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Colin Cotter

Colin Cotter picked up the fiddle at the age of 4 beginning a life-long journey building upon several generations of his family’s intimate relationship with traditional Finnish music. Over time, musical influences from Scotland to Quebec to New York City to West Africa crept in rendering him a genre-defying folky,…
Ethan Eller
February 23, 2024
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Old Blind Dogs

The musical evolution of Old Blind Dogs began in Aberdeen in 1992 with roots that grew from the eclectic music scene that flourished in the Granite City during the early 90’s. Four musicians from very different musical backgrounds came together to create a full-time professional touring band with the aim…
Ethan Eller
January 1, 2024
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Ryan McKasson

Ryan McKasson has gained a reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator, and teacher. In 1996 he was the youngest to win the National Scottish Fiddle Championship. In 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California where he studied with Donald McInnes. In…
Ethan Eller
February 23, 2024
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Mec Lir

Genre-busting quartet Mec Lir exploded onto the Celtic music scene in 2014 with their debut release Not An EP, launched during their first appearance at one of the world's largest Celtic music festivals, Festival Interceltique de Lorient in Brittany. Since then they went on to release two singles in 2016,…
Ethan Eller
January 30, 2024
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Wake the Dead

Wake the Dead was born in 2000 when three veteran Celtic performers who shared a love for the Grateful Dead experienced a joint flash of inspiration and began weaving the two seemingly alien musical genres into something new and immediately appealing. Singer-fiddler-mandolinist Danny Carnahan, singer-mandolinist Paul Kotapish, and Celtic harper…
February 25, 2016
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Heron Valley

Their inception as a folk band began in 2014, after spending the first few years of their musical careers perfecting their craft as a young ceilidh dance band. In 2018 they formed the line up you now know, when they embarked on their first tour of the USA. Coming from…
April 26, 2018
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Socks in the Frying Pan

Socks in the Frying Pan are a multi-award winning trio from County Clare on the West coast of Ireland, the universal hub of Irish traditional music. Their dynamic vocal harmonies, virtuosic musical ability and their onstage wit has captured and captivated audiences the world around. One of the most sought after…
Ethan Eller
January 12, 2024
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The Trials of Cato

The remarkable rise of BBC Radio 2 award winning trio The Trials of Cato on the UK folk-scene has been the subject of massive critical attention. Dubbed "the Sex Pistols of folk,” (J Davis) they pay clear homage to the tradition whilst twisting old bones into something febrile and modern,…
Ethan Eller
January 12, 2024
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Rachel Hair & Ron Jappy

Ron also performs in a duo with critically acclaimed harpist Rachel Hair. Purveyors of Scotland’s most ancient and contemporary instruments, clarsach and acoustic guitar, these two halves created a whole in September 2017: a subtle yin-yang between spine-tingling clarity and virtuosic drive. Originally paired for a 2 and half week…
Ethan Eller
January 12, 2024
MusicYouth Arts Program

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald encompass everything you could ask for in a musical act, their talent is only surpassed by the joy with which they so generously share it. Exciting and innovative, they have found the perfect balance between musical integrity, and sheer entertainment. While still staying true to their…
March 12, 2015