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world as one of the finest fiddle players Scotland has ever produced; [his] name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.” —Scots Magazine

This year’s Grand Fiddle Rally combines the music of Scotland and the World with special guests, Laura Cortese (USA), Jeremy Kittel (USA).

Renowned performer and master teacher of the rich fiddling tradition of Scotland, Alasdair Fraser inspires to higher and deeper levels of self-expression within an embracing community of listeners, learners and like-minded folk. The variety and expressivity of Alasdair’s playing is evident in his numerous recordings—from intimate fiddle/guitar duets, to a more contemporary interpretation of tradition, to high energy original tunes with his Skyedance band. Recent, highly acclaimed albums include “Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vols. 1 and 2,” and “Fire and Grace, ” which was named Scots Trad Album of the Year for 2004, “In the Moment” and most recently, “Highlanders Farewell.”.

Laura Cortese2Laura Cortese
 puts her own spin and rhythms on traditional and contemporary songs, deftly strumming, plucking and chopping her fiddle behind her rootsy voice. Cortese’s Irish American grandmother first handed her a fiddle at the age of 4. Eight years later, she discovered folk music in what seems like an unlikely place, the bustling metropolis of her hometown San Francisco. “I found an exceptional community of singers, musicians and dancers at the Valley of the Moon Fiddle Camp,” she says. “People from age 2 to 80 that just love making music together. It’s strange to say, but I think that was the year I decided that music was IT.” In 1999, Cortese moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. Over the next few years she played in several bands including fiddle trio Halali formed with two childhood friends. “I had never really sung solo on stage before Halali. I realized songs are an amazing way to connect to an audience.” In an apartment across the street from Berklee College, Cortese set out to record her debut album Hush in 2002 (re-released on Jar productions 2004). Hush showcases 12 tracks of pop-inspired arrangement that captures the raw sincerity of traditional Celtic music.

jeremy_kittelJeremy Kittel has earned a reputation as one of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation. With tremendous musicality; a rare and deep mastery of styles as diverse as jazz, Scottish and Irish fiddle, bluegrass, classical music, and more; a unique compositional voice, and an “exhilarating stage presence” (Strings Magazine), Kittel inspires listeners and fans worldwide through his solo work and collaborations. Committed to nurturing future generations of musicians, he is a passionate clinician and educator and regularly teaches at programs such as Belmont Strings Crossings, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Mark O’Connor Strings Conference, Swannanoa Gathering, and schools and universities worldwide.


Alasdair Fraser ▪ Laura Courtese ▪ Jeremy Kittel

Hanneke Cassel ▪ Deby Grosjean ▪ Laura Risk
Janette Duncan ▪ Ethan Lewis


Quinn Bachand

Joshua Pinkham


Natalie Haas ▪ Joel Cohen ▪ Erin Esses
Alex McVicar Wilson Jr.


Jas Dziewanowski


Neil Pearlman

Peter Wilson

Laura Cortese

Galen Fraser
Elias Alexander

Presented with support from
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