Award-winning Fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki in Littleton

The Littleton Area Senior Center will host award-winning fiddler Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki performing “Songs of Emigration” storytelling through traditional Irish music, relaying some of the adventures, misadventures and emotions experienced by Irish emigrants.

Jordan was first recognized as part of New Hampshire’s culture at the age of 12, the youngest member of the delegation representing the state at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival in Washington, DC. He has toured nationally with bands in various genres, performed across Ireland and released multiple recordings of celtic music that can be heard on radio stations around New England. He currently performs over 200 shows each years, mostly with his own band, the Jordan TW Trio.

The 1 p.m. program is presented through the NH Humanities Council, and will follow a traditional Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner at noon. The show is free, and a donation is requested for the dinner: $5 for under 60, and $3 for seniors over 60.

Questions? Call Anne-Marie at (603) 444-6050.

Celtic Musicians Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas at Rialto Theatre

The musical partnership between consummate top Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser and dynamic Californian cellist Natalie Haas returns to the North Country on Tuesday, April 9, when the duo performs in concert at the Rialto Theater in Lancaster.

“For music fans worldwide, Alasdair Fraser has set the gold standard of Scottish fiddling,” said Charlie Jordan, President of the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts. “His teaming up with cellist Natalie Haas has taken this genre of Celtic music to new, previously uncharted heights.”

The GNWCA, which first brought Fraser and Haas to northern New Hampshire in 2013, has been fortunate to have corralled this globe-trotting duo for one night in their busy schedule for their first show ever at the Rialto.

They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Alasdair Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (”Last of the Mohicans” and “Titanic” among his credits). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame.

Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who’s who of the fiddle world including Mark O’Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese and many more. The GNWCA has brought Natalie to Colebrook on two recent occasions as one quarter of the super group Duo Duo.

The seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo’s debut recording, “Fire & Grace,” won the coveted the Scots Trad Music Album of the Year award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record four more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe. In northern New England, they won over legions of new fans by their annual appearance as headliners at the N.H. Highland Games each September.

Tickets are $20 and available at the Rialto box office at 80 Main St. in Lancaster, at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., Colebrook, online at or at the door on the night of the show.

For more information on this and other GNWCA shows, find the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts on Facebook, visit or you can call 246-8998.

Fiddler Patrick Ross

Vermont born, fifth generation fiddle player, Patrick Ross won the Vermont-State Fiddle Championship at age 14. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and shared stages with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Paul McCartney. In 2012, he was invited to perform at both the Calvin Coolidge Theater and The Library of Congress and The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. He has had the pleasure of working with Christopher Lloyd in a recent production of “Call Of The Wild” and assisted in the scoring of the film. He now lives in Newbury, Vermont with his wife and daughter.

Patrick works and teaches in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center and has recently started an independent record label called Rock Farmer Records with the mission of producing, recording and preserving Roots music. His solo concerts include a worldwide range of fiddle styles as well as songs he has penned with guitar, banjo, mandolin and cello. For full length videos and other musings please visit

Tickets $15 each. Visit Granite Grind’s Facebook page for updates or call (603) 788-8211.

Don Roy Trio at Colebrook Country Club

Foot stompin’ traditional fiddle music will be celebrated when the Don Roy Trio from Maine performs in the popular Great North Woods Committee for the Arts at the Country Club Concert Series.

GNWCA President Charlie Jordan said, “We are delighted to bring Don and his group back to Colebrook for what is sure to be a fun night of top-notch old-timey music.” The Don Roy Trio features Maine’s own Don Roy on fiddle, his wife Cindy on piano and Jay Young on upright bass. The night will also feature some old-time step dancing.