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 www.gnwca.org 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 www.gnwca.org or you can call 246-8998.