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Celtic Fiddle Festival

Sat 10 June, 2023,
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Date Sat 10 June, 2023, 8pm
Location Hawk's Well Theatre
Price €20/10 u18's
A photograph of four musicians. On the right is a player holding a guitar. The other three musicians are holding violins.

Three sensational fiddlers from three distinct Celtic traditions. Exhilarating fun!” - Boston Herald

Concert update: Please note that Christian Lemaître has been replaced by Yuna Léon, who is also an accomplished violinist in the Breton style.

Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles.

Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires and together conjure an experience of breathtaking performances.

Kevin Burke
is a world-renowned Irish fiddler whose formidable career includes the seminal Irish groups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street. Playing the fluid, highly-ornamented style of County Sligo, Kevin is a recipient of the NEA's (National Heritage Award). Christian Lemaître honed his remarkable skills playing the hypnotic Breton melodies at festou-noz (night dances) throughout Brittany, the Celtic region of France. He is a founding member of the group Kornog. Charlie McKerron the newest member, is one of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, having touring the world with Capercaillie amongst his many other projects.

In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and traditions, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Together, they play with such relentless precision and fire that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers, leaving the audience with a memorable musical experience.

Celtic Fiddle Festival was originally conceived as a unique touring project in 1992, with Burke, Lemaitre, and the great Scottish fiddler Johnny Cunningham. The group proved such a success that a live recording was released. That first album, simply titled Celtic Fiddle Festival (1993, Green Linnet), received glowing critical reviews and racked up impressive sales. Four albums and numerous international tours later, the ensemble is now one of the most popular on the Celtic circuit


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