The musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly-talented young California cellist Natalie Haas is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser, whose cutting-edge musical explorations took him full circle to find a cellist who could help him return the instrument to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music. The duo performs frequently in Europe, and throughout the US and Canada. They have been featured on NPR’s Performance Today, the Thistle & Shamrock, and Mountain Stage, and represented Scotland at the Smithsonian Museum’s Folklife Festival.
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Brittany Haas is a 5-string fiddle player from the San Francisco Bay Area, now residing in Nashville. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide, and came to her unique sound through the old time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative stylings of Darol Anger. She toured, performed with Darol’s Republic of Strings and seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still, Yonder Mountain String Band, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, Abigail Washburn, The Waybacks and recorded on Steve Martin’s Grammy Award-winning CD, “The Crow,” performing in his band on Letterman and SNL.
Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Darol Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous path-breaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, the Duo and other ensembles. Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, and is a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
Julian Kytasty is an American composer, singer, kobzar, bandurist, flute player and conductor of Ukrainian descent. His first studies were in the Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus, in which his father, uncles and grandfather played in and conducted before him. He has been a resident of New York since 1980. With a Masters degree in music from Concordia University in Montreal, Julian’s original compositions and arrangements have entered the standard repertoire of bandurists around the world. A frequent speaker on the bandura and its tradition, Julian has been a guest lecturer at Yale, Harvard, Wesleyan, and the University of California.
Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of enormous talent and potential. Injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, Cedric has been exciting an ever-broadening audience with his unique take on traditional Creole music, and with his new compositions that expand the genre while still respecting its roots. Watson is joined in by fiddle and accordion player Ed Poullard and Bijou Creole bandmate Desiree Champagne on rubboard. Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, and adding his strong blues-inflected vocals, Cedric’s creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer.
Vibrant young musician Natalie Haas is one of the most sought-after cellists in traditional music. She and master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured together as a duo for years, creating a buzz at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and North America. Natalie has also toured extensively with Mark O’Connor as a member of his Appalachia Waltz Trio and been a guest artist on over 50 albums, including those of Natalie MacMaster, Irish greats Solas and Liz Carroll, and Americana icon Dirk Powell. She makes her home in Montreal and is an active member of the traditional music scene.
Nathaniel Smith began studying cello at age five and quickly developed an interest in playing cello in a variety of musical settings. He has studied classical music at the University of Alabama. He has also studied jazz and adapts many tunes from the jazz repertoire to cello. He is a sought after soloist on the national scene, frequently performing and recording with jazz, classical and traditional musicians. Nathaniel has released two albums, Arrhythmia—original music performed on cello, and The Nathaniel Smith Jazz Project, recorded live at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Nathaniel has been touring with Natalie MacMaster since 2007.
Nic Gareiss is a dancer who always leaves audiences thrilled. Born in Michigan, he draws from many percussive dance traditions to create a dance technique that expresses his love of improvisation, traditional footwork, and collaboration. Holding degrees in anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and an MA in ethnochoreology from the University of Limerick, he has performed with the best in traditional music and dance including The Chieftains, Solas, Darol Anger, Liz Carroll, Bruce Molsky, and Alasdair Fraser. At Celtic Colours he will perform with harpist Maeve Gilchrest, Kimberley Fraser and his fellow Artist in Residence, Mac Morin.